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BRIDGE THEATRE

 
 



A GERMAN LIFE (play)
Ends 11th May 2019.

Brunhilde Pomsel told her life story to some Austrian filmmakers in 2016, shortly before she died. How exactly did she end up working as secretary to Joseph Goebbels?

Maggie Smith is directed by Jonathan Kent in Christopher Hampton's play.


 

 

Theatremonkey Opinion:

(seen at the evening performance on 13th April 2019). Dame Maggie Smith. Christopher Hampton. Jonathan Kent. Anna Fleischle. John Clark. Paul Groothuis. That is all.

OK, the monkey is being lazy, but it has the ultimate theatremonkey.com tribute of naming the cast and creative team in full.

This is "once in a lifetime" theatre. An elderly woman sits at a table for an hour and three quarters. She talks about the jobs she has had, the people she knew, her experiences of the war. There is no acting nor theatre, no artifice; yet every moment is laser cut with the precision of a diamond jeweller. A new facet revealed, discussed, later perhaps reflected on. Each movement, pause, selected word or utterance adding to the verisimilitude of both character and tale.

To hear a World War Two story from a German perspective is to gain a whole new understanding of modern history. A different and deeper idea of culpability, and a new light shed on humanity.

Saying more would ruin the experience for those who manage to get a ticket. It's masterclass in theatricality, from a team at the very pinnacle of what theatre can do.

5 stars, standing ovation.

 



 

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(2 reviews)

 Went to see performance on Saturday 13th of April 2019. It was a privilege to have been able to see Maggie Smith live. It was very easy to forget that it was her in fact and not Brunhilde Pomsel herself sat reminiscing alone on the stage. There's no fireworks and special effects in this play just a quiet monologue but I was none the less captivated by the voice of a women who was determined to let us know that she did not feel any guilt about the horrors that appeared to go on right under her nose as she claimed she simply didn't realise what was happening.

The theatre itself is wonderful. With a bright spacious foyer and bar area, modern facilities and comfy seating this could easily be the best theatre I have visited. We sat in seats 43 and 44 row C in gallery 3. These were on the back row of the highest level and despite these been some of the cheapest tickets on offer the view was excellent. The seats were higher more like stools but were very comfortable with a bar your feet and a railing to lean on. Would definitely sit here again although most seats looked to offer a good view. Get a ticket if you can.
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I was far enough from the end to see most of her intriguing face, at least, SPOILER ALERT until the set moved far enough to the front. (How do they do that? I never saw the slightest bit of motion, then, suddenly noticed her tote bag was no longer to my left, but smack, dab in front of me.) SPOILER ENDS.

I was captivated by her use of the eyeglasses and how delicately and gracefully she moved her arthritic fingers. She is a master class in acting. And then there is the book. Phenomenal. I wonder how much tweaking she did to fit the character? She didn’t attempt a German accent, which made it easier for me to sympathise with the character.




 

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Performance Schedule:
The monkey advises checking performance times on your tickets and that performances are happening as scheduled, before travelling.

Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm

Runs 1 hour 40 minutes approximately, with no interval.

 

Ticket Prices:  
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THIS THEATRE USES "DYNAMIC PRICING" WITH PRICES CHANGING ACCORDING TO DEMAND. THE BOOKING SYSTEM WILL INDICATE THE EXACT PRICE OF YOUR TICKET AT TIME OF ENQUIRY.

Stalls
All seats: £69.50 except:
"Premium Seats" row A 28 to 38; B 17 to 49; C 17 to 48; D 17 to 46; E 18 to 47; F 18 to 48; G 19 to 47; H 26 to 40: £95
Row A 9 to 15, 51 to 56; B 9, 10, 55 to 57; C 9, 10, 56, 57; D 9 to 11, 56, 57; E 9 to 11, 56, 57: £55
Row BB, D, F and H 26 and 40: £39.50
Rows A to E 5 to 8, 58 to 61: £25
Row A to E 2, 3, 4, 62, 63, 64; £15

