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“A Brilliant Dramatic Experience!”
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Swan Theatre
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

I took my daughter to see The Orphan of Zhao and it was a wonderfully moving experience. The play set in was a great reminder of the value of honour, and sacrifice for the greater good. Brilliant actors/actresses who engaged us from the very begining. The visual and sound effects were amazing; thebabies gurgling and crying, the animated ferroucious dog and beautiful red petals that fell from the ceiling everytime someone sacrificed their life for the cause. As you enter the Swan Theatre you feel as if you have travelled back in time. It's intimate design adds to the atmosphere of the theatre experience. Would highly reccommend it and The Orphan of Zhao.

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Reviewed February 11, 2013

Having left my booking to last minute I wasn't sure if I would be able to visit the Swan, but managed to get some last minute returns (just called the RSC direct the day before and asked if they had any returns for the swan or for the main theater), and was fortunate to have got tickets to a great production of 'a life of Galileo').

Theater itself is all wood and has a lovely intimate ambiance. We managed to get ground tickets row E, which are about £35 (very reasonable for best in house), although view from most of the rows is probably good (although the seats very closest to the stage in gallery one and gallery two might cause you to crane you neck a bit).
Leg room on the ground level was good. Access into the rows is a bit narrow a chairs don't flip, although looked like theater itself was wheel chair friendly as ground floor access with wide doors.

The production of 'a life of Galileo' was wonderful. Simply but effectively staged but with wonderful costumes, and the actors brought the complex characters to life with a fantastic energy throughout. The play is an adaptation of Brecht's Galileo - personally I found it current and engrossing, and explored the relationships between knowledge, power, politics and religion and the personal drama that unfolds as Galileo balances ego, pride and self sacrifice. Not many tickets left in the season but would highly recommend going if you can pick up some of the remaining few!

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Reviewed February 4, 2013

Our first trip to The Swan and it won't be our last. It's a characterful, intimate theatre and perfect for the epic Chinese play we saw. The Orphan of Zhao is a great story of murder and revenge. It's not highbrow and from the moment the action started with a ferocious dog to the moving finale we were enthralled. The play and the Theatre were both a big hit.

Thank Croxley_9
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

A really lovely experience in a superb building with really good facilities. Really enjoyed the evening.

Thank George B
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

I wasn't sure what we were letting ourselves in for - it wasn't Shakespeare but we couldn't go to Stratford and not go to the theatre.

We were not disappointed!

The performance was exactly what you'd expect from the RSC - innovative, engaging and such good watching.

Almost above that though was the theatre itself. My wife and I just couldn't stop grinning from the moment we walked in!

It felt just like walking into the theatre in Shakespeare's day without being just a dull recreation of it. The way the actors utilised the space was great too - we had a number of people pop up behind us or walk past which really drew us in even further to the story.

Be warned though, the seating is 17th century cramped too - not for people with back problems. To be honest though, after about 5 minutes, we completely forgot about it and sat enthralled for 3 hours without even thinking of our backs!

Thank thesunisoftenout
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