Andrew Lloyd Webber’s LW Theatres has confirmed that the Theatre Royal Drury Lane will retain its name when it reopens next year after a £60 million redevelopment.
It follows reports that the West End theatre would be renamed the Lane when it opens its doors again in 2020 with the London transfer of Frozen.
LW Theatres, which owns the venue, has clarified that the 2,000-seat theatre will continue to be called the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
However, the theatre will sit within the Lane, which will be the name given to the wider redeveloped site and which includes a new all-day restaurant and bar offering.
A theatre going by the Theatre Royal name has existed on the Drury Lane site since the 1600s, with the current grade I-listed building built in 1812.
The theatre is currently closed as the major restoration project continues, with a planned reopening in October 2020. The auditorium is being resized and will be reduced from 2,200 seats to 2,000 to incorporate a flexible auditorium that can be configured as either proscenium arch or in-the-round.
Its front-of-house facilities will be open to the public all day and will include new bars and a restaurant, in order to make the Lane site “a destination venue in its own right”.
Following a run on Broadway, Frozen – directed by Michael Grandage – will begin previews at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in October, produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.