New Victoria Theatre Woking
Outside of London, New Victoria Theatre in Woking is one of the largest theatres in the country. Not only is the theatre teeming with some of the best shows, it is a complex that also includes the Rhoda McGaw Theatre.
The History of the Theatre
Owned by Ambassador Theatre Group, the New Victoria Theatre was first opened in 1992. The theatre quickly rose to fame with some of the best shows in the country being premiered at the theatre. Now, the theatre is one of the most respected in all of South East England.
Some of the big name productions that have taken place here are:
- Northern Ballet
- Productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company
- West Side Story
The theatre not only has the latest in acoustics and technology, it was made to be ultra-spacious. This allows patrons to have the utmost in comfort during the show and never feel cramped.
The Current State
The theatre has been active since 1992 without any interruptions. The theatre is divided into two actual entities. The main theatre is what people mostly visit. This theatre seats 1,300 people and is meant for bigger, more popular productions.
Seating is broken down into the typical three tier setup. These tiers are as follows:
- Stalls (the best seats)
- Royal Circle
- Upper Circle
Seating is available for the disabled on both the first and second tier. There is also the possibility of the first three rows found within the Stalls section to be completely removed if the orchestra needs more space to perform.
There are a plethora of accessibility options available for the disabled. The current amenities seen are:
- A Lift for the stalls and royal circle section.
- Nine wheelchair spaces available in the royal circle.
- One wheelchair space in the stalls section.
- Induction loop necklace for better audio. Simply change the necklace’s volume and it will sync with hearing aids set to the “T” setting.
- Headsets are available. These are meant for viewers that have slight hearing issues.
- Guide dogs are welcome to the show.
- There are toilets on all levels of the theatre that can accommodate disabled users.
Visitors that have any concerns pertaining to wheelchair access or disability assistance can call prior to the show to ensure that they will be accommodated. The theatre does their utmost to ensure that every visitor has a fantastic time.
Guests will want to ensure that they are always on time for shows. There is a late policy in place that will not allow guests to enter the theatre if they are late for a show even if they have already purchased a ticket. As a general rule of thumb, you will want to arrive as early as possible.
For your convenience, there are three separate bars within the theatre where guests can buy drinks and relax before a show begins.
Guests will be happy to know that there is a 2,500 car parking lot that will ensure you have a place to park your auto if you drive to the show. There are also a variety of other methods to get to the show which will be presented in the next section.
Rhoda McGaw Theatre
New Victoria Theatre Woking is also in the complex of the Rhoda McGaw Theatre and a six screen cinema. Rhoda McGaw has seating for small shows with maximum capacities being just 230 people. The cinema complex has room for 80 – 400 seats.
Directions to the Theatre
There are numerous modes of transportation that will allow you to arrive at the theatre with ease. These transportation methods include:
Follow signs for Woking. The theatre is in the centre of town and can be reached from M25, M3 and the A3. There is Peacocks Centre where all guests will be able to park and walk to the theatre.
Public transportation is a great way to reach the theatre. Guests can take the train from all surrounding areas right to the Woking BR. From here, it is just a brisk walk to the theatre.
The theatre features shows ranging from To Kill a Mockingbird to The Johnny Cash Roadshow. Shows play virtually every night with comedy, plays, musicals and concerts taking place within the theatre. The average capacity rating is 80 percent, and guests will want to book their tickets as early as possible to ensure that they get a good seat.
Disabled guests will want to call the venue prior to booking to ensure that they have the space needed for a wheelchair. Since there is a limited number of handicap seats, it is always best to try and book early.
Groups that plan to travel to the venue will want to inquire about the immense benefits of booking together. Large discounts, no deposits and even tickets posted to your door are available.
You can find the address here, get contact details here and take a look at the seating plan here.