Theatre Royal

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Tel: 020 7087 7966
Email: access@reallyuseful.co.uk

Access into the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane:
Access into the theatre: 6 steps up to front entrance through swing doors into main foyer and Box Office. Box Office counter to right. 20 steps down then 17 up to Stalls with handrails on both sides, 39 to Dress Circle with a handrail on the right, 61 to Upper Circle with a handrail on both sides. Top stair of each group is highlighted.

Wheelchair access
Please contact the Theatre Manager on arrival. Entrance to theatre through signposted door on Russell Street which leads into the left of the Stalls. The door has a bell on the outside. Four spaces for wheelchairs users, L1 and 35 and K1 and 35, companions can sit in the same row. Transfer seating to aisle seats, wheelchairs can be stored in the Stalls store room (maximum of two scooter transferees).
Disabled toilets
Adapted toilet to the left inside Russell Street entrance, beside the Stalls.
Toilets
No steps to Men’s from Stalls. Further toilets at Stalls and Grand Circle.
Leg room
All of row K and C1, C29, D1 & D33 in the Stalls have the most leg room.
Drinks
All drinks can be brought to disabled customers in the auditorium. Stalls bar 17 steps down from the Stalls – some seating, fairly large. Further bars at Dress Circle, Upper Circle and Balcony.
Induction loop
Infra-red system with headsets. Induction loop at Box Office. Headsets available in the foyer.
Parking
Single yellow lines on Russell Street. NCP in Drury Lane. Taxi rank at Covent Garden Piazza end of Russell Street (under New London Theatre).
Access dogs
Access dogs are allowed inside the auditorium. Staff can also dog-sit for four dogs per performance in the Manager’s office.

Our History

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1663

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Charles II granted a charter to Thomas Killigrew allowing the first of four theatres on the current site.

Charles II granted a charter to Thomas Killigrew allowing the first of four theatres on the current site.

1812

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Current Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, designed by Benjamin Dean Wyatt was built.

Current Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, designed by Benjamin Dean Wyatt was built.

1902

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Spectacular effects in the staging of Ben Hur include a sinking galleon and a chariot race with real horses.

Spectacular effects in the staging of Ben Hur include a sinking galleon and a chariot race with real horses.

1931

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Noel Coward’s Cavalcade was a huge success with on stage recreations of historical scenes including Queen Victoria’s funeral and the relief of Mafeking.

Noel Coward’s Cavalcade was a huge success with on stage recreations of historical scenes including Queen Victoria’s funeral and the relief of Mafeking.

1935

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Glamorous Night, written by and starring Ivor Novello, saved the theatre from bankruptcy.

Glamorous Night, written by and starring Ivor Novello, saved the theatre from bankruptcy.

1939

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During the Second World War Drury Lane was the headquarters of the Entertainment National Services Association (E.N.S.A.).

During the Second World War Drury Lane was the headquarters of the Entertainment National Services Association (E.N.S.A.).

1947

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Oklahoma! is the first of four consecutive Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals to open at Drury Lane.

Oklahoma! is the first of four consecutive Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals to open at Drury Lane.

1958

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My Fair Lady began a five and a half year run.

My Fair Lady began a five and a half year run.

1989

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Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon began a ten year run making it the longest running show in Drury Lane history.

Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon began a ten year run making it the longest running show in Drury Lane history.

2009

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Cameron Mackintosh’s revival of Oliver! starred Rowan Atkinson and Jodie Prenger

Cameron Mackintosh’s revival of Oliver! starred Rowan Atkinson and Jodie Prenger

2013

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Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opened.

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opened.
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