Drury Lane Theatre (Illinois)

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The Drury Lane Theatres were a group of six theatres in the Chicago area founded by Tony DeSantis. The playhouses were named after the historic Theatre Royal Drury Lane, built in London in the 17th century. The five suburban locations all provided affordable dinner theatre that was appropriate for families.[1]

DeSantis opened the Martinique Restaurant in Evergreen Park and began producing plays in 1949 in a tent adjacent to the restauant to attract customers.[2] The enterprise was successful, prompting him to build his first theatre.

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  1. ^ Jones, Chris: [1] Chicago Tribune, June 7, 2007 - Mr. Theater in Chicago, Section 1, Page 1
  2. ^ a b c d e Abarbanel, Jonathan: [2] PerformINK stories: April 29, 2004- Tony DeSantis and His New Drury Lane Theatre
  3. ^ Munson, Nancy: [3] Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News, June 19, 2003-Wal-Mart to Replace Dinner Theater in Evergreen Park, IL

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