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Emporium Theatre Brighton
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Emporium is a theatre, cafe and bar set in Brighton's main area of regeneration, London Road. Open 7 days a week from 9am till late in the evening. Emporium Theatre's patron is Alan Rickman, who has this to say about us: "Emporium opens an exciting new door in British theatre venues. A great space with limitless potential for performance and serving the local community."
Reviewed 2 July 2014

Great venue friendly staff good food and great production of Into The Woods what more for a good evening well worth a visit .

Thank ray h
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

I loved this theatre. I loved the play too (Entertaining Mr Sloane). This was our first visit but won't be our last. The play was well cast and the actors professional. Cant wait for the next production.
It was such a good use of space - so intimate.

Thank JulieBrighton
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

We visited The Emporium to see Entertaining Mr Sloane, having been very impressed with Endgame which we had seen there a few months ago. We knew the cast was the same and they didn't let us down. The performance was great and the set was fabulous - definitely on a par with Endgame. The Emporium is a lovely venue for both theatre and a quiet drink at the café-bar. We also recommend the Eastern Eye which is practically opposite for a post-theatre curry. Great evening out!

Thank Tracy M
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

it was our first time here and i must say its amazing great building and such an amazing play. the staff working at the small cafe on there were great and very friendly and will chat to you great customer service. as for entertaining mr sloane we had front row tickets so made us feel that we were in the play with them i have never seen any of joe orton stuff. but i know great actors when i see them they put there heart and soul into it and you could tell they enjoyed doing it to. so i highly recommend you going to see this play before it finishes. a must for any brighton visitor.

Thank minnie russian
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

The venue itself is quite nice. The old church works well as a café in the front and theater space in the back. Although the seating is unbearably uncomfortable, it could conceivably be turned into something nice in the future.

As for the production itself, I'm not sure where to begin. The cast, directing and set were simply terrible. Joe Orton's play deals with some truly dark and terrifying ideas... none of which are explored by this production. The actors not only failed to understand their connection to the work and the characters but also to each other. It is a living breathing cartoon filled with no emotion, no pauses, no feeling and no impact. What should have been an excursion into the dark and twisted world of shattered people being manipulated by a sociopath turns into a children's cartoon minus the singing and honking horn sound effects.

The lead is particularly awful in his lack of depth. Evil and charisma are not personified by an arched muppet eyebrow and nervous giggly prancing. The other characters are flat at best. Just a complete and utter disappointment. I have no idea why it has been so highly rated on here except that maybe friends and relatives have been called upon to deliver favors.

Out of an audience of 17, 6 of us left at intermission and did not return. At least 6 of us... others might have left before I exited the acting abattoir, hand over mouth to suppress my horror and amused shock at what I had just witnessed. Do yourself a favor: Pass on this. And if you simply can't resist, have the decency to warn your friends afterwards. I now have 90 minutes of my life I will never get back.

Thank CowboyDave42
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