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“What a difference ten years makes at the New Theatre”
Review of Oxford New Theatre

Oxford New Theatre
Ranked #38 of 177 things to do in Oxford
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The New Theatre welcomes touring musicals, opera, ballet and family shows along with top-name concerts and comedy events throughout the year. The theatre is part of the Ambassador Theatre Group.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Oxford, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
36 attraction reviews
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“What a difference ten years makes at the New Theatre”
Reviewed February 17, 2014

Visiting the New Theatre - on complementary tickets - was a most enjoyable experience. This was after a gap of at least ten years when it was The Apollo, because the seating was so cramped with no leg room. This time, aisle seats in Row L in the stalls was very comfortable with plenty of leg room. Even though you have to stand to let people pass to the middle of a long row - you can dance in the aisle more easily. With apologies to the Theatre at Chipping Norton where I recently said the ice creams were expensive, these are worse - £3 for a small one and, as I was fainting I didn't hear the larger sized price clearly, but think it was £4.50. With a programme at £4 and usually a £1.50 booking fee, the extras mount up. May be this is the norm? I really must get out more!
Dreamboats and Petticoats was a jolly, lively musical with a very accomplished cast - just a pity they didn't have someone of my age advising them of details of language and dress that were too modern in places. The musical sound was superb and the lighting effects excellent until the end when I was dazzled by a glitter ball and spot lights - another reason I've avoided the theatre for so long. These oldies have to look after their eyes! But having had such a rock and roll evening taking me back to my youth and remembering visiting the original New Theatre for a pantomime each Christmas, I will make it one of my top entertainment spots. Lovely evening.

Visited February 2014
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6 reviews
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“Jack Whitehall, 15th February”
Reviewed February 17, 2014

Visited this theatre on the 15th February to see the evening performance of Jack Whitehall. There was plenty of the staff behind the bars which became quite busy and they were all friendly and helpful. We were seated in row G in the balcony and the view was better than expected.

However, there is inadequate seating in the stalls bar, which is large enough for double the amount of chairs that are in there, and there is no seating in the circle bar area. 15 minutes after the bars opened there was no seats left.

A few days before visiting, I received an email informing of a two for £10 cocktail deal but when we arrived 10 minutes after the bar opened, more than half of the drinks on the menu were not available due to no stock. Bare in mind this was a sold out, Saturday night comedy show so it should be expected that a large proportion of people would be drinking.

I have worked in theatres and visited many and this experience was average at best.

Visited February 2014
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“Great theatre”
Reviewed February 14, 2014

It is really great to see an old style theatre, it has great feel and history.

Always enjoy our visits there.

Visited December 2013
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Swindon, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
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64 attraction reviews
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“Celtic Ladies .....NO NO NO”
Reviewed February 10, 2014

This is a show to raise the profile of an X factor contestant ....and he has three Celtic ladies and three Irish tenors supporting him

He can sign and he was good. BUT it was liking a bad buttons show at times....sorry buttons

NOT WHAT I EXPECTED ..

Visited February 2014
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Luton, United Kingdom
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“James Arthur”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

A lovely theatre and an excellent concert. Right in the town centre so near bars and restaurants. Taxis really easy to come by aswell.

Visited January 2014
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