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The Gruffalo Theatre Royal Newcastle. I was really looking forward to seeing the Gruffalo, a real favourite with my class of 6-7 year olds as well as my 18 month old grandson. However I was so disappointed with the performance today. I felt that the tickets were not worth the money and even though the children quite enjoyed the day out I was not at all impressed. The actors were reasonadly good but the costumes very poor apart from the Gruffalo's. I couldn't appreciate the roles of the owl or the snake or even the fox. I think that children who love the Gruffalo would expect more traditional interpretations of these characters and not the more obscure representations we were subjected to today. It appeared that the production was aimed at a more mature audience than the children's story suggested. If this is the best the Theatre Royal can offer for children I will not be back.
The Theatre Royal is the big theatre in Newcastle (although there are several others) and it's interior is vey impressive indeed. The theatre holds a lot of people across all the typical areas, stalls, circles etc. and no matter where you are in the theatre you will get a good view. You will also find yourself on a very comfy seat wherever you are and the seats are a stunning red colour. In the foyer, things are no different and the whole area looks incredible which is great because the second you walk in you are immediately ready for whatever quality play is about to be shown. This leads onto the fact that this theatre pulls in very big acts, with a regular space for the Royal Shakespeare Company, whilst there are all sorts of acclaimed acts perform here. Ticket prices are very expensive here but this is offset by the incredible experience you will have seeing a play here. Depending on prices you might not want to go and see your average pantomime here but it is a fantastic venue for anything of high standard.
The Theatre Royal in Newcastle, in the largest performance theatre in the city, and along it cnat hold some other largest musicals, it does have some brilliant shows. During the winter period, there is a lot of tradional shows on, such as Pantomines, and they star such big names in entertainment. A running feature of this theatre is that the shows that they do perform star famous people from the north east. It can hold about one and a half thousand people on four tiers of seating. The bottom and middle levels usually cost the most when it costs to tickets, and the top are the cheapest, however, from the highest level, the view can be a bit contricted as there is a lot of barriers, and in addition to this, there is a lot of stairs to climb. The box office at this theatre is brilliant, and if you book seats for a show only a couple of days before hand, then you can pick them up instead of having them delivered. For big shows, the queues can be quite big, so time it carefully. The best thing about this theatre is the building. It is very old, and fits in perfectly into the city. A brilliant theatre, featuring brilliant shows.
Newcastle's Theatre Royal is a stunning Grade I listed building, and one of the most historic cultural landmarks in the country. The theatre opened in February 1837 (replacing the old Theatre Royal) but was destroyed by fire in 1899 (after a performance of Macbeth!) The main structure of the building fortunately remained intact, and the theatre reopened in December 1901 to once more dominate the heart of Newcastle's Grainger Town. In its 170 year history the Theatre Royal has played host to some of the biggest names in show-business, presenting over 380 performances to over 300,000 people each year. The theatre is the regional home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, The Rambert Dance Company and Opera North. Performances include drama from leading playwrights, renowned West End musicals, contemporary dance from internationally acclaimed choreographers and of course pantomime, attracting over 70,000 people. There is genuinely something for everyone here. The Theatre Royal has bars on all levels and the Caffè Teatro is open from 9am (access from Market Street). The theatre has eight wheelchair spaces available in the Stalls (one free ticket is available for the assistant of a disabled person not able to attend events unaccompanied). A sound enhancement system is installed in the auditorium. Guide, hearing and other working dogs are welcome in all parts of the theatre, and there are accessible toilets on all levels. The theatre is situated in a pedestrian zone but ample parking exists on Shakespeare, Hood and Grey St. (with spaces for Blue Badge Holders), there is also a large NCP car park (24hr. opening) down Grey St. in the direction of the Quayside. The Monument Metro Station is less than 2 minutes walk away and regular bus sevices run from Pilgrim St. (about a 4 minute walk away). All levels of the theatre enjoy lift access. The entrance and grand staircases are simply stunning and the auditorium is absolutely beautiful; however the seats are very close together and this can be a problem during long performances. The seats are a little uncomfortable and if anyone needs to leave their seat it is very difficult, given the very limited space, for them to make their way along the aisle. If you are travelling to Newcastle this building really is a 'must see', both outside and inside it is a stunning piece of cultural history. Theatre Royal 100 Grey Street Newcastle upon Tyne. NE1 6BR Tel: 0191 2442511 E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website : www.theatreroyal.co.uk
