The first theatre on the site, Theatre Royal, Brydges Street opened
The Theatre Royal Drury Lane is the oldest theatre in England that is still in use. The first venue on the site was known as the Theatre Royal, Brydges Street. The auditorium could seat over 2,188 audience members and was known for its popular entertainment. The venue was forced to close in 1666 during the plague, when public buildings were outlawed. It closed again after the Great Fire of London and was damaged in 1672.