I have been to see various shows at the Bristol Hippodrome but this is the first time I have reviewed it. On this occasion I went to see 'Singing in the Rain' with my husband. Unfortunately two weeks ago (after I booked my tickets) I broke my leg and ankle. I get around using crutches and a wheelchair. I contacted the Hippodrome's access team who advised me on whether I would still be able to attend. They were very thorough and helpful but unfortunately all of the wheelchair accessible seats were booked and all of the boxes on the ground floor. I indicated I thought I would be ok as our seats were in the central aisle. On arrival the gentleman at the access door (Denmark street) could not have been more helpful. He was friendly, funny and gave great help and advice on getting us in. Unfortunately I couldn't elevate my leg enough in the aisle so we were allowed to move into one of the boxes on the Grand circle level. It was unfortunate that others decided to just sit there anyway without even asking and one chap dumped his children in a box while he sat elsewhere. The children were not interested in the show and proceeded to make comments, noise and chat all the way through the second half of the show. However that was the parents fault not the Hippodrome.
It's an old building with major constrains on what they could do to make it better. The toilets are always a bit tight and the bar staff can be slow. However all staff are friendly and helpful.. Tickets are expensive, seats and leg room too small but I think it's a beautiful building. I'm sure we'll b back. p.s. Singing in the rain was fantastic.
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