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“Rhys Ifans at The Shed”
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This is a theatre that everyone can enjoy, from the classics and spectacular musicals to new plays and special events for the entire family.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Swansea, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Rhys Ifans at The Shed”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

Small intimate theatre setting. Excellent one man eye to eye performance by superb actor. Nice atmosphere before and after for informal drink at the bar.

Visited January 2014
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“Elephantom at The Shed”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

The Shed is a great new addition to the National Theatre. Went to see The Elephantom, a comedy/mime show for children and adults. Excellent, 60 minutes of madcap fun performed by 6 actors/puppeteers/scene-shifters. The real star, for me, was the musician who played guitar, keyboard, drums, high hat, trumpet, tuba, ukulele, spoons and plates, whistled, and was the voice on television - the only 'speaking' part. Some of these simultaneously.

Great little show, but not, I think, suitable for very small children, as there was some wailing at the scary bits.

Visited January 2014
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Lorgues, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Looking very tired in need of updating”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

It had been raining, which makes the place look dismal anyway, but it seemed that almost every area around the theatre - pavement and steps, were either cracked, or not set properly, as the whole place seemed to have puddles. Even walking up and down steps was very very wet. The inside looks dark and pretty unwelcoming, and although the staff are very nice and helpful, they seem to be the only bright spark in a very dismal place.

Visited December 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great Theatre”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

We have been going to the National since it opened - and to the Old Vic before. Our latest visit was to see the Light Princess, not our choice but set up by one of our party. The new musical was a delight and exceeded all our expectations by a long way. The staging is bold and exciting and the acting and singing excellent. A great treat between Christmas and New Year. Congratulations to the NT for producing a new work of quality alongside the stable of established plays which it does so well.

Visited December 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“'The Light Princess'”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

One of the worst musicals I've seen in a long time. It seems a lot like Sir Nicholas Hynter has put faith in Amos because she is a big name rather than having actually read or listened to the diabolical script and score. Either that, or you can buy your way into the theatre with a lot of cash.

You would also expect that a director such as Marianne Elliott (War Horse, One Man Two Governors) would be able to come up with something more original than the same old NT routine of a silk sheet that looks like water, or puppets that resemble a poor mans dæmon from ‘His Dark Materials’. It has taken six years to make this and the spectacle on stage is somewhere between posh panto and Euro Vision.

The cast is on the whole decent and they did the best they could with some pretty awful melodic lines and lyrics that often didn’t flow or rhyme. The pit band was also good, however the large string section revealed tuning flaws on the high notes. This is partly because the Lyttelton Theatre is quite dry, but it does make you wonder why the producers thought it would be a good idea to pay for so many musicians each night when frankly sample strings would sound a lot better. Adding classical instrumentation to a score doesn’t make it good. In this case it was more like watching ‘Wicked’ without the groove or gags, with a musical score that was on the whole ‘sub-Lloyd Webber’ (The Daily Mail).

Visited January 2014
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