Upstairs at the Western

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Upstairs at the Western is Leicester's first pub theatre which programmes two seasons (Spring and Autumn) of brave, engaging and inspiring performances of theatre, comedy, spoken word, music and workshops. Home to Off the Fence Theatre Company.
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Graham M
Corby, UK6 contributions
Had many a hilarious night at the comedy here. Please keep it going it is so appreciated. Decent beers in the pub are worth a mention too making for a good nigh all round.
Written 6 March 2020
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Daisychain50
Lichfield, UK112 contributions
Couples
Went to see a brilliant musical called Ordinary Days which was really awesome! Loved the venue which was quirky and unusual in a great way! It's the Great Western pub with a theatre upstairs! Couple of tips take a cushion as seats can be a little uncomfortable and also the parking round there is a bit challenging so take care as it's a student area and a lot of mixed residents only and parking meters which are very cheap! Make a date and go it's a fun night out!
Written 27 May 2017
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peterlawyer
Leicester, UK1 contribution
Solo
Loved it ! A very enjoyable evening (about an hour) with a very energetic and well thought out one man performance in this intimate studio theatre. I have already booked to see further events here. As an elderly pensioner I had no problems although there may be access problems for those with mobility issues but a welcoming and pleasant venue. Over a pub and probably not usually suitable for small children. I noticed this performance was later going to Barnsley where I have friends and have recommended it to them.
Written 20 September 2016
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Partw0rn
High Wycombe, UK32 contributions
Friends
The billing sounded intriguing - someone cooking a 3 course meal using only hotel room appliances! And George met and exceeded our expectations. First it was very funny as only comedy with a strand of truth running through can be. Anyone who has tried hotel room service will yearn for food of George's menu calibre. And it was all genuine, and above board (apart from the popcorn - I was disappointed you couldn't cook it with a hair dryer.) But, secondly it was educational, all kinds of interesting facts, observations and experiences. It was monumentally clever, inventive and creative in a 'Roald Dahl' style (that you don't want children to see as it will give them ideas - but actually you do as it does engender free thinking out of which greatness comes). It was hilariously nostalgic with interludes involving 'painting' Twiglets with Marmite and sculpting Soreen Malt Loaf into unmentionable items for practical jokes (with tips for maximum impact). All told, it was excellent entertainment and Georges remarks on Brighton (his home town) and lack of diversity notwithstanding, I should like to see a more ethnically 'flavoured' version involving more of the trouser press. I only wished I had seen the promised recipe cards on sale as had been promised after the tasting. This is a great venue for intimate shows like this and suitable for everyone with an open mind and stomach.
Written 6 February 2016
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IPRI111
Milton Keynes, UK23 contributions
Family
Who would have thought a great evening at this miniscule pub-theatre would include a chemistry experience and a docu-comedy mime. John Hinton who wrote and performs all the parts is a genius reminiscient of Rik Mayall, Dame Edna Everage and your favourite teacher all rolled into one. The story is a look into dark parts of the life of Marie Curie as she slogged through purifying tons of pitchblende to obtain tiny amounts of radioactive radium; her venture to America to try and acquire more in return for a punishing lecture tour but supported by her daughters. And the plight of the luminescent watch-dial painters who innocently refined their radium-loaded paintbrushes with their tongues only to suffer dreadful jaw malignancies. In amongst that the audience participates in a chain reaction depicting isotopes of radium decaying, via a series of intermediates to radon, polonium and lead isotopes. A truly 'adult' theme, it is also excellent for older children who are astonished to find themselves on an equal footing with their parents. I only wished John's wife who was supporting him on stage with piano accordion could have taken a more active role .... watching John do everything was exhausting. Can't wait to see the the other two plays in the trilogy on Darwin & Einstein.

The venue (Upstairs) above a "spit & sawdust" pub (The Western) was really good - tiny (max audience of 60), but perfectly formed. It was well organised with the worlds tiniest box office, excellent online ticketing website, and top notch fliers, brochures and a fantastic programme of plays. Great to have a draft cider or real ale while waiting for curtain up.
Written 3 November 2015
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Mrjohnkirby
4 contributions
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I can't recommend this venue highly enough. Lovely staff, great shows and beer! A great venue to see shows up close.
Written 11 August 2015
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NickiBoop23
Leicester, UK5 contributions
Friends
Been to a few plays here over the last year. Every one has been brilliant. Looking forward to the next season!
Written 11 May 2015
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Keiran W
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As producer of KW Productions, last year we hired the theatre for a week long production of 'A Slice Of Saturday Night'. Fantastic venue with great facilities. It is unlike so many other theatres because the audience and performers are so intimate - its so original! A gem of a venue! Go! Can't wait to come back this year.
Written 4 May 2015
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Karen B
Leicestershire, UK3 contributions
Couples
Gary and Verity have great taste and host excellent productions. They are friendly, thoughtful and listen to feedback. With the help of volunteers they have improved the venue in each closed season. To be able to see high quality productions of new plays in an intimate setting in our local pub, which incidentally always serves a good pint, is a genuine thrill.
Written 19 April 2015
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Rachel G
Leicester, UK83 contributions
Family
Visited the ' Upstairs at the western' theatre to discover a hidden gem. It is above the Western pub ,which is a great place for a pre- show drink. It was a chilly night and with the real fire we were sold straight away. As there was no loud music , it was much easier to have a chat. The bar staff were very friendly and attentive. An announcement was made about 2 minutes before the show and we trooped upstairs to the theatre. It was very cosy ( maybe 50ish unnumbered seats)and because of the raking I imagine every seat has a decent view.We saw ' those Magnificent Men, which was part of the comedy festival- a fantastic innovative two hander with minimal props used in a very creative way. It was great fun; a show that appealed to both a 14 year old and an 80 year old.
I feel like I have been missing out by not visiting this venue sooner. I will definitely become a more frequent visitor especially as the prices are very reasonable and the spring 2015 programme looks much more exciting than Curve!
Written 20 February 2015
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