The Theatre Royal of Drury Lane dates back to 1812 but was built where three other theaters previously stood, so this is a site that has had theatres for at least 350 years. Not only that, in the 17th and 18th centuries it was probably the largest theatre in London.
The first theatre was in fact built in 1663 but it caught fire after a few years. It was rebuilt with a facade by the great architect Christopher Wren and this theatre lasted 120 years. In 1791 they decided to demolish it to build a larger theatre which unfortunately burned down after only 15 years. It was rebuilt as it is now.
It is now a Grade I listed building. It is mainly used for musical productions such as Miss Saigon, Shrek the Musical and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Coming up as soon as the pandemic allows it is the much anticipated theatrical version of Disney’s Frozen. You can buy tickets here as soon as they go on sale, hopefully they can start the shows this spring.
This theatre is also famous for its ghosts, in addition to the man dressed in grry in the eighteenth century style that appears every now and then, it is also said that the ghosts of some actors who played in the theater appear. This theatre is located on Charlotte Street near Covent Garden in London.
Leave a light on for me…A ghost light
There is a theatre tradition that not everyone is aware of, it is where a light is left on in the centre of the stage when the theatre is ‘dark’. A ghost light.
This is of course completely practical ,making sure the stage is safely lit to avoid accidents, such as falling off the edge into the orchestra pit by anyone who might be working after a show or working alone in the theatre when there is no production.
Some claim that the tradition began in the days of gas-lit theatres when dim gas lights were left burning to relieve pressure on the gas valves however this tradition of a dim single light on the stage also has a spooky superstition to it.
Older theatres are notorious for having a ghostly presence, so the ghost light allows ghosts in the theatre to perform on stage when there is no-one else in the building. This is meant to please the ghosts so they don’t cause havoc and sabotage shows.
This is also used to explain the traditional one day a week that theatres are closed, Can you imagine the ghosts of the centuries past congregating to perform together once a week in order to fulfill their need to entertain even if it is just other ghosts!
Many theatres have been forced to close during the COVID-19 pandemic and have renewed the tradition of ghost lights as a way of indicating the theatres will survive against the odds and re-open.
The Rocky Horror Show UK Tour Dates
Richard O’Brien’s ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ has to be one of the strangest, wackiest, yet oddly compelling cult musicals to still be a huge hit. Since it was released in film form over forty years ago the stage version continues to attract both ardent fans and new audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
This quirky show is a parody of classic horror movies with a twist, when two young college graduates on their way to visit their old professor their car breaks down as just as we would all do they head for the creepy old mansion for help where they meet Dr The Rocky Horror Show’ is so loved by its fans that you will often find yourself in queues flanked by middle aged men in stockings and suspenders and normally sedate women dressed to thrill.
Its all part of the fun and entering into the spirit of the show can only make the whole experience more memorable.The wonderful rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack is explosive and thrilling, a story full of innuendo, with plenty of rude crude humour appeals to many and what should be shocking is actually rather good fun and you cant help but join in with the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp.
Tickets can be found here
20 SEPTEMBER – 25 SEPTEMBER
9 AUGUST – 14 AUGUST
13 SEPTEMBER – 18 SEPTEMBER
24 AUGUST – 29 AUGUST
6 SEPTEMBER – 11 SEPTEMBER
21 JUNE – 26 JUNE
12 APRIL – 17 APRIL
19 APRIL – 24 APRIL
26 APRIL – 1 MAY
3 MAY – 8 MAY
10 MAY – 15 MAY
17 MAY – 22 MAY
24 MAY – 29 MAY
14 JUNE – 19 JUNE
31 MAY – 5 JUNE
2 AUGUST – 7 AUGUST
28 JUNE – 3 JULY
19 JULY – 24 JULY
26 JULY – 31 JULY
5 APRIL – 10 APRIL
27 SEPTEMBER – 2 OCTOBER
17 AUGUST – 22 AUGUST
4 MARCH – 13 MARCH
29 MARCH – 3 APRIL
Is there anybody who hasn’t actually seen the film Grease?
The famously sewn into leggings worn by the end of film sultry Sandy is the stuff of legends! But this year a wonderful new theatre production is about to make a tour of Uk theatres and some will even feature Peter Andre as ‘teenangel’.
For those of you that by some amazing chance have never seen the film ( were you abducted by aliens since 1978?) and do not know the rock and roll story of ‘Summer lovin’ we are transported to the summer of 1958 where the leader of local greaser gang Danny meets pure innocent Sandy and they fall in love.
They never think they will meet again but the story really begins when Sandy enrolls at Rydell high school and they are reunited and their romance takes on twists and turns of teenage angst and fun . With songs that are timeless and fun, you can jin in with the Pink ladies and the T birds in finding ‘the one that you want’ in a ‘greased lightening’ production full of ‘electrifying’ choreography songs and vitality.
You can find the dates and tickets of the tour here.
Concerts coming up!
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