Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The LaneDrury Lane
West End, Greater London WC2B 5JF
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London's oldest theatre still in use. The first theatre on this site was built in 1662 and opened as the Theatre Royal in 1663. Destroyed by fire in 1672 and re-designed by Sir Christopher Wren re-opening in 1674. Forced to close in 1676 as Dorset Garden was more popular. By 1682 London could only support one theatre and a combined company re-occupied Drury Lane. In 1791 the theatre closed and was re-built to a design by Holland, re-opening in 1794. It burned down in 1809. A new theatre opened in 1812 designed by Wyatt and closed in 1878 (bankruptcy). The theatre re-opened in 1879 and has been open ever since, it closed briefly in 1939 but re-opened as the HQ of ENSA, despite being bombed in 1940. The theatre has a lot of history! One odd tradition, on Twelfth Night each year a large cake is given to the actors at the theatre courtesy of a Robert Baddeley, who died in 1794 … 1996 marked the 200th anniversary. 2245 seats. Backstage Tours are available (approx 90 minutes), information on 020 7240 5357. Prior to the opening of The Witches of Eastwick, the auditorium of the Theatre Royal was architecturally remodelled, giving it a new seating configuration. The previous capacity of 2,245 seats was reduced to 1,650 to maximise intimacy. [Society of London Theatre] member. Jan 2019 - Shut for 20 months to undergo a £45 million renovation project.

Current Productions


Final performance: 08 September 2024

Alfie Boe

Performances begin: 17 June 2024

Uncanny: I Know What I Saw

Performances begin: 25 June 2024

Layton and Nikita Live

Performances begin: 16 July 2024

Something Rotten!In Concert

Performances begin: 05 August 2024

Oklahoma!In Concert

Performances begin: 19 August 2024

No Such Thing as a FishThundernerds

Performances begin: 23 October 2024

Past Productions

The O’Jays

Closed: 15 July 2018

Dan Levy

Closed: 01 November 2021

Venue Tour

Closed: 26 May 2022

Van Morrison

Closed: 05 April 2022

Jeremy Jordan

Closed: 30 August 2022

Hannah Gadsby

Closed: 05 December 2022

Emma Bunton

Closed: 19 December 2022

Samantha Barks

Closed: 30 May 2023

Nick Offerman

Closed: 27 June 2023

Nick Offerman

Closed: 04 July 2023

Evita In Concert

Closed: 01 August 2023

Alexis Ffrench

Closed: 19 December 2023

Ghost Story Live

Closed: 05 February 2024

Pippin In Concert

Closed: 30 April 2024