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350th Anniversary

Katherine Eames was a brilliant Nell Gwynne at the 350th birthday party for Old Madam Drury at St Paul's, Covent Garden, on 7 May. Also with us is artist Jan Bowman, who created the beautiful Drury Lane Cavalcade for the cover of the book.

The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, opened its doors on 7 May 1663 with a performance of The Humorous Lieutenant by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher.

On 7 May 2013, a group of theatre-lovers met in St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, to wish Old Madam Drury a happy 350th. Guests were welcomed by Nell Gwynne to the Actors' Church (the parish church of both Drury Lane and the Royal Opera House) where so many of the great figures in the history of Drury Lane are buried or commemorated.




Alexander Duliba (baritone) and Magnus Gilljam (piano) gave a superb performance of some of the great songs from Drury Lane shows.

The talented young baritone Alexander Duliba gave a magnificent performance of numbers by Ivor Novello, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, all of which were first heard by the British public at Drury Lane. He was ably accompanied on the piano by Magnus Gilljam.

BBC News Video

Brenda Emmanus, BBC News arts correspondent, covered the anniversary for the BBC London news that night.


Magnificent Restoration

Andrew Lloyd Weber's resoration of The Theatre Royal,Drury Lane

To commemorate the 350th anniversary, Andrew Lloyd Webber has spent £4 million restoring the original 1812 decorative scheme of the Grand Saloon and rotunda of Drury Lane. The magnificent interiors were revealed to the press on 15 May.

Here's to the next 350 years!