Dress Circle

All seats: £69.50 except:
Row L 7 to 18, 23 to 29, 45 to 51, 57 to 68: £55
Row L 19 to 22, 52 to 55: £39.50
Row J 1 to 5, 70 to 74 and K 2 to 5, 70 to 73: £15

Upper Circle

Row A 22 to 53; B 31 to 43: £69.50 except
"Premium Seats" row A 31 to 44: £95
Row A 6 to 19, 56 to 69; B 22 to 30, 45 to 53; C 31 to 43: £55
Row B 7 to 23, 52 to 68; C 20 to 30, 45 to 55: £39.50
Row A 1 to 5, 70 to 74; B 2 to 5, 70 to 72: £15

Balcony

Row A 31 to 44: £69.50
Row A 22 to 30, 45 to 53; B 31 to 43: £55
Row A 6 to 21, 54 to 69; B 22 to 30, 45 to 53; C 31 to 43: £39.50
Row A 1 to 5, 70 to 74; B 2 to 21, 55 to 73: £15



Day Seats": A small number of seats - quantity and location at box office discretion, likely to include the sides or front row stalls - are available to personal callers at the box office before the performance on the day from 10am, priced £15 each. Limited to 1 ticket per person. The monkey always advises taking both cards and cash in case one is preferred over the other. Check with the box office before travelling if this policy is still in operation.

Lottery: At all performances, a limited number of tickets are available at £20 each. These will be allocated by lottery, online at App Todaytix, released for the performance on that day, at midnight and with winners notified 2 to 4 hours before the show.

UNDER 26: The Bridge £7.50 scheme allows those aged 16–25 to purchase two tickets for £7.50 each for selected Bridge Theatre shows. To book, simply create a Young Bridge account on the www.bridgetheatre.co.uk website and fill in your date of birth. The rate will apply to any two tickets for one performance of specific productions. ID may be required on collection of the tickets.
 

Some details will change. The monkey will update as available.

 

 

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Buying Tickets Online:

Other Box Office Information

Tickets offered differ between outlets. Outlets also may offer different seats via their phone and online systems.
Theatre Box Office:
www.bridgetheatre.co.uk - the owners' site, provide the service for this theatre.

This theatre allows online seat selection.

 

Booking fees per ticket for online bookings:
No fee for print-at-home tickets or box office collection.


 

Other Online Choices (with S.T.A.R. genuine ticket agencies):

Will appear here when available.
 

Other Independent S.T.A.R. ticket agencies may also offer an alternative choice of seats.


 

Theatre Box Office:
Telephone: 0333 320 0051
Operated by Quay Tickets on behalf of the venue. Free call from landlines and packages that allow it.

Booking fees per ticket for telephone bookings:
A £2.50 per booking, not per ticket, handling fee applies.
 

For personal callers or by post: One Tower Bridge, London, SE1 2SD
Open from 8.30am.

Special Access Needs Customers:
Wheelchair users and other registered disabled theatregoers can book their seats and enquire about concessionary prices that may be available to them on the box office phone line. 0333 320 0051, or bridgetheatre.co.uk/accessibility/

www.bridgetheatre.co.uk is the official theatre website.
 

 
 
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Theatre Seat Opinions:
Please remember that cheaper seats often do not offer the same view / location quality as top price ones, and that ticket prices are designed to reflect this difference.

This is a new venue, with the monkey opinion based on "first impressions." Feel free to send your own: contact us.

For the monkey, it felt it was a cross between the sophistication and comfort of the Barbican Theatre, and the adaptability and friendly intimacy of the Dorfman Theatre. Trust it, the proximity to the stage from anywhere in the house is amazingly close.

 

Seating Plan Diagram

Stalls Dress Circle Upper Circle Balcony Notes
STALLS 

Layout:
Flexible, stage at one end, or with seating on three or four sides.

Seats are divided into a centre and two side blocks by aisles. Back to row G, outermost side block aisle seats are angled towards the stage.

No aisles at the outermost ends of rows from D back.

