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Theatre Royal Drury Lane London

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London - The Home of Frozen the Musical

About the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Theatre Royal Drury Lane is a West End landmark and one of the most renowned theatres in the world. The Grade I listed building dates back to 1663, making it the oldest theatre site in London still in use. The current theatre was designed by architect Benjamin Wyatt and opened in 1812 with a production of Hamlet. For the two centuries since the reign of King Charles II, Drury Lane was one of only two theatres licensed to produce 'legitimate drama' in London. All other theatres were forbidden from staging spoken word plays until the act was revoked in 1843.

Since the end of the Second World War, the theatre's primary use has been to host long-running productions of large-scale musicals, including the UK premieres of many golden age Broadway musicals in the 1960s and 70s such as Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady, Hello, Dolly! and A Chorus Line. Drury Lane is currently owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber's LW Theatres' and has recently reopened following a major refurbishment to restore many of the building's original Regency-era features. Theatre Royal Drury Lane is currently home to Frozen the Musical.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time does the Theatre Royal Drury Lane box office open and how do I collect tickets?

The box office is open from 10am - 8pm on Monday - Saturday. Opening times vary for performances on Sundays and bank holidays. Ticket collection for same-day performances is prioritised in the hour before the show begins, and you are advised to bring your order details to ensure speedy collection and reaching your seats.

What time does the Theatre Royal Drury Lane open for a show?

The auditorium opens approximately 30 minutes before the performance. However, the venue houses a selection of all-day bars and cafes, some of which are open from 9.30am. This beautifully refurbished regency style venue is a stunning place to spend time enjoying a drink or afternoon tea, so it is recommended that you allow plenty of time to explore the venue itself before the start of the show.

What food and drink are available at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane?

"The Lane", as the venue is affectionately known, contains a total of four bars and cafes with a wide range of food and drink options in lavish surroundings. Examples include The Garden, where coffee, cocktails and seasonable bites are served in indoor and outdoor seating. The Grand Saloon serves a Regency-inspired menu including a lavish Afternoon Tea. Other bars such as The Rotunda and Cecil Beaton Bar serve a range of champagne, cocktails, wines, beers, soft drinks and snacks.

Does the Theatre Royal Drury Lane have a cloakroom?

Cloakroom facilities are not available at the theatre. Visitors should make sure that any bags or clothing they bring can be held comfortably on their laps for the duration of the performance.

Are booster seats available at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane?

Booster seats are available for children sitting in the Stalls and Royal Circle only. Booster seats are not available for patrons with tickets for the Grand Circle or Balcony levels. Children need to be under 4ft to be given a booster seat. Please ask an usher for assistance when you enter the auditorium.

Where should I eat near the Theatre Royal Drury Lane?

The venue is just a short stroll into the heart of Covent Garden where there are many restaurants and cafes to enjoy a pre or post-theatre dinner. If you're taking your family to see Frozen, why not eat at Wahaca? This vibrant Mexican restaurant is a big hit with kids and adults alike. Alternatively, Pizza Pilgrims is a popular choice and is just 10 minutes from the theatre.

What is the best hotel to stay at near the Theatre Royal Drury Lane?

If you're looking to make your trip extra special, consider a stay at the five-star One Aldwych Hotel, which is a 5-minute walk from the theatre. This hotel is ideally located for exploring many of London's landmarks and is equipped with world-class facilities. For a cheaper option, take a look at the Z Hotel Holborn, which is a 10-minute walk away.

How do I contact the box office?

The box office does not have a direct phone number. Calls regarding bookings for Frozen the Musical can be made to 0800 640 8100. For other contact options and venue information, visit
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