Although previous theatres have been on the site of the iconic West End theatres, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane has stood since 1812. It is the oldest theatre site in the West End, and every monarch has visited it since it opened.
Its early triumph can be easily attributed to being one of only two theatres to receive royal permission to perform drama. Its uniquely large size helped capture his imagination, extraordinary and expensive productions were often staged. The theatre was the venue where people heard "Rule Britannia" and the national anthem for the first time.
Post-war, legendary composers Rodgers and Hammerstein ruled the roost with Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific and The King and I all staged within 10 years.
The Theatre Royal Drury Lane is often hailed as the most haunted theatre in London. Among the ghosts are Charles Macklin, who murdered a fellow actor on stage by accident because of a wig argument; pantomime comedian Dan Leno and one of the earliest clowns Joe Grimaldi (whose ghost allegedly likes to play pranks on staff).