We had a similar thread last year. I like going to new venues (but I don't always necessarily want to return!). What new theatres and venues have board members been to in 2017? Are there good and bad points to highlight?
Grenzlandtheater - Aachen, Germany - Love Story Dr Philips Center - Orlando, US - Wicked US Tour Circle in the Square - New York, US - In Transit Raimundtheater - Wien, Austria - Schikaneder Orchard Theatre - Dartford, UK - Wedding Singer UK Tour Cadillac Palace Theatre - Chicago, US - Aladdin US Tour Deutsches Theater - München, Germany - Evita International Tour August Wilson Theatre - New York, US - Groundhog Day Bernard B Jacobs Theatre - New York, US - Bandstand Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre - New York, US - Come From Away Mehr Theater am Großmarkt - Hamburg, Germany - Billy Elliot International Tour
Post by Serial Shusher on Dec 31, 2017 15:27:27 GMT
StoryHouse, Chester. Went once for one house production (The Beggars Opera) the rest of the Shakespearean offerings don't appeal to me and the calibre of shows they're getting in as a receiving house (Spamalot, Son of a Preacherman) have absolutely no appeal to me either.
Wilton's Music Hall, which I'd never been to till this year then visited 3 times in the year. I'm so-so on it. I found it worked well for the 2 improv shows I saw there back in January but not so well for the opera I saw there last month.
Watermill Theatre, Newbury, which oddly looks a bit like a smaller Wilton's internally. Lovely location but I won't be returning in a hurry as it's a pain to get to when you're coming all the way from Cambridge.
Dominion. Yes, I'd never actually been in this before till seeing An American In Paris. Very impressive but I'm glad I was sitting front stalls as it's so huge. The back of the auditorium seems miles from the stage.
Salisbury Playhouse. Externally one of the ugliest theatre buildings I've ever seen! Internally nondescript.
Mercury Theatre, Colchester. Externally dull, internally very similar to Salisbury.
I’ve now worked my new venues out. Only now do I realise it has been so many in 2017!
Greater London: 2Northdown! Studio Theatre, Kings Cross Albany Theatre, Deptford Andrew Lloyd Weber Performance Theatre, ArtsEd, Chiswick Bloomsbury Theatre Studio, Bloomsbury Bridge Theatre Brookside Theatre, Romford Canada Water Theatre, Canada Water Cervantes Theatre, Southwark Clore Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House Embassy Theatre, Central School of Speech and Drama, Swiss Cottage George Bernard Shaw Theatre, RADA Gerry's Studio, Stratford Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre, RADA The John Lyon's Theatre, Kingsway Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford Kings Place, Kings Cross Laban Theatre, Deptford Little Angel Theatre, Islington Sainsbury Theatre, LAMDA The Scoop, City Hall Streatham Hill Theatre, Streatham Marble Arch Theatre New Diorama Theatre, ND2 The Monkey House, Finsbury Park The Nursery Theatre, Finsbury Avenue Polish Cultural Centre Theatre, Hammersmith Printworks London, Surrey Quays The Site, Royal Court Theatre Tara Theatre, Earlsfield Toynbee Studios, Whitechapel Vaulty Towers, Waterloo Waterloo East Theatre Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick
Rest of UK: Belfast: Grand Opera House Cambridge: Arts Theatre Colchester: Mercury Theatre Dartford: Miskin Theatre Edinburgh: Bedlam Theatre Edinburgh: Playhouse Theatre Edinburgh: Summerhall Gravesend: Woodville Theatre Southampton: Mayflower Theatre Tunbridge Wells: Assembly Halls Woking: New Victoria Theatre
Outside UK: Belgium: Brussels: Atelier Marcel Hastir Belgium: Brussels: Les Halles de Schaerbeek Belgium: Brussels: Palais de la Monnaie, Tour et Taxis Belgium: Brussels: Théâtre Marivaux Belgium: Brussels: Théâtre Royal des Galeries Belgium: Brussels: Théâtre Royal du Parc Belgium: Brussels: Théâtre Viage Czech Republic: Prague: National Theatre, New Stage The Netherlands: The Hague: Korzo Theatre Sweden: Malmo: Arena USA: Bethesda MD: Roundhouse Theater USA: Washington DC: Eastman Theater USA: Washington DC: Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center USA: Washington DC: Opera House, Kennedy Center USA: Washington DC: The Source Theater USA: Washington DC: Sprenger Theater, Atlas Performing Arts Center USA: Washington DC: Trinidad Theater, Logan Fringe Arts Space USA: Washington DC: Woolly Mammoth Theater
My only comment is on how good so many theatres are in the drama/dance schools – RADA, LAMDA (with its brand new theatre wing), Trinity Laban, Arts Ed and the Central School of Speech and Drama. I’m very happy for repeat visits to these.
Gielgud - Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time Duke of yorks - The Glass Menagerie Harold Pinter- Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf Chichester festival theatre - Fiddler on the Roof RADA Jerwood Vanbrough - Hamlet Marble Arch- Five guys named Moe Sam Wanamaker Playhouse- Romantics Anonymous Southwark playhouse- Mother courage and her children Evitim Apollo- Nativty Noel Coward-Girl from the North Country
Casino De Paris, Paris (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) - Interesting as you are shown to your seat (I don't think there were numbers at all so this is required). Luckily I knew this and had the tip ready. Regents Park Open Air Theatre (Jesus Christ Superstar) - felt like seeing a show at Wimbledon but it was amazing! The Other Palace (Starlight Express) - rather cramped but an interesting space Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith (Nativity! The Musical) - Massive, I knew it was big but wow. Right near the back but great view anyway, rude box office - obviously more used to gigs than theatre Charing Cross Theatre, London (The Woman in White - Small, Great view from the back though too. I think they overdid it on the fog, even the techs were commenting on it