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Theatre Severn Shrewsbury - A Local Theatre with a big heart
Theatre Severn (Shropshire)
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Theatre Severn (Shropshire)
Advantages: West End Shows at non west end prices
Disadvantages: Long queues for lifts and the ladies
=Theatre Severn Shrewsbury=
The theatre Severn is a newish theatre, having been built about 3 years ago, it is located in the town centre of Shrewsbury, in the Frankwell area, there is a large pay and display car park almost adjacent to the theatre. It is easily accessible by foot from the town centre, and accessible from most roads into the town centre. The river Severn is right but the theatre so from the one side of the theatre you have lovely views of the river and town, the planning was such that this was a factor that was taken into account.
=Two for the price of One=
Although this is called Theatre Severn there are two theatres within the premises. The larger is referred to as the Auditorium, and the smaller is the Walker theatre.
This is a small one tier area, it is used for up and coming comedians, local plays, dance groups, amateur dramatics, this is accessible from the 1st Level of the main area.
You arrive on the ground floor of the premises, this is light and airy, high ceiling, chrome finish, in this section is the box office, which is open daily, (times do vary) and evenings if there is a show on. There is a ramp down as well as some steps, from here there is seating areas, 2 lifts to the theatre auditorium areas. In my opinion the lifts are far too small, as coming out of a show you could be waiting 20 minutes for the lift, as well as a the sweeping staircase.
On the first floor, if you come up stairs or lift your see a seating area, and the bar in the corner, this has a lovely open plan feel, high ceilings, and regularly has art exhibitions on. The bar serves a wide range of drinks, from cider, to Real Ale, wine by glass or bottle, soft drinks and snacks such as Pringles and chocolate. Prices are reasonable in here and are on par with most pubs.
There is a kiosk area, which is open show times, for coffee, drinks, ice-creams, etc, this week I paid £2 for a Magnum, £2.50 for a pot of ice cream
Just to the left of this is another seating area, and when there is a show on there is generally merchandising stall set up.
There is a outdoor area, which a balcony overlooking the river Severn.
On this level is the Walker theatre.
For the main theatre is the Stalls, - there are wheelchair spaces within the Stalls, and generally the stalls tickets are priced on 3 barriers, dependant on the view and show, some shows will be one price for all, others have the pricing structure.
From memory its rows A-N and seats 1-31 although not all rows have that many seats due to the semi circle feel of the theatre.
The first two rows can be taken out for bigger productions, such as the forthcoming "Beauty and The Beast on Ice" by the Russian ice Skating stars.
On this level is also a set of toilets, there is 1 disabled toilet, about 10/12 cubicles in the ladies, sorry can't comment on the gents. As with any theatre there is always a queue for the ladies toilets.
Here we have the entrance to the circle, this is also in a semi circle format, I don't like heights so can't comment re the view, although I have been told by friends that you do get a good view, again depending on the show there is different price structures.
On this floor there is also a kiosk and toilets - both attracting big queues.
There is a beautiful restaurant within the theatre, you can pre-book a table (which is advisable) this is open most days, for timings I would suggest checking the website. I have eat here a couple of times, they do a quite a good selection of food, and where possible the food is locally sourced.
This is a selection from the menu as of today.
Starters - £4.50 Soup to £5.50 Marinated lamb & courgette skewer with mint syrup (6 choices for starters)
Mains - £11.50 Wild mushroom, leeks and mascarpone fussillli to £13.95 Pan fried duck breast, Savoy cabbage, minted peas, cut chips and port sauce (6 choices)
Sweets - £3.95 Selection of ice-cream and sorbets to £6.95 for Shropshire Cheeseboard, chutney and fruit
Sides - £2.00 - Buttered new potatoes, Mixed salad, Mixed vegetables and Hand cut chips
Special Offer - £16 for 2 courses, £19.50 for three courses.
.Again, toilets, and there is also the top circle, - for all I can say is if you don't do heights, this level is not for you.
Since the theatre has been open they produce a local pantomime at Christmas, it does not have a celebrity lead, but is still popular and many shows are sell outs. There a wide range of shows to cater for every taste, and Theatre Severn is starting to get some good shows, groups and West End tours, this year I have seen Colin Fry, (Medium), The Soldiers who I would highly recommend, and more recently The Hairy Bikers, generally there is always an Agatha Christie play which runs for a week as well as West end shows without the prices. For the younger generation there has been Chuckle brothers, Cbeebies stars. With future stars including Showaddywaddy
As I mentioned earlier prices do vary, according to the show, but on average are £15 to £30 a tickets. There are discounts for seniors, students, children, disabled visitors.
Tel: 01743 281281
=Booking A ticket=
This could not be easier,
Book In person - You can turn up at Box office in person
Phone - Tel (01743 281281)
Online - https://tickets.shropshire.gov.uk/peo/hall.asp
=Bar and Restaurant=
These are open to members of the public, and I would highly recommend visiting.
=What I would change=
The only thinks I would have liked to have seen more toilets, and another lift, as it does get hectic in both areas.
=Would I recommend=
A big yes, this theatre is defiantly worth a visit.
Summary: A great theatre, family friendly