In "End Stage" layout there are steps between all rows. Combined with good "offset" to see between the seats ahead, and a fairly high stage, the view is excellent from all seats.

Seats E, G, J, L, N and Q 10 and 24 are "fold out" seats, identical to those at the Dorfman Theatre. No arm rests, but nothing in front of them either.

Legroom:
"End Stage:" Excellent in all seats, for those up to 6ft 5 or more.

Nothing in front of row B 2 and 32, with 50% clear in B 3 and 31. No seat directly in front of E 6 and 28 and G 6 and 28. Note that these seats "turn in" to the seat beside them, though - E 7 and 27, G 7 and 27. Romantic if you are into it, otherwise knees may touch for largest occupants.

Nothing in front of fold-out seats rows E, G, J, L, N and Q numbers 10 and 24.

Choosing Seats in General:
The view is pretty outstanding wherever you sit. With the slightly thrust stage that AA and the sides of A and B wrap around, the very ends of AA to B may find the set in the way a little. Beyond that, rows C to L in the centre block are probably the first prime seats to aim for - with the cheaper "fold out" ones the very first pick for discount bargain hunters.

Side block seats feel connected to the stage too, take centre aisle seats first - and claustrophobics may wish to avoid the outermost seats against walls. There's the next balcony beside them, so they don't feel too enclosed, but the monkey notes it anyway.

It's worth going side block for seats closer to the stage if the centre block is unavailable, then work your way back as required.

Wheelchair space views from the area around B1 may not be the greatest if the set is in the way. The balcony 2 places probably give a better overall view of the production in these cases.

General Hazard Notes:
Outermost side block seats may feel claustrophobic for a few.

Outermost side block seats in row B may have a somewhat restricted view, depending on the set.

No seat directly in front of E 6 and 28 and G 6 and 28, but these seats "turn in" to the seat beside them, though - E 7 and 27, G 7 and 27. Romantic if you are into it, otherwise knees may touch for largest occupants.

Those seated in the front rows or side rows will take far longer to leave the theatre (up to 10 minutes) due to lack of exits.

Changes for the current production:
Seating on three sides of the stage. Legroom in all rows is fine to 5ft 11 or so.

A lot of premium seats - the entire centre section from A back to H, plus the side seats closest to the centre aisles in rows B to G. Be aware that despite the premium price, D, F and H 26 and 40 are folding seats. The view is great but not as comfortable.

Rows AA and BB in the centre are much cheaper and excellent value. Row BB is flat on the floor behind AA, but the stage is high enough for it not to bother most, feels the monkey. Also the price in AA is very low - bargain, feels the monkey.

Seats in A to E at the sides are decent value once past the premium seats. You may want to sit at least 2 seats off the outermost aisle for a better angle. The way the staging runs for this, "high numbers" side seats see more than "low numbers." Also those from 10 downwards and 58 upwards will see less as the play progresses. Be aware.

Outermost side seats have a view of the back of the action, but are very cheap. Next to them, the seats go up a few pounds for an even better angle on the action. Worth considering, feels the monkey.


 

Reader Comments:
"Stalls: "Young Marx" (October 2017). I nearly bought a stalls strapitan seat but decided against it until I knew exactly what they were. I saw a couple being used and they are a little like a cabin crew jump seat that completely folds away once you stand up. They seemed quite small, no arms but they do have a back which folds away as well. From what I could see, they are probably best for very small/thin people."

"Stalls: "Nightfall" (May 2018). Unfortunately tonight my wife and I left at the interval. Although in a good seat in the stalls, we couldn’t pick out the words. The theatre is terrific in most ways but for us acoustically it doesn’t work. We’re older, so that must be a contributing factor, as also must have been the accents and deliveries employed, but we haven’t experienced this anywhere else to the same extent. It was wonderful to see such a young audience, but laughter, when it came appeared from isolated pockets rather than more generally suggesting we weren’t alone in failing to appreciate everything being said. It would be interesting to find out if we are alone in finding this a problem."

