Grand Opera House

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Make sure you buy your tickets in advance; otherwise the bottleneck at the foyer means that you will end up queueing in the street. The foyer entrance is very small, and on show days, there is often a large queue outside. There is a side entrance which you can use if you have tickets, and there are no queues here. Also make sure you pay cash for your tickets, or else you'll be stung with a hefty booking fee. We could only get tickets in the Grand Circle. Seats in the Grand Circle do not give a good view. We had to lean forward all the time, and ended up with bad backs. Two interval ice creams cost £7, which is far more than most Yorkshire theatres charge.


I’ve waited sixty years to find out whodunit in Dame Agatha Christie’s famous play, The Mousetrap, and by the interval I realised that I couldn’t care less! Maybe in 1953 when this murder mystery was first performed, theatregoers expectation were much lower than they are today. This trivial piece may have worked in the fifties, but it sure doesn’t work anymore. I was bored witless within half an hour, and worked out who the killer was long before the dénouement. How this very average production has survived for so long, I have no idea, but maybe now that it’s finally been on tour, it will be mercifully put to sleep. It was reminiscent of watching a very ordinary am dram play in a church hall on a cold winter’s evening in the seventies, and I’ve sat through plenty of those over the years! I can’t recommend anything at all about this rancid play. Give it a miss! 4/10.

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