Went to see John Edwards 29th Aug 2013.and had seats in Dress circle.
Theatre is very unimpressive from the outside - dull drab and dark. Inside however is a complete contrast - warm, welcoming, bright, full of life.
The whole place just throws out character everywhere.
Staff all smiling and friendly.
No real crush to get to seats.
It may just have been the type of show but it really felt like you were there WITH everyone else rather than just being stuck in the middle of a place full of strangers - there really was a good feel to the place.
Views, sound, lighting all brilliant.
Would expect that almost any type of show would be great seen hear.
One issue - seating comfort. It is an old theatre and in most cases this is good and gives it the character but the seats are not very wide and leg room is minimal. After 2.5 hours in the seat we were feeling it a bit in the legs and rear end. This would not stop us going again but if you can get an aisle seat or a front seat so you can stretch your legs then do it.
One surprise was that none of the bars would serve an alcoholic drink, even though they had them. I am not a big drinker but it was a special night out and I would have enjoyed a beer.
ACCESS and PARKING - it is into the centre of the city so traffic is quite heavy but we got there no problem although it took 1 hour 45 minutes to drive the 26 miles. Parking is excellent and plentiful within a 2 to 5 minute walk - we paid £3 for just under 4 hours so not ripped off either.
Seating is the only reason I would not give a top rating.
A great theatre and although I moan a bit about seats, changing them might ruin the character of this wonderful place.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND A VISIT.
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