"Promenade:"  "Julius Caesar" (February 2018). I was promenading and thought it was excellent value for money and actually probably the best way to see it as you are right in the action. It should be advised that if you are shorter you should try and get in earlier to be closer to the front. But be warned - the front row of people may be slightly showered in the spit of projecting actors!"

"A64: "A German Life" (April 2019). Got Day Seat A64. First row, left-hand side - best view in the house for first half, but slightly restricted view during the latter parts of the performance.

"C38: "My Name Is Lucy Barton" (January 2019), ("Thrust Stage" layout). The rows of seats have very decent leg room – it’s possible for people to squeeze past without those already seated having to stand up to let newcomers by. Each seat has its own arm rest too. C38 is to the left of centre of the stage, and the fifth row back; but a good rake means it was extremely unlikely to have your view blocked by heads in front. It is in the ‘premium seat’ category but does give a very good view of the stage."

"N5: "Allelujah! (July 2018), (Josepha). A large stalls with good leg room. I had an excellent view with good leg room from N5 in the stalls. I am not sure how good the view would be from the gallery levels as they are at ninety degrees to the stage eg like at Cottesloe or slips at Covent Garden."



DRESS CIRCLE 
Called "Gallery 1" in this theatre.

Layout:
Curved around behind and beside the stalls on three sides - four if "in the round" setting is used.

A rail divides row R from the stalls in front. Another rail gives row T (and S at the sides) something to lean on. Neither affect views.

Seats at the sides can be angled to face the stage as required.

Legroom:
Front row R comfortable for those up to around 5ft 6 in the centre, 5ft 5 in the first and last 5 seats. The front wall bows out slightly to give extra leg space.

Row S to around 5ft 9 from 6 to 69, and for most in the "high" seats 1 to 5 and 70 to 74.

Row T "high seats" are acceptable to all who don't mind "legs dangling" and resting feet on a rail.

Choosing Seats in General:
The facing blocks don't feel too far from the stage, so choose on legroom - central S has more than R, and "high seats" in central T are cheaper and even better. The monkey would probably go for stalls first, then save bananas and take T over R and S.

Moving outside the centre, the next seats are angled to the stage, with decent views, any safety rails are low and inconspicuous. The angle of each seat towards the stage dictates the discount, but the views are good.

At the sides, the very cheapest seats nearest the stage are bargains, row S in particular is more comfortable on "high seats" for the taller monkey over 5ft 5.

General Hazard Notes:
Those seated in the further reaches of  the side rows will take far longer to leave the theatre (up to 10 minutes) due to lack of exits.

Changes for the current production:
Seating on three sides of the stage. Side rows K and L are exceptional value. You may want to go a few seats off the outermost aisle for the best viewing angle on both sides.

Central L is good value, but J and K seem a little far for the cash - save and go L or at the sides to be closer to the action, feels the monkey.

Outermost end seats are lowest price, with a rear view of the action, still decent value, feels the monkey.

Reader Comments:
"AA36: Booked on a whim and bagged a £15 ticket. Front row, facing the stage, absolutely cracking seat!! The leg room is exceptional (a good four or five feet between seat and stage) and, even at just 5' 5", the edge of the stage was just under my eyeline. There were minimal bits of action that were missed but hardly worth mentioning. Fantastic value for money."

"R1: "Young Marx" (October 2017). £15. View restricted in that you miss the back corner of the set and from what I gather a repeated visual gag. However that's all you miss. Great value good view of everything else. BUT you do have to go along the row from seat 20 down to 1 which was causing a lot of tutting from people today - there's no way to know that before you get in and no other way in or out. My seat mate and I did pass that on to staff as feedback though."

"R9: "Young Marx" (October 2017). Front row, very comfortable seat, plenty of legroom. Stage was pretty high, had to sit upright to see the floor, but no problem."

"R 70 and 72: "Allelujah!" (July 2018). Just wanted to say that £15 tickets row R Gallery 1 are excellent value. For Allelujah, sitting in R 72 I could see most of the stage. R 70 was even better."

