Drury Lane – West End Theatre
When thinking of well known London theatres, Drury Lane may well come to mind as one of the oldest theatres in the district. Situated in Covent Garden, the building actually faces Catherine street and its rear is on Drury Lane. It was officially named Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 1674, and today is known by theatre goers as just Drury Lane.
A theatre has been on this site since 1663, and Drury Lane lost two of its previous incarnations to fire.
The current stage, o
pened in 1812 with a showing of Hamlet, is owned by none other than Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber. Designed by Benjamin Wyatt, it boasts the only two Royal Boxes of any West End theatre.
Seating at Theatre Royal Drury Lane
- Well known for its interiors, it is regarded as one of the West End’s most beautiful theatres.
- Seating is arranged over four levels; the Balcony, Grand circle, Royal circle and Stalls.
The auditorium has four levels – Stalls, Royal Circle, Grand Circle and Balcony. It is a beautiful auditorium, with many theatre enthusiasts coming here solely for the stunning aesthetics.
Due to the four levels, the Balcony is particularly high, so if you are affected by heights it is suggested you try one of the lower levels to see your favourite show here!
Julie Andrews starred in the opening of My Fair Lady in 1958, which ran until 1963, before reviving it in 2001, as popular as ever.
The title of the theatre’s longest running show goes to Miss Saigon (with over 4000 performances between 1989 and 1999!).
In 2017, this historic theatre is home to 42nd Street. Starring Sheena Easton, a Grammy Award winner and Prince collaborator (among many other career heights), this show promises a good old song and dance and stories of chasing Broadway dreams.