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Playhouse Theatre

Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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Address: Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5DE, England
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1984 Play

I visited this theatre to see the play 1984. I got a great deal on the ticket, but had a slightly restricted view and limited legroom in my seat in the upper circle. The play was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
Watford, United Kingdom

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Barrie, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Since 1984 doesn't have a trip advisor page, I will split this review into two parts. First the play itself is quite good, the actors really put forth a strong effort, the sets are well done and the use of a handheld camera/screen are all very well done. I think they did a good job capturing the spirit of the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I went to see 1984, an excellent production and I would definitely recommend others to see the show, however go and see it at a different theatre. I had a seat in the upper circle and the leg room was atrocious. The gap between the front edge of the seat and the back of the seat in front was roughly... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Saw 1984 last night with my boyfriend who had never been to the theatre before, so I was naturally pretty excited to show him! I knew we wouldn't have the best seats as we hadn't paid top dollar for them, I didn't however think we would have the worst! We had a completely restricted view, where we couldn't see the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

1984 is more than worth seeing, but I recommend not drinking any liquids for at least an hour beforehand because once you're crammed in your seat, you cannot get out to go to the toilet. They even have signs saying you won't be let back in if you leave mid-way through the show.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Went to see 1984 and booked the upper tier seating. It was so very tight and uncomfortable that it spoiled the show. I'm only a size 10 person and my knees we touching the seat in front. It's a small theatre and the upper tier is very steep so be ware if you are an anxious person.

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Watford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I visited this theatre to see the play 1984. I got a great deal on the ticket, but had a slightly restricted view and limited legroom in my seat in the upper circle. The play was really good, especially the last 30 minutes. I couldn't see some of the action on the left hand side of the stage and I... More 

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Goole, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We visited recently to watch 1984, and I have to say the show was absolutely excellent. We sat on the balcony as we often do and despite the mention of limited leg room, it was certainly better and more comfortable than I had anticipated. If I can have only one criticism it would be that, even sitting on row B... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Went to see 1984 with a freind, and the show was brilliant. Emotive, demanding and intriguing, the performance was incredible. With respect to the theatre, it was easy to get to from the underground, and the seats had limited legroom but were otherwise comfortable. Our change of seats/tickets arranged beforehand was handled smoothly and staff were friendly. We did not... More 

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Worcestershire, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

1984 has been my favourite book since reading it my teens. I've watched the John Hurt film (made in 1984) and I was interested in hearing about the theatrical version. I missed it first time around, but got to it this time. The theatrical version is told by flashbacks and brutal imagery with CCTV footage and a clever use of... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The Playhouse Theatre is a dusty old theatre that was built in the late 1800's. The stairs to the upper balconies are very narrow and steep. I'm a tiny woman and even I was uncomfortable with the amount the leg room. I was in the first row, so I was able to lean over and see the entire stage. On... More 

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