"S8: "Young Marx" (October 2017). I paid £35. This was a seat angled towards the stage, rather than a high chair. I had a very clear view and no one in front leant forward, and even if they did the rake would have taken care of that. It is a side view but I thought it was good value for money and each seat is individually angled so the view is taken care of. I would say for a new theatre the seats are quite small in width, however the legroom was fine for me (I am 5ft nothing). The slightly angled seats do mean you can lean in the space behind the seat you are beside so you don’t crowd your neighbour on the armrest. Next time, I would choose Gallery 1 left, because they seem to have another entry and exit point halfway down the section (between seats 69 and 70 from the plan) which made it easier for people to get in and out. Gallery 1 right has a door in that corresponding area, but it is ‘fire exit only’ so all the rows and seats have only one entry and exit point. The room to manoeuvre up and down the rows is limited so don’t arrive late as you will cause quite a kerfuffle. Like you say, it is very much like the Dorfman and it feels quite intimate, even with your fellow audience members, I had lots of chats with the people around me who were all very excited about the new theatre. I nearly bought a stalls strapitan seat but decided against it until I knew exactly what they were. I saw a couple being used and they are a little like a cabin crew jump seat that completely folds away once you stand up. They seemed quite small, no arms but they do have a back which folds away as well. From what I could see, they are probably best for very small/thin people."

"S17 and 18: "Julius Caesar" (February 2018). Did not know what to expect as these were marked as "high seats". It turned out they were superb, with an excellent view of the whole production - the staging moves around but we saw everything. At £50.00 per seat they were not cheap but I chose them because they were among the cheaper seat for this particular production. You have no one sitting behind you and I had no one to my left so at certain times I could stand without affecting anyone else's view of the stage. I am 5'2 and my husband is 6'. We both found the seats far more comfortable than we had expected - the seats have arms, a high back and a foot rest. I would have no hesitation in choosing these seats again in the future or recommending them to others."

"T21 and 22: "Young Marx" (October 2017). These are high seats, but they are proper seats with backs and armrests (i.e. not stools). Because of a railing separating row C from row B, there is little space in front of the seat, so even if you're standing up it is very difficult for someone to pass you, unlike in a conventional seat. But there is no constriction of space for knees because they are not banging up against the back of the seat in front. And thus the seats were comfortable to sit in for the duration of the show. The view was fine, and the height of the seats meant no obstruction by the heads of anyone in front. However, the overhang of "Gallery 2" cut off the view of the top of the set, and in Young Marx there is a little bit of action there that we had to dip our heads to see. Acoustics were also fine; it was not difficult to hear almost all of the dialogue despite the distance, even though there was the occasional phrase or word that got lost."




UPPER CIRCLE
Called "Gallery 2" in this theatre.

Layout:
Wraps around the central playing area / stalls on three sides - 4 if "in the round" is used. Overhangs the dress circle at row B.

Seats at the sides are angled to face the playing area.

Rails between rows give those in B and C (A and B at the sides) something to lean on. They don't affect views.

Legroom:
Comfortable for those up to around 5ft 6 in row A - the wall bows to allow a little more.

Fine for those to 5ft 9 in row B.

High seats in row C are fine for anyone willing to let legs "dangle" and rest on a bar in front. Monkey likes at 5ft 7 and above.

Choosing Seats in General:
There's nothing wrong with the centre block view. It doesn't feel that far from the stage, so if all other top price seats are gone, not a terrible pick. Take B over A for legroom if over 5ft 6, or go for cheaper row C over B, if willing to climb the "high chairs" and look below the overhang.

Moving to the outer facing block, seats start to angle towards the stage. B 19, 20, 21, 53, 54 and 55 lose up to a quarter of stage to pillars, but are not a bad budget choice if sold.

At the sides, both rows are bargains, particularly A for the short, B for the taller. The outermost block seats again have lighting equipment in the way and may have an odd angle due to the set. Still, very close to the action and row B in particular the monkey judged a bargain as you can lean without bothering anyone and get an amazing view.

