Gordon Craig Theatre
Gordon Craig Theatre
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Saffer70
Stotfold, UK20 contributions
Dec 2021
We went to see Aladdin Panto as a group of 6 with an age range of 10 to 70.

Everyone enjoyed the show. Views were not obscured and the seating in the venue is generously spaced. Lots of laughter and some engagement from the younger members of our group.

Compliance with mask wearing within the venue was good.

The show itself was very professionally done, with good visual effects, a band and a someone to sign the dialog. It felt that the cast wasn't simply going through the motions, and there was some amusing ad-libbing at the performance we went to.

All in all, a recommended outing, and for a pre-show meal, the Prezzo in the nearby leisure park does a mean Christmas burger.
Written December 18, 2021
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Sonia
1 contribution
Jan 2023 • Business
We took a group of people with learning disabilities to watch Cinderella the pantomime. Everyone very much enjoyed the performance. We would like to thank all the staff at the theatre who were extremely helpful and made it a fantastic experience for all.
Written January 15, 2023
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Mark B
St. Neots, UK435 contributions
Apr 2022
The Theater itself is a nice theater although it is difficult to find the theater. There isnt any obvious signs surrounding the theater on how to get into the theater or indeed where the theater is.

when you eventually find out where the theater is the staff inside are very helpful and very friendly.

The theater itself and the seatin is very good. Loads of leg room ! normally when you go to a theater the leg room is awful but on this occassion it was great. the chairs were a bit close together and certainly anyone visiting who is a larger person would struggle.
Written April 4, 2022
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HenryStaresfamily
2 contributions
Feb 2022
Visit to see ‘An Audience with Harry Redknapp’ on Saturday (19th August 2022) in a ‘Concert Hall’/Sports Hall – be warned this is not the actual Gordon Craig Theatre – make sure you read the whole advertisement!

My husband, daughter and son-in-law purchased tickets to see this show as a special treat due to it being cancelled last year due to COVID restrictions.

This special occasion turned out to be horrendous. On arrival at the theatre there was utter confusion - no staff anywhere to give guidance or directions. When we finally found the bar, in good time before the show started, we joined an enormous queue of people waiting to be served, again utter chaos ensued. It took about 45 minutes to get served with people pushing in all around. No staff to monitor the situation. We eventually got served just as the show was starting which was very stressful.

We eventually we were shown to our seats which were unbelievable. The seating was so uncomfortable and we were so squashed in we could hardly move. The theatre looked cold, there was no proper staging and there was not the exciting atmosphere of a normal theatre. Please be warned if you suffer from a bad back or you are claustrophobic. If you had seats in the middle of a row you would have an extremely hazardous time trying to move or get out.

We began to think something wasn’t quite right and realised to our amazement that we had not booked to see the show at the proper Gordon Craig Theatre but at the ‘Concert’/ Sports Hall!

This is unacceptable as the show was advertised under the heading of the Gordon Craig Theatre with website images showing a lovely comfortable theatre with comfortable seating and a proper stage. The advertisement was misleading and caused us major disappointment.

The cost of tickets to see this show in a sports centre was not acceptable. The organisation of the reception area, lack of staff and bar area is appalling, although the bar staff were extremely apologetic and were exceptionally nice, friendly and helpful.

The only other positive thing to say is that Harry Redknapp is a great performer and we would have really enjoyed seeing him in a relaxed, comfortable theatre setting.

We did email to register our dissatisfaction and to ask for some kind of compensation but was fobbed off with all sorts of excuses saying they were short of staff, etc., etc. but that is the fault of the theatre not the people attending the theatre who expect (and have paid for) a special theatre experience. In response to a further email they didn’t have the courtesy to reply.

Our special evening was totally ruined and we would not consider returning.
Written March 10, 2022
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peacefullife
London, UK156 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
We went to see Rose Royce, which we enjoyed but the support act, Junior, was amazing. Seating is good and the view from most seats is great. Very few people wearing masks throughout the very busy theatre. We were in The Gorden Craig Theatre, which was comfortable and a lovely temperature for the first half. But unbearable, uncomfortable and concerning during the second half. The air con was turned off so it was far too hot. More people put their masks on during the second half and some left. We will be double checking the policy and procedure regarding air con before visiting again. So many people in a sealed theatre with no air con is quite worrying, especially with very few wearing masks. Maybe a return to mask wearing in enclosed spaces is needed? I wonder how many peopke became ill afterwards. Ç
Written August 1, 2022
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Power2014
London, UK27 contributions
Feb 2022
My husband and I went to see the Dick and Angel tour last week. On arrival, it was busy and we had a drink at the bar. The staff were actually very pleasant there and service was quick..

After that, it was all downhill. You have no idea how to get to the actual theatre part and there are no signs anywhere. So many customers were asking each other where they should go. No obvious signs and no one to ask.

Inside the theatre, the seating is absolutely terrible. Tiny chairs clipped together. You would never think we were in a pandemic not to mention how incredibly cramped you are. Grown men sitting in these chairs is a challenge. You have to all keep your eyes completely folded into your lap so you are not touching a stranger in the next chair. It feels claustrophobic and even more so as we were in the middle. You cannot get out without everyone getting out first. At least in normal theatres, people can simply stand up and you can get past.

We left after the first half as I couldn't bear it anymore. I am slim as well so it must have been awful for someone bigger. Shame as I wanted to see the second part of the show. We won't go back and I would not recommend to anyone. It is pure greed cramming in so many people like that! Stupid management.
Written February 23, 2022
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CYOUNG91
Letchworth Garden City, UK91 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
The tickets say "bar open 1 hour before show" and the website only mentions the coffee shop being closed.
In fact, the bar and bistro are shut!! There is a small hatch which says cash only, also not true. It has a list of about 5 items- no hot drinks or sweets on the list and half of the list unavailable!!
When we asked a member of staff, he said because of Covid. We felt this was a poor excuse as the show was still going ahead and other businesses are managing!
Written October 31, 2021
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Beverly O
Hertford, UK182 contributions
Feb 2020
Nice, good value pre-dinner meal at the Bistro, this is a lovely, smallish Theatre, with comfortable/roomy seating and good views of the performance. The show itself was very disappointing however, So loud that I had to remove my hearing aids. The two lady singers seemed to be competing with each other volume wise, and the louder they became the lower the quality of their voices seemed to get. Elwood's voice was very poor and he was the weak link as Jake was very good and had a powerful yet melodic voice.
The band were excellent if l little 'over the top' and the whole team all worked hard.At £26 per ticket though it was quite expensive for what it was and not really for me, I'm afraid.
Written February 15, 2020
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Marvie
8 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Excellent pantomime. Comfy seats, helpful staff. Brilliant performances. Can't wait for next year!

I admit, I wasn't particularly looking forward to it - I recalled pantos as a bit naff but I'd bought my daughter and 3yr old granddaughter tickets so went along for the ride...

I reckon I yelled more than she did! It was really well done, very funny with great adult innuendo jokes and singalong hits plus magic, slapstick and even a water fight.
Written December 5, 2021
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PUFCMatt
Willenhall, UK90 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Went to see Beauty and the Beast on Saturday 4th January and we were very impressed. Small theatre as not an old building but views were great and plenty of legroom.

Panto was amazing and well above what I was expecting so thanks to all involved. My family included 2 and 5 year old, us and my pensioner parents. All loved it and parents had plenty of leaflets to book up and see some more shows/acts in 2020
Written January 5, 2020
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