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“First of Many Visits (I Hope!)”

The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Ranked #92 of 343 Concerts & Shows in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Solihull, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“First of Many Visits (I Hope!)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2014

Brilliant theatre space. The Duchess of Malfi, excellent entertainment watched from the front of the pit. Very atmospheric in the candle-light (although I did get dripped on several times by candle wax, which made me jump out of my skin!). The bench seating is a bit uncomfortable but the benefit of being so close to the stage, outweighed the discomfort! Super performances - David Dawson wonderfully creepy, Alex Waldmann effortlessly charming and Gemma Arterton stunning. Great night out, can't wait for a return visit, but will probably take a cushion!

Visited February 2014
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very cute small theatre”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2014

Beautiful reconstruction of a theatre - well worth a trip. Best seats are probably first gallery at the front - we were top gallery but at the front so we saw the show well (if a bit of leaning forward). Eileen Atkins as Ellen Terry was superb!

Visited February 2014
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Reading, United Kingdom
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247 reviews
128 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“An amazing new theatre for London”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2014

This theatre was only opened a few weeks ago. Originally on this Thames riverside site there had been an open-air theatre and a roofed theatre. The Globe open-air amphitheatre was opened 17 years ago and now today we have the opening of this recreated theatre. What a marvellous experience they have given us. It's a small and intimate wooden building, that is lit entirely by candle-light. We saw The Duchess of Malfi, an experience that was thoroughly enjoyed. You really felt as if you had gone back in time.

Visited February 2014
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Athens, Greece
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194 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Wonderful candlelit ambience, perfect acoustics enhanced by wooden frame”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2014 via mobile

This theatre, based on 16th century designs, is going to change the way we experience dramatic performances. Small and intimate, encased in an elegant wooden frame that enhances acoustics, and lit entirely by chandeliers with candles, it creates an otherworldly atmosphere that absorbs the viewer into a magic world. The production of The Duchess of Malfi was excellent and entirely appropriate as the opening play of this superb venue. Thank you, Globe!

Visited January 2014
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