23 October 2014
Reviewed by Tracey Flintham
The Grand Opera House in York is easily accessible with bus stops and parking close by. We parked in the Castle carpark which was just a couple of minutes’ walk away from the theatre and the parking is £2 for unlimited evening parking, which can be paid by coins or card payment.
I arrived to pick up my tickets at the box office, there was some confusion but the lady in the box office dealt with it in a professional manner and quickly printed some more tickets for me.
The theatre is in a good condition and clean throughout the building. There was a good sized bar area selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and there were further bars and refreshment areas in different parts of the theatre. There are a number of different toilet facilities and some are a little run down and others appear to have been refurbished recently but the ladies in particular had large queues during the interval.
My tickets were in the dress circle and there were of plenty of signs to direct me to the right area and I found my seats in row C, which had a great view of the stage. The performance started a little after 7.30pm with Steve Steinman rocking onto the stage as Baron Von Rockula singing Welcome to the Jungle. Steve Steinman has a fantastic rock voice and continued singing a couple more songs before introducing us to Bosley. The Baron and Bosley are on the search for a new bride for the Baron and Pandora arrives hoping for a singing position in the Baron’s club.
There is great banter between Baron Von Rockula and Bosley and they engage well with members of the audience who are interacting with them.
The second half of the show starts with a short daring acrobatic display and some pyrotechnics. There are many songs packed into this section including great rock hits like ‘Sweet child of mine’, ‘I love rock and roll’ before finishing with ‘Bat out of hell’. The audience were all on their feet and the atmosphere was amazing.
Although there isn’t much of a storyline, this show is all about the rock music and the band and cast are fantastic at what they do. There was plenty of adult humour and double entendres although it could be a little cheesy at times.
All in all I had an enjoyable evening and I would consider going to watch Vampires Rock when they come to York again.
Vampires Rock is currently touring the UK. For more information, tour dates and venues visit www.vampiresrock.com.
Grand Opera House York, Clifford and Cumberland Street, York, YO1 9SW | 0844 8713024