Wheelchair space views from here are behind row C 31 and not bad at all, feels the monkey. It would probably take them over the stalls ones unless wanting to be close to see faces. The overall view is less dependent on the set not being in the way, otherwise.

General Hazard Notes:
Overhang of circle above means row C may not see the very top of the set.

Pillars may affect views from ends of outer central block seats in rows A to C.

Safety rails are present but not particularly noticeable at the ends of aisles.

Side block row A may have lighting equipment in view.

Those seated in the further reaches of the side rows will take far longer to leave the theatre (up to 10 minutes) due to lack of exits.

Changes for the current production:
Seating on three sides of the stage.

Side row B is exceptional value. You may want to go a few seats off the outermost aisle anyway for the best viewing angle on both sides.

Central B and C are good value, but A seem a little far for the cash, particularly 31 to 44 at "premium" prices. Save and go B or at the sides to be closer to the action, feels the monkey.

Outermost end seats are lowest price, with a rear view of the action, still decent value, feels the monkey.
 

Reader Comments:
"B9 and 10: "Allelujah!" (July 2018). £35.00 within group booking. A lot of the action was focussed on stage left, nearest to us. Back corner of stage left was not visible. Biggest problem was the safety rail. It was at our eyesight level, obscuring the stage, particularly stage left. There were two alternatives. Lean on the safety rail and block the view for the people sitting left of us. Crouch down and view the stage through underneath the safety rail, which is what we did. I recommend avoid these seats and nearby ones, and the equivalent seats near stage right."

 

BALCONY
Called "Balcony 3" in this theatre.

Layout:
Wraps around the central playing area / stalls on three sides - 4 if "in the round" is used. Overhangs the upper circle at row B.

Seats at the sides in row C are angled to face the playing area where possible.

Rails between rows give those in B and C (A and B at the sides) something to lean on. They don't affect views.

Legroom:
Comfortable for those up to around 5ft 6 in row A - the wall bows to allow a little more.

Fine for those to 5ft 9 in row B.

High seats in row C are fine for anyone willing to let legs "dangle" and rest on a bar in front. Monkey likes at 5ft 7 and above.

Choosing Seats in General:
The centre block views are the total bargains in this theatre. Frankly some dress circles in other venues feel far further from the stage, so don't think twice about booking in here.

Those to 5ft 6 can take row A if they like, but B is cheaper and suitable to 5ft 9... and row C "high seats" are cheaper still and total bargains for those able and willing to "dangle" a little.

Moving to the blocks beside the centre ones, the same applies - A is nice for the short, B cheaper and nicer for the taller. Aisle end rails won't worry anyone much.

At the sides, both rows are bargains, particularly again A for the short, B for the taller. The outermost block seats again have lighting equipment in the way and may have an odd angle due to the set. Still, very close to the action and row B in particular the monkey judged a bargain as you can lean without bothering anyone and get an amazing view.

General Hazard Notes:
Safety rails are present but not particularly noticeable at the ends of aisles.

Side block row A may have lighting equipment in view.

Those seated in the further reaches of the side rows will take far longer to leave the theatre (up to 10 minutes) due to lack of exits.

Changes for the current production:
Seating on three sides of the stage.

Side row B is exceptional value. You may want to go a few seats off the outermost aisle anyway for the best viewing angle on both sides.

Central B and C are good value, plus A if legroom isn't any issue. You could save and go B or at the sides to be closer to the action, feels the monkey.

Outermost end seats are lowest price, with a rear view of the action, still decent value, feels the monkey.

Reader Comments:
"A1: "Young Marx" (October 2017). The layout is narrow and deep and very high. I didn't have trouble with legroom, but I'm short. No complaints about distance to the stage, only that the set obscured some of the action. The action onstage, that is. I instead got to worry about the safety of the tech on the ladder behind the set changing some of the dressing. They were quiet - I'll give them that."

"A25: "A Very Very Very Dark Matter" (October 2018), (Taljaard). Good seat could see everything with a little leaning forward."

