went to see the Blues Brothers here a couple of weeks ago it was fantastic
Grand Opera House
26 reviews of Grand Opera House in English
have attended many shows in grand opera house and always love every one and had the privledge of watch kids in belfast preforming bugsy malone.it shows what talent we have here.yesterday i watched jesus christ superstar,it was fantastic so moving the cast were amazing so everyone support your grand opera house as often as you can.ps for anyone complaining about the prices of everything it cost me as much to go to pictures with my grandchildren and i bring my sweeties and drinks from very cheap shops with me so no excusessjust go and enjoy!
I love the surroundings of the theatre, so grand…and loads of atmosphere. Never fail to get a kick out of going in and sitting down amidst all the grandeur and looking up and around me. However, not having the best hearing in the world, I do find the accoustics a problem….is it just me? I would need continuous subtitles, unless I’m sitting very close to the stage, I find it really hard to hear everything. Even worse if I find myself behind a pillar. Might as well doze off. The productions don’t always live up to the surroundings either. Went to see a really DREADFUL play a few months ago – something about blue haired ladies on a bench (yes, the title should have warned me!) ….apparently this production has been round half the world and to lots of applause…but we found it unbearably boring – the plot, writing, acting….a plethora of cliches at every turn. Horrendously fake American accents from the cast – including yer woman Lorraine Chase who is famous for her 70’s adverts with Leonard Rossiter. It had other fairly well known actresses too – of the older generation – but nothing could save this appalling play. There were some older ladies in the seats behind me and I’m sure I heard several stifled yawns, starting within the first half an hour. Not a good sign. At interval, the crowd was noticably subdued in the cafe, and nobody was smelling the coffee. We took our opportunity to leave then, leaving 2 very noticeable empty seats in the 2nd row (I’d been determined I would hear the dialogue this time but what a mistake). That wasn’t the only poor production we’d seen in the GOH…love the place but….
i go with my mum at least twice a year and no matter how many times i go i am always in awe when i look up at that ceiling it truely is breathtaking. i love this place and would recommend it to anybody who is looking for a good night out without being surrounded by all the lager louts. rocky horror is always great here i hope it comes back soon.
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j b, 7 June 2011:
Overpriced overated and over the top acting. Not much choice. well fitted out by the taxpayer funds no doubt. staff a bit like National trust ones, rather stuck up but they need to work. Not to arty farty. worth a try plenty of poseing
Depending where you sit, can make or break the show! The opera house is a good size, but also small and intimate so you nearly feel part of the show sometimes.
Lucanios, the restaurant is amazing. The chicken is amazing and you keep your table for the interval too and you pre-ordered drinks are waiting for you. The staff also let us leave our winter coats and umbrellas too!
Centrally located, right beside a main train and bus station and attached to the five star Fitzwilliam Hotel, it's easy to find with lots nearby.
I attended yet another amazen show ANNIE my two young girls age 7 loved it the whole cast were delightful to watch i just couldnt take my eyes of the show incase i missed anything my girls were the same, the stage probs were outstanding, the music to the show was awesome, the staff of the opera house were very helpful indeed an nothing was to much bother.
I have been inside the Grand Opera House once before to see a comedian. The staff in this place where all very friendly and courteous. I was blown away however by the magnificent interior of the Opera House. It really is stunning. The carved heads and decorative paintwork wouldn’t look out of place in a luxury palace. The seats are pretty comfortable and the way they are arranged gives it a nice cosy feeling. There is also an area for eating and drinking which was great as we had a bite to eat before the show started.
This is one of Belfast’s most prestigous venues. As the frames said(when they played there last year) You lnow you’ve made it when you get to play a place like this. Even though it isn’t the largest venue in Belfast (see the oddysey arena) it is quite an impressive space. Recent additions have seen the inclusion of Luciano’s restaurant and bar, named after the famous Tenor Pavarotti, and boasts some good food at prices which won’t break the bank!
There is an awesome list of bands and productions that have played the GOH in teh past with Belfast’s very own panto dame- May McFetridge being in quite a few! Some notable quality shows which have been on in the past year are “A night in November”- a story set deep in Northern Ireland’s troubled past, performed brilliantly by Patrick Kielty. “Women on the verge of HRT” performed by Marie Jones herself, and “stones in his pockets” which is a comedy two -man show!
A beautiful Opera House, rebuilt many times and as wonderful as ever. A credit to those who look after it. A fab and diverse selection of shows throughout the year to suit all ages from old to young. Prices could be better, an expensive night out.
The Opera House is a beautiful theatre. The program is varied with something for eveyone throughout the year, and I wouldn’t miss the pantomime at Christmas. The staff are all extremely friendly, with very knowledgable hosts.
The new bar extension isn’t to everybody’s taste (and has been described as having all the atmosphere of an airport departure lounge) so that’s where I’ve deducted a star, but it’s more than adequate for a drink before or during a show. Oh, and the prices of the sweets and drinks have gone up recently too.
I hadn’t been to the Grand Opera House in a number of years but I had the opportunity to visit for a business networking event recently and I was pleasantly surprised. I was seeing the place in a completely different context in that my main purpose was to meet other business people in convivial surroundings and hopefully enjoy some nice food and be able to hear the main speaker in comfort.
The Opera House certainly did us proud as the saying goes it was great craic! All had a most enjoyable evening in beautiful setting and I think it could be called agreat success.
I love this place and if I could afford it I would go every week!! Beautiful decor inside (check out the elephants and the ceiling!) and a great variety of shows for adults and children alike..opera, panto, ballet, comedy, west end shows..definately something for everyone!! Prices have gone up quite considerably but I really think it is worth it and there are also concessions for students/groups etc. The food in the baby grand bistro is also lovely and very resonable and I love it so much I am going on Tuesday to see Buddy and to the Ballet in February. Definately worth a visit if you enjoy the theatre…:-)
This is such a beautiful place to visit and there are so many great shows on here now there is a reason for everyone to visit. The panto every year is well worth a visit and fun for all the fsmily it never diappoints and you dnt even need to pay for expensive seats as can see great whereever you sit. However it does go really high so if your affraid of hights beware!! well worth going on one of the tours to have a look around if you dont fancy any of the shows as it does look fantastic.
The outside does this place no justice, the new attached baby grand, does not fit in with the grand opera house style. Inside the theatre the workmanship is amazing, a real atmosphere. I take my son to the panto every year amongst other shows, it is truly worth the money!
A good, old fashioned feel about this great venue. There is something magical about making your way into the seating area, sitting down and taking in the surroundings. There is always a buzz of anticipation before a show starts and this adds to your night out. The shows themselves are often well produced and executed. As with most theatres, though, seating can be a bit tight for space and you don’t get much room to stretch, so take a chance to go for a walk around when there is a break.
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