Theatre Royal Drury Lane


The first building at this location was built after the Restoration. Opened in 1663, it was recorded by the acting troupe of Thomas Killigrew as one of the two theaters with a royal patent ( see patent Theatre ). After this building was burned down in 1672, a new one was built according to plans by Christopher Wren and opened in 1674. Mid-18th century, the theater experienced a heyday with the leadership of Colley Cibber and his future manager and conducting actor David Garrick, who counted on popular actresses such as Kitty Clive. 1773 was the theater workplace of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Thomas Linley senior and Thomas Linley junior.

Because this building no longer met the requirements in the course of the 18th century, it was demolished in 1791 and a new one built according to plans by Henry Holland, which was used from 1794, but after only ten years on February 24, 1804 once again down to the ground burned.

Today's theater building that can accommodate about 2200 spectators, was inaugurated in 1812. In the 1830s the house presented menageries known animal trainers, such as the big cats screenings of the Europe-wide renowned French art rider and animal showman Henri Martin 1833 or the American Isaac Van Amburgh, whose performances in 1839, the young Queen Victoria visited several times. 1847, the Directorate of Drury Lane was entrusted to the famous and eccentric orchestra conductor and French composer of dance music Louis -Antoine Jullien ( 1812-1860 ). He invited 1847 Hector Berlioz to conduct the orchestra.

The official address is now Catherine Street, a road parallel to Drury Lane.

Since the mid- 1980s, the house was home to large musical productions such as 42nd Street, Miss Saigon and My Fair Lady.

Current Bespielung

From January 14 2009 to 8 January 2011, the musical Oliver! listed. From mid-May 2011 starts the Broadway import "Shrek".


Miss Naturally, the theater is often used as Drury Lane Theatre Drury Lane Theatre or referred. In fact, this means that theater Theatre Royal. Drury Lane is an additional location information to distinguish the theater of the same name worldwide. In London, two other theaters named Theatre Royal are known: First, there is the Theatre Royal Haymarket, on the other hand it was the Theatre Royal Covent Garden, the predecessor of the Royal Opera House.