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“Sarah Millican excellent sadly venue let the side down”

O2 Apollo Manchester
Ranked #33 of 190 things to do in Manchester
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Owner description: The O2 Apollo Manchester opened on August 29th 1938 and is one of the premier concert venues in England, with shows from every major rock, pop and comedy act on the touring circuit. The breadth of styles of events covers every market - the cutting edge of modern British music, through some of the biggest artists from overseas, popular comedy, and music for older generations. With both fully seated and part-standing formats, this versatile venue increases its footfall and presentations year on year. Art Deco in style, the Grade II listed building has been central to the British touring circuit for decades, attracting Best Venue nominations and patrons from across the globe.
Reviewed May 7, 2014

The official onsite car park opens after 6pm, with the unofficial car park by Bookers open much earlier for the same price, however neither car parks accepted credit cards even though I would have expected the official car park to have. As for the official car park, well lets just say its a plot of land gravelled over, not an 'official' looking car parking.

The queue was wrapped around the building, and even though we were halfway in the queue several ladies just came out of the next door pub and just hopped straight in front of us, no apology, nothing, and the official staff didn't do anything.

The main entrance was too cramped considering the numbers of people and the official staff didn't regulate numbers to create a safe environment. The seats were a little on the small size for leg room (being someone 6ft3) so was a bit uncomfortable and normally I would expect seats to be staggered so that you didn't see the persons head straight in front of you. So if you're a short person either bring a cushion or order a seat at the front.

Drinks were expensive even for a theatre, and again our of all the bars open, only one accepted credit cards.

My advice is bring your own drink, bring cash only, and if you're short have a plan B (ie. cushion)

The Sarah Millican show was excellent, just the venue needs an overhaul in all areas.

Date of visit: 1st May

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Reviewed May 6, 2014

Tickets to see Sarah Millican saw us visit this place for the first time. whilst we were initially shocked to have to join a queue that went around the block the efficiency of staff helped it not to become a negative. the building itself is tired but plenty of facilities,bars etc and again the staff were extremely helpful so you weren't standing in queues for a long time. the only negative I had was that they were dressed in t.shirts with security written on which to me implied that they were expecting trouble. as the building was more of a theatre type venue it may have been more fitting to have something less obvious. otherwise great experience and amazing night watching a brilliant comedian. Be warned..your bag will be check when you go in to make sure no alcohol etc

Thank Colette S
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Reviewed May 6, 2014

Visited here on 3rd May to see Sarah, was quite shocked how dated the place was but we were on row H so really close to the front, the que for drinks was silly and not enough staff on, 20 mins for 1 drink is not acceptable so we bought a few each.

Seats are really close together and no room to move at all but once Sarah came on I kind of forgot about that.

Toilets are small dated and again que's everywhere. I guess to be expected when it's a sell out but a few updates are needed.

Thank charlotte_maher
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Reviewed May 3, 2014

Went to see Sarah Millican.
The show was great and Sarah was very funny.
The 02 Apollo however is very dated, the female toilet cubicles are very small and the queue very large!
A pint of beer and a small bottle of water cost almost £6.
The seats are very close with not much room between them and not much room between knees and the chair in front.

Thank happytravelling50
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Reviewed May 2, 2014 via mobile

I took my mother to see Sarah and it was a good night , it did seem to have an excess of security and not enough general staff to assist the patrons but overall a decent venue . There was plenty of paid parking and a McDonald's five minutes up the road for a quick bite . I am tall and of a large stature and had no issues with chair space so that's a bonus, but as somebody that works in the care industry I would say that if you have mobility issues or use a wheelchair I would identify this to the venue as there wasn't a lot of help for a couple with the lady in a chair and an elderly man nearly got pushed off his feet in the exodus .Maybe they should of waited but there is an argument that in this day and age there should be staff and facilities to assist with things like that .

Thank richard I
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