"A56 and 57: "A Very Very Very Dark Matter" (October 2018). We bought these tickets early this year, after visiting the theatre for Julius Caesar - we were in the stalls standing area for that performance, so had no idea what the Gallery seating would be like but the limited reviews seemed favourable, being noted on that the seats were angled towards the stage and you didn't have to lean forward. Sadly not the case - we missed so much of the action which took place to the left of the stage and our row were swaying back and forth like waves to lean over briefly to see what was happening, then sitting back quickly to try not to obscure the view of the person next to us! The tickets should have been advertised as Restricted View, as knowing that, I would have considered paying for better seats as it was booked for a special occasion."

"A56: "Allelujah!" (July 2018), (Taljaard). Booked sometime ago so was a bit worried when I got an email the day before saying that due to the set it might be considered slightly restricted. It wasn't and with the seat being angled towards the stage one didn't even have to lean."

"B38: "Julius Caesar" (February 2018), (David Cantrell). I was up in the gods. This is a very good value seat for "normal" productions with the stage in front of the opposite wall. However, it's less than ideal for arena-style productions. There was one point where some effects were happening out of my field of view, almost directly beneath me. It didn't detract from my enjoyment but it's worth remembering. For future arena-style productions I will get seats on the lowest level and avoid the higher circles."

"B41: "Young Marx" (October 2017). That's pretty much bang in the middle facing straight at the stage. I'm 6'3" and, errm, a "larger gentleman", but found the seat to be nice and comfortable. Not too narrow, and plenty of legroom. My only slight gripe is that I couldn't quite see the top of the set on stage without bending down a bit because there was a ... thing, not sure what ... on the ceiling in the way. The view of the play itself was pretty much perfect though, and it looks as if you'll have a good view and be reasonably close to the stage no matter where you sit when it is in this configuration, even in the cheap seats, but the ceiling obstruction might matter in other productions. When they have a central stage with the audience on all four sides the view from this row may not be so good. I'll find out when I go to see Julius Caesar in a few months :-)"

"C43 and 44: "A German Life" (April 2019). The theatre itself is wonderful. With a bright spacious foyer and bar area, modern facilities and comfy seating this could easily be the best theatre I have visited. We sat in seats 43 and 44 row C in gallery 3. These were on the back row of the highest level and despite these been some of the cheapest tickets on offer the view was excellent. The seats were higher more like stools but were very comfortable with a bar your feet and a railing to lean on. Would definitely sit here again although most seats looked to offer a good view."

 

 

Notes
Total of around 900 seats.

Air-conditioned auditorium.

The foyer and bar offer tea, coffee, soft drinks and fresh baked items all day, with a small lunch menu from noon until 3.30pm. Reasonable prices on opening in 2017 included Cheese Twists £1.80, Egg Mayonnaise and Cress sandwiches for £6 and Smoked Mackerel, Potatoes and Dill at £8.90.

The theatre bar also offers drinks and a light bar menu from 1 hour before performance time until 1 hour after the final performance that day. Freshly-baked madeleines (a bite-sized light diamond-shaped orangey tasting fairy cake) can be ordered in advance for interval consumption. These are collected from the numbered shelves to the left of the foyer as you enter from the street.

Free water dispensers in the foyer to the left (from street entry) by the cloakroom, and in the stalls / Gallery 1 foyer dispense ice-cold, sparkling or room-temperature water.

For access requirements, bridgetheatre.co.uk/accessibility/ has full details. Signing up to the "Access List" allows users to book concessionary £25 rate tickets for themselves and a companion - look for the wheelchair symbol when booking. Headsets or "Neck Loops" (for those who have a "T" switch hearing aid system) or audio Ipads are available from the cloakroom on the left near the auditorium entrance as you enter the foyer. Alternatively, download the app and use your own equipment and headphones. Assistance dogs are welcome in the auditorium or can be cared for by staff. Free synopsis and cast lists are available for those booked into captioned performances. Large print and Braille cast sheets are available at all performances. Wheelchair hire is available.

