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Playhouse Theatre

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

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Very funny evening out

Enjoyed the show. Good cast and entertaining. Thought it was very funny. Only issues I had was lack of more upbeat songs. I like musicals with more upbeat numbers but this is not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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100 reviews 100 reviews
14 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

If you are going to be in London any time between now and May 23rd 2015. Then this show has to be on you list of shows to see. The performance by all without exception was magnificent. Their singing voices were Spectacular!!! The story was great and there were some neat surprises. My wife LOVED the show. Believe it or... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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114 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

The experience of waiting for the house to open was very unpleasant here, It was a hot rainy day and we were herded into a tiny bar area near the stalls, almost no room to stand and not able to move until everybody else did. Some elderly people were struggling. Fine once inside, however you can hear the trains passing.

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Hong Kong, China
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Watched the 7:30pm play of "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" in 17 March. Ticket price was GBP245. The venue itself is fashionably classy and nice, but the seats and carpets are a bit old and poorly maintained. Drinks they served are economically friendly and fairly portioned. Just be reminded that there are seats could not view the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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142 reviews 142 reviews
7 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We paid £75 per ticket to listen to a cacophony of noise (Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown) which I found not at all musical. To be fair it might not all have been bad; maybe there was some good stuff when I had dozed off with boredom during the first half. I doubt it. I generally believe... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 via mobile

The show was good well delivered etc etc. However at the interval the lack of staff made a big impact on our and many others evening. There was one person serving at the bar where around 50 people were waiting, the call bell to announce the start of the second performance sounded which meant 30 or so we're told by... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Enjoyed the show. Good cast and entertaining. Thought it was very funny. Only issues I had was lack of more upbeat songs. I like musicals with more upbeat numbers but this is not a musical like that. Also second half felt slightly too long could have been better to have a long first half and was a bit fidgety towards... More 

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Essex UK
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Well, this show seems to have divided opinions. I am with the naysayers. It's a musical without any memorable tunes. In fact, was it not all the same tune? Maybe. And a farce, of the unfunny kind. It was fun to see both Tamsin Greig and Hayden Gwynn, but there were several more empty seats after the interval, and had... More 

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73 reviews 73 reviews
25 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We had a spare evening in London & as we had seen most of the 'big' shows we got some tickets for this as we all knew Tamsin Greig & Haydyn Gwynn from the TV... By half time we knew we'd made a big mistake!! It just wasn't a good show in our opinions - it was loud & eclectic... More 

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London, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We have really enjoyed of this wonderful show! Interesting plot, great voices, marvelous play...Thank you!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

I have never walked out of a theatre at half time before this. Tenuous plot, dreadful songs (although sung very well). Very disappointed.

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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.
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