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      28.03.2011 21:13
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      A nice little theatre which I wouldn't mind visiting again.

      I recently attended a play called 'In a Forest Dark and Deep' by Neil La Bute at the Vaudeville (apparantly pronounced Voe-deville rather than Vaw-deville) Theatre in London. This West End theatre is located at: 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH The nearest underground tube stations to the theatre are Charing Cross, Covent Garden or Embankment. I actually got off at the latter as I didn't want to wait for a train on another line and I walked the rest of the way. If you are of normal fitness levels then getting of at Embankment station is just as easy as Charing Cross as it's only marginally further away. From Embankment walk straight up from the station exit and turn right past Charing Cross Tube Entrance. The theatre is on the other side of the road. The theatre can also be reached by bus routes: 1, 4 , 6, 9, 11, 13 , 15, 68, 76, 171, 176, 188. Those using their own transport can find parking at NCP at Upper St Martins Lane and Masterpark at Trafalgar Square. You'll be able to see the theatre as it has a big triangular billboard over the entrance. The foyer front has a roof which has the theatre's name illuminated in blue lights. As far as comparing this theatre to others nearby such as the Adelphi I would say the building looks smaller and a little less 'showy'. It's facade shows impressive Victorian style architecture. The theatre has a main entrance where there are several sets of doors. The box office is located to the right as you walk in. The box office is open from 10.00am to 20.00pm Monday to Saturday. If you have tickets to collect you should retrieve them within half an hour of the show starting. The theatre has 690 seats over three levels: the stalls, dress circle and upper circle. To access the stalls and the dress circle enter through the main foyer. The upper circle can be accessed via a door to the right of the theatre and there are several quite steep staircases to climb before you reach this level. I was sitting in the upper. There is nobody at the entrance directing people which I didn't like as I was unsure about entering since it looks a bit dark and foreboding! There is a small bar area to the left on the upper level but no where to sit and the bar is enclosed within what looks like a cupboard space! To access the sitting area in the upper you have to climb up another staircase then climb back down another staircase once you are inside the auditorium. The aisles are marked with a letter at the end and each seat individually marked with a number. The furnsihings are quite nice and clean. I found my seat comfortable and inside the auditorium was a nice temperature. The theatre prides itself on being one of a few in the area that are air conditioned. The view from the upper is a matter of personal taste. I had a seat in the middle of row G and this placed me centrally with a good view of the lower stage. The set in the play I saw though had an upstairs and when the cast went upstairs I was not able to see their faces. I had a 'cheap' ticket which is generally considered to be from row G to the back of the upper in row J. However, the people in front of me in row F had paid nearly £20 more than I had and they had a worse view of the lower stage than I did. This is due to the fact that there is a metal rail around the front of the seating area which cuts into the eye level of anyone sitting in rows E and F, so I would avoid these rows if you can. Every few seats there are binoculars which you can rent for £1 but I didn't need to use these and saw noone else using them either! I was able to hear the performance very well also and there was no loss of sound up to where I was sitting. The stage is not all that big and it makes the performances feel quite intimate. You are allowed to take food and drink into the auditorium. If you have a disabilty drinks will be brought to you by staff. As far as access for disabled people the theatre is not that great as there are no wheelchair spaces and you have to transfer to theatre seating. Wheelchair users must be accompanied by an able bodied person also. The theatre has toilets which can be accessed from the foyer level, again with steps to navigate and there are no facilities for disabled people. If you have a disibililty that requires you to need extra leg room then you should book a seat in the stalls or in one of the boxes. Guide dogs are also allowed into the auditorium. I really enjoyed my visit to this theatre and had no problems with anything whilst attending. I would definitely attend again if I had the chance to and would book the stalls or the dress circle for something I wanted to see passionately. Otherwise the cheaper tickets in the upper are a good value for a West End performance as long as you avoid rows E and especially F! To book tickets and read about the shows that are on at this theatre visit the official Nimax website - the Nimax company own this theatre: http://www.nimaxtheatres.com/vaudeville-theatre/ To find out information including nearby hotels and restaurants visit the following site: http://www.london-theatreland.co.uk/theatres/vaudeville-theatre You can also access the London Theatre Direct Ltd agent site at: http://www.vaudeville-theatre.co.uk

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