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Review of The New Wimbledon Theatre

The New Wimbledon Theatre
Ranked #268 of 1,568 things to do in London
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London, United Kingdom
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“Blues Brothers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

Havent been to this venue in a while but well worth the trip.Staff friendly and Theatre lovely.Really enjoyed this show-fantastic music,Artists voices exceptioal,and everyone seemed to really get into the swing of things with some audience participation....Most people standing up and dancing.Came out happy and will now search through all my CDs to find this music which we bought back in the 80s......a real feel good experience after watching this show

Visited February 2013
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“Moscow circus”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

Why did the management of new Wimbledon theatre put this show on? We walked out. Skipping and juggling. What a waste of money and time. I blame the management. Don't waste your time and money seeing this rubbish. Not even good for kids

Visited February 2013
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“Expensive and Poor Value”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

Despite the misnomer of the “New Wimbledon Theatre” this is still the beautiful and inspiring grade II listed interior with a stunning 1910 proscenium arch. However, when we went to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in December 2012, our enjoyment of the show was marred by additional and very expensive charges added by the Ambassador Theatre Group which manages the theatre.

Although this panto was more expensive than two other shows that we had seen in other theatres this season, it was not as good.

However, the biggest problem was that our visit to the “New Wimbledon Theatre” was made much more expensive by all manner of charges and higher than normal costs.

On top of an already expensive ticket price, ATG charged us a ‘restoration levy’ and a hefty booking fee for EACH of our tickets... together these additional charges increased the cost of our night out at the theatre by about 10%. For example, tickets with a face value of £39.50 for future performances will cost £43.40.

On past visits, one of the delights had been the stunningly beautiful Dress Circle Bar with it’s beautifully high ceilings and elegant Edwardian plaster-work. This has now been made in to a dark, dismal space with dingy walls and poor lighting. It now has a huge tinted mirror behind the bar which is totally out of keeping with the character and history of he building.

The balcony of the Dress Circle Bar which overlooks the main street was closed and a hoarding bolted to the railings obscured the view.

Drinks in the Dress Circle bar, which has now been renamed as the “Piano Bar”, were very expensive. Two smallish plastic glasses of fairly inferior red wine cost well over £10.00. The bar staff were morose, no welcomes, no smiles, no warmth when we handed over £15.00 and no ‘thank you’ when they passed back a few coins in change. The cost of drinks was substantially more than we would had paid in the popular pub just across the road from the theatre and where we have always experienced warm and efficient service.

At the interval, tiny tubs of ice-cream were £2.50 each.

During the panto, there was a diatribe by one of the performers about the staff of a well know chain of pubs... one of which is immediately across the road from the theatre. Most people who have a refreshment before a show seem to go to that bar and there were groans of disagreement from people all around us when one actor went through a string of pretty unpleasant innuendoes about the bar staff of that particular chain.

We were also a little disturbed that one of the characters was booed, not in panto-jest but really booed, when the audience responded adversely to derogatory comments made about a residential area just a few miles away from the theatre.

Merchandising was everywhere. The end of the first half was marred by the illuminated ‘Mini Bar” sign at the side of the dress circle flickering into life before the end of the act. We found it intrusive and distracting.

We liked those parts of the theatre interior which had not been altered.

We disliked the feeling that the management were trying to claw as much money out of us as possible.

We also disliked the feeling that we had paid for a show in which actors on the theatre stage were given lines containing derogatory comments about the staff in a competitor pub across the street. It just didn't seem right.

Visited December 2012
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“Another excellent production of Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2012

Both Del and myself always enjoy productions at this lovely old Theatre ...........wherever you sit - there are good views. It is a cozy intimate and the staff are always helpful and friendly.
Our most recent visit was with our grandchildren - Ethan and Abigail and their parents Paul and Helen - the production was Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs - we didnt think that the production was as good as last years - but never the less - a good production ........didnt think that Miss Presley made a very good Step mother to Snow White. The children enjoyed it (which was the main thing) and there was lots of participation ..............the Pantomine and Theatre is really worth visiting and children of ages will really enjoy it.

Visited December 2012
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