Reviewed by Louise Totton
As a huge fan (bordering on obsession!) with The Great British Bake Off, I was absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to see master baker (and granny’s heartthrob to boot) Paul Hollywood’s live show British Baking Live.
We were lucky enough to have super seats, towards the front of the stalls, but it soon became apparent that almost anywhere in the theatre would have been fine, there was a large screen above Paul so all of the audience could see everything that he was doing.
From seeing Paul on a number of the television programmes he has made recently, we knew that the show would be funny and chatty as well as being baking focused, and he definitely didn’t disappoint in this regard. Two hours of solid baking demos might have been a little boring, but he talked about Bake Off, Mary Berry and his own life and interests which really brought the show alive.
Paul demonstrated 4 recipes, two of which I am now very keen try at home. It really was amazing watching someone so skilled at something practise their craft right in front of you, and this was no exception. Everything he made turned out perfectly, and watching him create the different plaits in his breads was just incredible.
The interaction with the audience was excellent, and really was the icing on the cake of a fantastic show. The audience did seem to be full of mainly 45+ women who are probably the core of his fan base. There was wolf whistling and some innuendo from the audience, which Paul seemed to thoroughly enjoy, and I think everyone in the theatre had a smile on their face for most of the show.
He welcomed questions and comments from the audience, and a number of lucky ladies were invited onto the stage to complete baking challenges with him.
St George’s Hall was excellent, as it always is. We use this theatre regularly and it is always a pleasure to be there. It is very easy to find and well signposted from the M606, and a large multi-storey car park is located just across the road. It is a small and intimate type venue, but I really like this and find it always makes for a great atmosphere.
A top evening, really enjoyable and interactive. Someone with just a mild interest in cakes would enjoy this as much as a hard core baking fan.
I would love to see this again, and would recommend it wholeheartedly.
For more information and tour dates visit paulhollywood.com.
St George’s Hall. Bridge St, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 1JT | Box Office 01274 432000