Theatre Royal Drury Lane
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Historic theatre dating to the 17th century
Wren's theatre was demolished in 1791 to make way for a new building, designed by Henry Holland. Holland's theatre burned down in 1809, so a fourth theatre was built, this time designed by Benjamin Watts. It is Watts's building that we can see today. With a capacity of 2205 it is still one of the largest theatres in London's West End.
NB. Though the theatre name suggests it is located on Drury Lane, it only backs onto that street; the front entrance is actually on Catherine Street.
Across Catherine Street from the theatre entrance is the Nell of Old Drury pub. An underground tunnel links the pub and the theatre, and rumour has it that the tunnel was used by Charles II to secretly visit his mistress, Nell Gwynn.
About Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Address: Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, Greater London, England, WC2B 5JF
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Nearest underground station is Covent Garden.
Website: Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Nearest station: Covent Garden - 0.2 miles (straight line) - Zone: 1
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