42nd Street

Broadway's biggest musical 42nd Street dances into London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane for a dazzling run beginning in March 2017. Based on the classic American dream, this glitzy big-budget show is directed by Mark Bramble, who co-authored the book for the original Broadway production in 1980. Winning the coveted Tony Award for Best Musical, 42nd Street has since been revived countless times across the globe.

42nd Street follows dancer Peggy Sawyer, who catches an extraordinarily lucky break on Broadway and is given the opportunity to become a star. Featuring timeless classics including "Shuffle Off to Buffalo", "Dames", "Lullaby of Broadway" and of course "42nd Street", 42nd Street is the highly anticipated return of a cracking musical!
WAS £96.00
NOW £84.00
Booking until 6 September 2017

Box Office Contacts

Box Office:0844 412 4660
Access Booking:0844 412 4648
Group Booking:0844 412 4660
Stage Door:020 7850 8790

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The Theatre Royal Drury Lane is one of the oldest and biggest theatre sites in the West End and its venue on Catherine Street has been home to each of the four theatres 1663

The early theatre buildings tended to house melodrama, opera and pantomime and were known, as the current theatre is today, for its big extravagant sets.

In the 18th century the theatre famously launches the career of Joseph Grimaldi, a Regency era clown who is said to haunt the Theatre Royal Drury Lane to this day.

After two previous theatres were destroyed by fires, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane as we know it today was rebuilt in 1811 and reopened a year later with a production of Hamlet. Notable early performances included a production of Cataract of the Ganges (1823) which required an elaborate grand finale with a horseback escape and raging fire!

The mid to late 19th century saw a plethora of English and Italian Opera at the theatre, including The Maid of Artois, Maritana and performances from the Carl Rosa Opera Company as well as a successful run of plays including The Shaugraun.

Big budget productions continued throughout the 20th century, with the 1909 play The Whip kicking things off with a rip-roaring start as a derailed train hissed steam and 12 real horses ran amok! Similarly large scale was Noel Coward’s 1931 play Cavalcade, which featured over 300 cast and crew!

Throughout World War Two the theatre became the base of the Entertainments National Service Association but sustained minor damage from bomb blasts, reopening after a short dark period in 1946 with Pacific 1860.

The post war years were when musicals infiltrated the theatre, with many Rodgers and Hammerstein shows making their West End debuts at the venue, including Oklahoma! (1946), South Pacific (1951) and The King and I (1953).

My Fair Lady ran at the theatre for five years from 1958, as did 42nd Street from 1984. However the theatres first major modern success was Miss Saigon which ran for 10 years from 1989.

Recent productions have included The Producers (2004), the high budget The Lord of the Rings (2007), Oliver! (2009) and Shrek the Musical (2011).

The current production at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane is new musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which made its world debut at the theatre in June 2013.

Past Shows

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
(closed 6 Jan 2017)