Theatre Royal Drury Lane
A Star Reborn
Pamela Hartshorne, Foreword by Andrew Lloyd Webber
The world’s oldest theatre site in continuous use, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane has been at the heart of Covent Garden for more than three hundred and fifty years. The present theatre was built in 1811 and has now been restored to its original Georgian glory by Andrew and Madeleine Lloyd Webber.
This souvenir guide unearths the secrets of a theatre that has survived tragedy and fire, royal scandals, ghosts and even murder, while keeping audiences enthralled for centuries.
Based in York, Dr Pamela Hartshorne is a historian, project editor and author of non-fiction and fiction under a variety of pseudonyms.
Andrew Lloyd Webber has composed the scores of some of the world’s most famous musicals. From Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1969) to Cinderella (2021), his work has been consistently seen on world stages. He is one of the select group of artists with ‘EGOT’ status, having received Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards. Lloyd Webber owns six London theatres, including the iconic London Palladium and Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Every penny made from his theatres is ploughed back into the buildings.