“ 15 Gordon Street / London / WC1H 0AH / Tel: 020 7388 8822 „
After booking my ticket on Ticketmaster on the 23rd March My first real introduction to the Bloomsbury Theatre was on Monday 9th June when I saw Thea Gilmore in concert, I had been to a couple of venues before around the same area of London so I was excited to see what I would make of Bloomsbury Theatre after going to great venues Hammersmith Apollo (Three times) and Brixton Academy.
Bloomsbury Theatre is located next to University College London in central London, near Euston, Euston Square, Goodge Street, Warren Street and Russell Square tube stations. The nearest mainline railway station is Euston. It is also close to many bus routes including 10, 18, 24, 29 73 91, 168 and 253.
The Bloomsbury Theatre was originally named as The Central Collegiate Building Auditorium when it was opened in 1968. It's name was soon changed to The Collegiate Theatre and it has been known as The Bloomsbury Theatre since 1982. It is owned by University College London and regularly shows their productions.
It has developed it's well respected reputation throughout the last twenty five years and has given a stage to some well known comedy performers including the likes of Lily Savage, Eddie Izzard, Jo Brand, Jeremy Hardy and Mel & Sue, It has also seen various musical artists perform.
Once you get inside the theatre area of Bloomsbury you will find a very intimate setting, the acoustics are very good with a superb sound system although the speakers are quite a bit smaller than some of the other venues I have been to. The venue is relatively small with 535 seats but this makes the venue have a different emotive feel to it.
*Bar and Refreshments*
There is a Bar at the back of the building and next to the main theatre which is stocked with a wide range of spirits and beers with quite high prices which you would expect from a concert venue especially in London. There's also a small stall situated near the entrance to the hall and this stall is packed with soft drinks and sweets which are rather expensive as a 500ml bottle of Pepsi set me back a whopping £2.00.
The other drawback to the bar area is that there are no tables and there's no seating area which means that you have to stand holding your drinks before you go in for the concert. This can be annoying as people go up and down the stairs waiting for the doors to open.
As well as the Theatre there are also a number of function rooms with various catering options for conferences or whatever your needs. You can organise a wide range of uses for the conference rooms and the staff will do all they can to make your visit as enjoyable as possible whatever you choose to do.
As I briefly mentioned earlier I was very impressed with the
quality of the sound system especially given that the speakers are a lot smaller than many other venues sound systems. The speakers filled the room well and had a great clarity to them whether it was reproducing the vocals or instruments.
The venue use high quality speakers from Martin, JBL and RFC
2 x Martin Bass Bins
4 x Martin W3s
2 x Martin EM56 Onstage
4 x RCF 312-a Active Monitor
3 x JBL EON 15
The website is very detailed and gives you all the information on the latest events coming up on the schedule. You can also buy tickets online for concerts. There are also seating plans included for the theatre and two useful things are the upcoming events and popular events as these show you what is both coming up and selling well so you can get in there before tickets have sold out.
You can buy tickets online for every upcoming event
at the Venue and the box office will also sell tickets for other events in the local area which you can contact them about if you have an event you would like to put on. You can also buy tickets in person from the box office aswell as by phone and post.
As usual the standard forms of payment are availiable they are of course Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Switch and Maestro card and you can also pay by cheque if you so choose. There are two members of staff in the box office at any one time.
Aswell as the tickets sold at the box office you are also able to buy tickets for events at the Bloomsbury Theatre from the likes of Ticketmaster and other major ticket agents. As I mentioned I bought my ticket from Ticketmaster and picked it up at the Box Office about an hour before the gig.
This is a very good venue indeed and has a very intimate feel which adds to the overall enjoyment of the concert. I would definetly go to Bloomsbury Theatre again and will keep an eye on the venues dates. The good points far outweigh the bad points and it is a great venue for a wide range of performances.
The Bloomsbury Theatre
15 Gordon Street
London, WC1H 0AH
Tel No 020 7388 8822
Hours 10am to 6pm Monday-Friday
Saturday 12 noon to 6pm