1 lift between levels. Level access to 2 wheelchair places in circle 2, or lift to 2 wheelchair places in the stalls. 20 steps from foyer down to the stalls / balcony 1 entrance. Level access to balcony 2 from foyer for wheelchairs, via slope or 3 steps for everyone else. 12 steps from the foyer to balcony 3.

Free cloakroom for coats, bags and large items - on the left wall as you enter, near the auditorium entrance.

Three toilets, all Male / Female / Unisex accessible. Foyer 1 ladies with 11 cubicles (1 accessible), 1 gents 3 cubicles (1 accessible), 1 separate unisex baby-changing and access toilet. Stalls and balcony 1 waiting area: 1 ladies with 19 cubicles (1 accessible), 1 gents 3 cubicles (1 accessible).

Thanks to Pauline and her team for their invaluable help in compiling this information... and allowing the monkey to go boldly where no monkey has gone before...

 

A reader's experience in 2019:
"Easy to find, practically opposite the Tower of London on the south bank of the Thames. On entry, there is a large foyer with a reasonable amount of seating; even so, it does get busy before a performance. The auditorium gives the feeling of being spacious as you enter, yet the design means you also feel you are close to the stage, wherever you are sitting.

The theatre seems to have put a lot of thought into their design and ‘customer experience’. The ladies lavatories downstairs have a separate exit door which means you don’t have to awkwardly shuffle past the inevitable queue of people waiting. Having said that, the design of the loos themselves means that sinks and mirrors in the centre of the room block the view of some of the cubicles; it’s quite possible some cubicles will remain empty with people queuing as no-one spotted a previous occupant departing.

The pre-theatre experience was well organised – thought had even gone into the ticket printing at home, so your ticket could be folded into four with the map of the theatre on one quadrant, the bar code on another, and the title of the performance on another. An email the day before the show confirmed the start time, when doors opened, the running time, and whether or not there was an interval (and the inevitable promotion of their food and drink facilities). A text on the day itself included a link to my ticket as well. All in all, I think this will rapidly become one of my favourite theatres."
 

 

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Getting to this Theatre
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Nearest Underground Station Buses Car Park
Nearest Underground Station:
London Bridge - Northern Line (black), Jubilee Line (silver) and main line.

From the ticket barrier, follow signs for "Tooley Street," "City Hall" and "Tower Bridge," the theatre is around 10 minutes walk.

It's a gloomy start but this is the street:
Cross the road to the orange building ahead, Emblem House.

Cross Bridge Yard, Cotton Centre,

Pass Hay's Lane,

Cross Battle Bridge Lane,

Walk past More London Place,

Pass the Hilton's entrance,

 

Cross Morgan's Lane and Braidwood Street towards Tesco,

Cross Abbot's Lane,

Pass Fire Station Square and the Unicorn Theatre,

Cross Vine Lane,

Cross Weaver's Lane,

Turn into Potter's Field Park: IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO WALK THROUGH THE PARK, CLICK HERE FOR ANOTHER ROUTE.

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ALTERNATIVE ROUTE, AVOIDING POTTER'S FIELD PARK.

Walk past the park, and towards the orange hotel building ahead.

Cross the service road and pass the hotel.

Walk on, crossing 1 Tower Bridge - the gap with the posts, by the yellow building.

 

At the next set of posts and gap, turn left, into Duchess Walk, where the lady with read hair is walking (she won't be there, the barriers probably will be).

 

Walk right to the end - Tower Bridge is in the distance, and pass the Stage Door of the Bridge Theatre.

At the end of the street, turn left.

The Bridge Theatre is under the red sign, to your left.

 

 

Buses:
RV1, 47, 343 and 381 to Tooley Street, or 42, 78 and 188 to Druid Street. Both are 5 minutes walk from the theatre.

Taxi:
Those with access needs should be dropped at the end of Potters Field.

 

Car Park:
Tower Bridge. QPark operate this, and using code "BRIDGE20" provides a 20% discount if spaces are booked in advance.


 

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