Theatre Royal Situated in the centre of Newcastle, the Theatre Royal is one of those landmark buildings in the city great for helping people find their way if you direct them from the theatre. Having spent many evenings at a range of productions, from Shakespeare to The Gruffalo, I have fond memories of this quite magnificent building. ~~Address and other contact~~ 100 Grey Street Newcastle upon Tyne. NE1 6BR Tel: 0191 2442511 E mail: email@example.com Website : www.theatreroyal.co.uk ~~Bit of History~~ Built in 1837, this theatre replace the old Theatre Royal, and apparently when it opened, the bells of St Nicholas and St John were rung; it must have been quite an event! The theatre was destroyed by fire in 1899 after a performance of macbeth, which has led to many superstitious stories. Fortunately, the structure of the theatre remained intact, and the theatre rose from the ashes, reopening on 31st December 1901 with a pantomime. In the 1980s, the theatre went through a huge refurbishment, when the theatre was closed for 20 months, reopening in January 1988. With the advent of the 21st century, the theatre has again been refurbished with a new stage being built and the installation of technical facilities. The Theatre Royal is one of only 5 Grade 1 listed theatres outside of London. ~~Shows and all the rest ~~ The theatre hosts many different types of performances every year; statistically, more than 380 performances to over 300000 people. As a native of Newcastle, I always feel a sense of pride that it is the regional home of the Royal Shakespeare Company really does make me feel cultured. However, on the subject of Shakespeares plays, its imperative that you book a long time in advance, because tickets sell out very quickly. It is also regional home of the National theatre, Opera north and Rambert dance Company. It also hosts West End musicals pantomimes and contemporary dance. A truly diverse range of performances; in the words of the Chief Executive, it is the theatres aim to provide performances which will inspire, challenge and above all entertain. For anyone wanting to visit the theatre, its worth picking up a programme, which come out twice a year, summer and winter. This season, summer 2007 has the RSC at the theatre for a couple of months, as well as performances from NDT, One man Star Wars Trilogy, Swan Lake, Danny the Champion of the World, Carman (not a mis spelling!) and Disneys beauty and the Beast. These are just a few of the performances but start to illustrate the fact that for anyone who enjoys the theatre, there is something for everyone. ~~Youve booked your ticket and need to get there~~ Very centrally located, its one of those places where even if you feel lost, ask anyone, and they can direct you. The theatre is in a pedestrian only zone, but down the sides of Grey Street, there is on street parking- check the meters for charges, and times when you can park. Further down towards the quayside is a large NCP car park which is open 24hours.~~ The theatre is about a 10 minute walk from the Central Station, although it is quite a steep up hill walk, so be prepared! If you dont want to do a lot of walking, and prefer to arrive fresh at the theatre, best get the metro to Monument, exit the station at Grey street, and the theatre is there in front of you. ~~Other bits of information ~~ Dining: Food available in Caffe Teatro. Located inside the theatre, it opens early in the morning and serves drinks and breakfasts no need to be a theatre goer. Also serves wines and drinks as well as a pre theatre dining package Access: wheelchair spaces are available in the stalls as well as accessible toilet. Parking spaces for badge holders close to theatre and free ticket for the assistant of a disabled person. Guide dogs are welcome in the theatre. ~~What I think~~ As a building, this is fantastic, with its large columns and once inside it is magnificent With its wide sweeping staircases and the detail on the sides of the circles. The red drapes and muted walls add to the whole sense of having been transported to a by gone era. Even when very busy on nights when there is a show, when entering the theatre, there is almost a hush, although the bar areas are quite different- nothing rowdy just a general hub, and usually a discussion during the interval about the performance. Its worth remembering to order drinks before the interval so that they are waiting for you, otherwise there is always a big queue at the bar. It always fascinates me how drinks are always waiting in the correct bar for whoever has ordered them, and that I have never heard of anyone having got fed up with the wait and the bar, and claiming drinks as their own. So, a fabulous building, steeped in history, with an interesting history. Add to this fact that it has a range of great performances from around the world, and I think its a winner. For anyone in Newcastle, who enjoys the theatre, its definitely worth checking out the website to see if there is anything you would like to see. Remember though to do this checking out well in advance!. If you dont want to see a performance, then its still worth a visit. You can go inside the theatre during the day, and so can have a look around or something to eat. Definitely worth a look especially when the buildings surrounding this theatre are taken into consideration. Thanks for reading. Daniela x