Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JF

Theatre Royal Drury Lane Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, is one of four theatres originally built on the same location, dating back to 1663, making it the oldest theatre in London. The first theatre, commissioned by Thomas Killigrew, was destroyed by fire in 1672. Killigrew commissioned Christopher Wren to design and build a bigger theatre on the same spot, renamed the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, opening in 1674.

After 120 years the building was demolished and in 1794 the much larger Drury Lane theatre was built, only to burn down just 15 years later in 1809. The building was once again rebuilt and the theatre that stands today was opened in 1812. The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, currently has 2,222 seats and has played host to a range of theatre, including actor Edmund Kean in a number of Shakespearean productions, comedian Den Leno and the acclaimed comedy troupe, Monty Python.

Other notable productions include Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady, Camelot, Sweeney Todd and Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Miss Saigon, which, with a total of 4,263 performances, holds the record for the theatre’s longest running show. The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, is at Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JF, and close to Covent Garden tube station.

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