Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

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Address:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Corner of Catherine Street and Drury Lane, Covent GardenWC2B 5JF
Tel:
Work 0207 494 5060

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Charing Cross BKL NRN, Covent Garden PCL, Embankment BKL CRC DSC NRN, Holborn CNT PCL, Leicester Square NRN PCL, Temple CRC DSC
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The Theatre Royal that we see today dates from 1812, and is the fourth theatre to be built on the site.

The first building was converted from an old cock-pit in the reign of James I, and rebuilt by Christopher Wren in 1660.

A century later the theatre had fallen into disrepair and Henry Holland was commissioned to replace it. His construction lasted all of fifteen years before the flames came calling. The dramatist Richard Sheridan is said to have retired to the shop next door whilst it burnt to the ground, calmly drinking port: Surely, he said, a man may take a glass of port by his own fireside.

The fourth and final theatre was built by Benjamin Wyatt in 1812.

Theatre Royal’s ghost

Theatre Royal is said to be haunted by a ghost that appears in the Circle during matinees. He dates from 1840, when a skeleton was discovered behind a wall with a knife in his ribs.

 
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