42nd Street

Broadway's biggest musical 42nd Street plays at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane. 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"!
Booking until 5 January 2019

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London’s oldest theatre, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane has one of the largest stages in the West End. Four buildings have stood on the site, the first opening in 1663 and housing comic melodramas and Restoration comedy that featured the likes of Nell Gwynn and Charles Hart.

Following a fire in 1672, the theatre was rebuilt and reopened in 1674, employing Joseph Grimaldi as the resident Clown. It is said that the ghost of Grimaldi haunts the theatre to this day! 1791 saw the building demolished and rebuilt, opening once more in 1794 before burning down yet again in 1809.

The current Drury Lane building was erected in 1812 and has hosted a number of famous actors, including David Garrick, Edmund Kean, Ivor Novello and more. Early productions included Cataract of the Ganges (1823), The Prisoner of War (1842), A Blot in the ‘Scutcheon (1843), The Queen of Spades (1851), Eugenie (1855) and King John (1865).

Under the management of Augustus Harris in 1879, the venue began to host pantomimes alongside operas and comedies, as well as large-scale dramas including Armada (1888) and The Whip (1909), which featured many special effects and gigantic sets.

Sir Alfred Butt renovated the venue in 1922, reducing the seating capacity and reinforcing the structure. Ivor Novello played popular musicals throughout the next decade, until the outbreak of the Second World War. During this time, the theatre became the headquarters for the Entertainments National Service Association.

In 1946, the theatre reopened with a production of Noel Coward’s Pacific 1860, followed by musicals Oklahoma! (1947-1950), Carousel (1950-1951), South Pacific (1951-1953), The King and I (1953-1956), My Fair Lady (1958-1963), Camelot (1964-1965), Hello, Dolly! (1965-1967) and The Great Waltz (1970-1972).

In more recent years, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane has become synonymous with hosting large-scale musicals. Long-running productions have included A Chorus Line (1976-1979), 42nd Street (1984-1989), Miss Saigon (1989-1999), The Producers (2004-2007), The Lord of the Rings (2007-2008), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s revival of Oliver! (2009-2011) and Shrek the Musical (2011-2013).

Sam Mendes directed the world premiere of the musical adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which opened at the theatre in 2013 and played a five-year run until 2017, before transferring to Broadway. Mark Bramble’s production of 42nd Street followed in March 2017 and continues to play to packed-out audiences.

Past Shows

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
(closed 6 Jan 2017)