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Theatre Royal Drury Lane Tours

Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Please note: Theatre Royal Drury Lane is currently closed for renovation. The reopening is scheduled for fall 2020.

Dating to the 17th century, Theatre Royal Drury Lane is one of London’s oldest theaters. It's hosted performances ranging from Shakespeare to Monty Python for more than 350 years. Today, the venue is a West End institution, known for hosting musical productions by greats such as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Ivor Novello, and Noël Coward. 

The Basics
The best way to experience the theater is with a show. Book in advance to secure seats, opting for a matinee or evening performance to suit your schedule. Alternatively, explore behind the scenes with a guide for access to restricted spaces and deeper insight into the site’s architectural history. Many themed city tours include visits to this historic location—whether you’re a horror hunter or disco diva, you have options.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • A visit to the iconic Theatre Royal Drury Lane is a must for theater lovers.
  • The venue has wheelchair-accessible seating in the stalls, adapted bathrooms, and a level-access entrance on Russell Street.
  • The theater is one of the West End’s most popular, so it’s a good idea to book ahead to guarantee tickets, though last-minute deals are sometimes available.

How to Get There
Theatre Royal Drury Lane is a short walk from Covent Garden and Holborn underground stations, and about 10 minutes from Charing Cross mainline station on foot. Several local buses stop along the Strand. Evening or weekend theatergoers can benefit from Q-Park's Theatreland Parking Scheme, which offers discounted parking to theater ticket holders.

When to Get There
Visitors with kids or busy evenings can take advantage of matinee shows, while worn-out sightseers can unwind after a busy day with an evening performance.

ENSA Headquarters and a Lucky Escape
During World War II, Theatre Royal Drury Lane served as headquarters for the Entertainments National Service Association. ENSA was set up to entertain the armed forces during the war. Performances were prepared at the theater, and then broadcast or toured across Allied territories. Despite fear of bombing, the stars and staff worked tirelessly on the shows. One night, a bomb did fall, though no one died. Part of the bomb is displayed at the theater.
Address: Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JF, England
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