6 reviews of New Victoria Theatre in English
Being relatively new to Woking we could not find a quiet central pub to have a drink, all were very busy. We decided to nip into the theatre for a glass of wine. Our thinking was that the bar would be empty for a while at least. We arrived when audience were returning to their seats, and indeed the place was empty with a lovely foyer area.
However, I think what surprised me was the strange response from staff and the feeling of not being made welcome, they seemed quite suspicious of us, – We were not unkempt in appearance nor drunk or unsociable just made to feel as if we should not have used pub facilities. I wish we had not now, the drinks were very expensive.
I just don’t understand establishments such as this, surely new residents etc should be welcome even if it’s just to have browse of facilities. We didn’t just come into browse but paid money for drinks, simply don’t understand this country.
Came here to an afternoon matinee on my own as one of my favourite actors was performing here. I had a lovely view although i had only bought a 'cheap' seat.
I was greatly impressed by the whole building from waiting areas to toilets.
I even managed to get back stage and meet the actor in person!
Nice place & lovely staff.
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A nice-sized theatre, in the heart of Woking. Placed in the Peacocks, with an entrance (on performance nights) on the square next to the library and in front of the Woking Council offices, this is a very convenient theatre to go to.
It’s rather new, and as such does not benefit from any pleasant aesthetics as the London ones do. However, the seats are comfortable, not cramped, and there are no “restricted view” seats. This is a smart theatre, trying to offer good value for a decent price.
A bottle of water (0.5L) cost £1.60, so they do overcharge at the bar, but the cinema next door is worse, so one should not complain.
I am very happy with it. Only niggle is that they don’t open all exits at the end of a performance, and depending on how far you are from the one they do open, it may take you a little while to leave.
As this is not a massive theatre, this is no big deal. Just something to consider if you have dinner reservations shortly after the performance.
This theatre is accessable by parking in the Peacocks shopping centre car park.
This is very accessable for disabled people and have allocated spaces for them and carers.
Most seats have a good view of the stage, and I enjoy the atmosphere, Its is nice to have a local theatre as opposed to trekking to London everytime.
Food and drinks are expensive but it’s how they make there money I guess.
It is kept clean and always looks presentable.
The New Victoria Theatre (which is part of The Ambassadors Group) is a really lovely regional theatre that draws some of the big productions pre-West End as well as a number of travelling shows such as Chicago, Blood Brothers and Joseph to name but a few.
The tickets are usually reasonably priced (particularly compred to London prices) and there are often offers for groups of 10 or more. They run a 'friends’ scheme and even the Silver membership is worthwhile as it offers 2 for 1 on all shows as well as some special events and within 3 productions you have more made your money back.
All seats are comfortable although for the best view my favourites are Row D of the stalls, which is the first of the rake seating and offers a fantastic view of the stage, particularly in the centre.
Staff are generally on hand to help and the bar is well stocked. It is worth noting that although the most convenient parking is the multi storey at The Peacocks, if you park too high you can queue for half an hour or more to get out! A better bet is Brewery Road car park, which is opposite the theatre and allows for a much quicker getaway!
The New Vic is actually a bit of a gem. Part of the Ambassadors group (which has many London West End venues as well) it sees a lot of pre-and post West End tours come to the stage.
The stage itself is large enough to accommodate most productions and the rake is fine.
The auditorium is modern and there are few “duff” seats. Those to avoid are the last rows of the stalls, particularly to either side, where the acoustics are lost, either edge of the first few rows of the circle and upper circle (as the angle of view is poor) and the very upper back of the theatre because again you loose the acoustics.
Special offers are always available and standby tickets can be bought in person on the day for most productions although some will be limited to concessions (including students).
“Friends” discounts apply if you join as a member.
Refreshments are reasonably priced and the two bars are well staffed at intervals.
As ever the place would benefit from more female toilets!
It’s worth taking note of the programme of events here as you may just catch a cracker before it hits the West End stage. With tickets at a fraction of the price of the West End you’d be silly not to.
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