29 May 2016
Reviewed by Jayne Wiggins
As always, we were very happy with the parking in the ‘cultural sector’ of Northampton. The multi storey beside the theatre is a well-lit car park with a low parking charge of £1 after 6pm. The theatre is an architectural gem during the light when the interior can be seen against the backdrop of the sun shining through the windows. It is a large venue with multiple entrances and a feeling of space and openness when we entered the building. I was very happy with the bar service at this show, served very quickly by polite staff. The toilets were clean and tidy with no queues.
This time we had a change of plan and took our 10 year old son to see this show. We had good seats though from experience, all of the seats in this theatre, offer spectacular views of the stage. Our son in particular was extremely happy with the tiered system which allowed him to see every member of the show on stage. We were close enough to see the disabled access and wheel chair seating where there was plenty of room.
The show itself was a spectacular experience! Nothing like we have ever seen before! The four large drum kits were set at differing heights, giving an ethereal touch to these majestic instruments. The volume of 4 sets of drums and a big band experience should have been an assault on the eardrums, but the focus was on the performance, the speed of arm movement and the sheer drama of this spectacular show – to such an extent that the sound was almost irrelevant. The American drummer played with such speed that it was almost super human!
As always, a 5 out of 5 for venue and parking, but a huge 5 out of 5 for the most spectacular show we have seen this year.
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Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP | 01604 624811