Vintage London Theatreland

The architecture, the Ivy, lights and greasepaint, means it can only be London’s West End.

Vintage London Theatreland

Vintage London Theatreland

And witnessing “42nd Street” at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, is like closing the seal on a living, tap-dancing time capsule right in the heart of London’s vintage Theatreland.

Royal Box or Stalls at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Royal Box or Stalls at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

I realize how unique the sense of style was for the minds behind “42nd Street,” in my vlog (below). Our giftings and therefore our imprint, no matter what our vocation, is so specific for the time into which we are born!

 

And in person, Bonnie Langford is nothing like the moody diva, Dorothy Brock, she’s playing at Drury Lane!

Douglas Rickard meets Bonnie Langford from 42nd Street

Douglas Rickard meets Bonnie Langford from 42nd Street

 

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Drawing Drury Lane

What an assemblage of performers has gone through either this or previous incarnations of this entry way (known as the Theatre Royal Drury Lane stage door) right here dating back to the 1600s. David Garrick, Ginger Rogers, Nijinsky, Grimaldi and the legendry successful actor Edmund Keen who in 1814 walked from Plymouth (where I’m from) to perform on his opening night!

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Do you still remember the performance of someone here? They came in and out of this door on Russell Street. While this may not be a drawing of the actual production you saw, just seeing this flowery side door is just a way to remind you of that special night out, and who you saw. Or maybe it’s something to spur you on to go to the theatre again. But don’t leave it too late, this 9.5” x 13” size which fits in store bought frames for 8” x 10” pictures is an edition of only 24.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane Stage Door

Theatre Royal Drury Lane Stage Door