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“Happy Days”

The Marlowe Theatre
Ranked #10 of 116 things to do in Canterbury
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

We booked the Happy Days show online at fairly short notice and got the tickets through the post quickly. This was our first visit to the new Marlowe Theatre and we got tickets for the upper circle. Although the seats were towards the back, it was still a good view as the theatre is rather cosy. We were a little late entering the theatre and a member of staff escorted us to our seats which was helpful in the dimmed lighting. We have booked another show at this venue, as it is so convenient and economical seeing them local rather than travelling up to London.

Thank Karen C
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Went to see Dave Gorman at the Marlowe Studio - first time visit. Intimate (round 175-200 in audience), nice and close; almost felt like he was in your living room!! Dave Gorman was excellent - just like you see on television but with a bit more ad lib.
Three problems however:-
(1) The show was delayed for an hour and the only explanation given by the staff was that the "thing" had gone wrong?? They kept saying it will start in 10 minutes but no, it took what felt like a very long hour.
(2)Waiting outside in a sun trap of a corridor with no natural ventilation and no air conditioning - people were not happy. Especially when one of the staff went to the ice cream trolley. Hopes of a thoughtful freebie went out the window. She was merely there to take everything out for a stock check before the interval break for "Cats", that was being performed next door.
(3) After half an hour the seats started to get uncomfortable - narrow and insufficient leg room.

Thankfully Dave Gorman made the evening worthwhile and hopefully they'll do something about the hot room of a corridor if we go there again.

Thank David L
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

We have to agree with the previous reviewer about the sound levels in the Theatre. My wife suffers with Tinnitus and had to block her ears during some of the performance. It caused the sound to be distorted so you couldn't really hear some of the singing. It was difficult to fathom whether in fact there was an orchestra or if the cast were singing or miming to a pre-recorded track played at too greater a volume. It must be an issue for the actors being subjected to this twice a day. Having had this moan, all members of the cast gave a brilliant performance and we were able to enjoy it despite the acoustics. They are clearly a talented troupe and the dancing was exceptional! We hope they were singing live and not miming to a track - that would be tremendously disappointing and we cant imagine the Really Useful Group allowing that to happen. We live in hope!

Thank GrahamH728
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

We sat in the upper circle and the noise created by the orchestra became so loud and unbearable that we had to leave at the interval in order to protect our hearing. This is a "Health & Safety" Issue We could hardly understand the words and to top it all the seats where small and very uncomfortable.
The production of cats was far away from the original, just one memorable song until interval, everything else was spoken.
No Idea how a child will understand what's going on.
So turn the music down for the sake of public health before someone from The USA will sue you!!

3  Thank amandus1864
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

We recently went to see the stage show "Happy Days" & I was a bit sceptical as I had heard bad reviews about it!
Well I have to say the reviews were VERY wrong. It was a brilliant show with a really good story & some really funny lines in it as well. I would recommend it to anyone that remembers the original show (that means you are getting on like us)

Thank Wendy S
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