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“Rare Theatre Visit.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of McPherson Theatre

McPherson Theatre
3 Centennial Square, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1P5, Canada
250-386-6121
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Ranked #59 of 151 things to do in Victoria
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Owner description: Since 1914, the 772-seat McPherson Playhouse has been at the heart of Victoria's community arts scene. Built as part of the Pantages Theatre chain, this historic theatre is host to local companies including Kaleidoscope Theatre, Victoria Operatic Society, and Blue Bridge Repertory Summer Theatre in addition to presenting many professional theatre and concert performances year round. The McPherson lobby is home to The Gallery at the MAC, a showcase for local and regional visual art.
Central Saanich, Canada
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“Rare Theatre Visit.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Theatre is located downtown Victoria, near Chinatown. Although our visit was a Friday night, we found street parking just a few blocks away. The staff were friendly & helpful and offered to show us to our seats. There were bars upstairs & downstairs, however I could not see a price list, so did not want to take a chance on a $15 beer! We did check the website before the show and saw that 'no outside food or drink' allowed. We therefore did not bring any bottled water that I normally carry to keep hydrated for medical reasons. However when we got to the theatre we saw a sign, that said 'only bottled water allowed in theatre' . McPherson, please change your website!.
The theatre is beautifully appointed, and the seats were just big enough. The upper balcony where we were is very steep. I thought we should have been roped together as we made the 'ascent'! We had a clear view of the stage though, but it was hot up there. There was a very large radiator located near 'base camp' so it was able to blast lots of heat up into the upper balcony. We, and we noticed others, gave the valve a few turns as we went past and eventually one of the audience went up and turned it all the way off.
We went to see John Cleese's first show and don't know whether the theatre or the act have responsibility for the final two items, but I would have liked John's mike a little louder and his video screen a little bigger, even though my hearing and sight are good.

Visited October 2013
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Victoria, Canada
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“Theatre”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

An excellent place to watch your favorite theatre production. Always a well done production. A great little theatre for Victoria.

Visited November 2012
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Victoria, Canada
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“Great little theatre intimate setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Have seen lots of performances here from theatre, dance to concerts.
It's perhaps 750 seating and really intimate.
Best seats are on the main floor as the balcony can get warm.
It's always worth seeing what is on here!

Visited June 2013
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Sherwood Park, Canada
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“Brighton Beach Memories was wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

We just went to the opening preview of this play. It was well done and an excellent value. We have been coming to Victoria for years and never knew this playhouse ran during the summer. The preview tickets were only $24 and one of the best values you'll ever find in Victoria. Even at regular price ($50 ish dollars) I would think it was well worth the entertainment. We are back in August and will make a point of doing the "My Fair Lady" play.

Tickets can be ordered online and I had no problem getting good seats just 2 days before I wanted to go. The theatre architecture was charming.

Visited July 2013
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Kelowna, Canada
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“Sound of Music”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Close to the Rialto, a fun local production with excellent acting and singing. Good for the season of cheer. The theatre seating is quite steep, so the upper areas are not good if mobility is an issue.

Visited December 2012
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