Queen's Theatre review
Queen's Theatre is in a great place down Shaftesbury Avenue, in the heart of the West End. You've got Chinatown right across the road, Piccadilly Circus two minutes walk away, and Leicester Square two minutes on from that. You could probably walk to Trafalgar Square in about 10-15 minutes. They've been playing "Les Miserables" for about three thousand years so the front is plastered with a huge billboard from top to bottom, two-stories high. If you're coming to see "Les Miserables" then you can't miss it.
The foyer is pretty nice but there's nothing much inside. Just a ticket booth and a counter to buy your cups and mugs, programmes and CD soundtracks. They've got a little bar upstairs as well which is quite roomy with a load of tables and chairs and a huge window which overlooks the bright lights of Shaftesbury Avenue, so it's worth getting there 30 minutes early to have a drink.
Inside the auditorium it's all deep reds and gold, and the walls around the stage are covered in ornate carvings. The painting on the ceiling is particularly fine, and wouldn't look out of place in a church (they'd have to take away the colossal diamond light chandelier though).
My only real criticism of the theatre is the orchestra. The pit is pretty puny and it's not at all obvious that the sound is live. They could have been playing a CD soundtrack through the speakers for all I knew. In some of the other theatres I have been to the really loud sounds rumble through the body, and shake your teeth and bones. But this one is... er... is that it? If it wasn't for the fact that I could see the musicians playing in the pit I would have needed convincing that they were there.
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