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The Atkinson, Southport

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  • August 21, 2017
    We were showing friends the sights of Southport when we discovered there was an exhibition of golfing fashion and golf cartoons (the Open had taken place at Royal Birkdale in July). As our friends are...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Very modern interior contrasting the old exterior... The library contains a good collection of books and recently released DVDs. The crime genre is particularly well stocked! The upper floors contain ...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    Our first visit here with my children and we all loved it. My children especially enjoyed the Egyptian exhibition. They also have regularly activities for families, the bubbles outside the museum were...  more »
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  • I first became away of The Atkinson shortly after the refurbishment. So far I have seen three theatre productions and two concerts in the main auditorium, and been to four concerts held in 'The Bakery', as well as sampled food at 'The Bakery'! Some of the review comments below simply do not represent my experience at this superb venue. Ticket prices are keen, and much lower than those in Manchester (for similar performances) staff have always been more than friendly, and the theatre has always been most top notch (Dracula, Frankenstein, both absolutely excellent) The small scale jazz concerts offer exceptional value, I can't think of a cheaper venue in the entire northwest. And more than anything the venue does it's best to support local arts and artists. It's a large venue, and it deserves your full support.
  • Stopped here for a coffee and a slice of cake. The coffee was burnt and the cake (red velvet) a bit sickly. However it has a nice atmosphere, the staff are friendly and the prices are reasonable. So nice for a quick stop if you're not too fussy about the quality of food/drink
  • Been here several times with my Wife and children for drinks, museum tours and plays. Love it here.
  • This used to be a very good theater with very good performances but (in my opinion) towards the end of 2016 the standards started to decline and the performances were not only flawed with technical difficulties but the standard of performances dropped well below that of an amateur theater. I suddenly found myself walking out of a show mid performance which is a first for me. Sadly with this theater there is no customer service as they say that everyone has their own personal opinion and that not everyone will like what they go to see. I do not accept this as even a poorly written script can be well acted by the right person. Sadly this theater has lost the plot as far as staging good shows is concerned. If you live local and can get a cheap concessionary ticket then you do not have much to lose, but if you are like me and have to travel and book a hotel and pay to park then the standard of performance just is not worth all of the expense as you will not be refunded or given any free tickets for a future show, should you dislike the show that you have been to see. There are two bad things about this theater, the first being that there is no customer services manager to deal fairly with complaints and second is that the shows that are being selected fail (in my opinion) to entertain people. There is one good advantage being that on a Saturday night you can more or less sit anywhere that you like as there are so many empty seats to choose from which I suppose goes a long way to reinforce what I am saying about the decline of this once very popular theater. The good reviews are either based on the museum and art gallery or are based upon the very occasional good show. I would like to see more people posting honest reviews about all of the bad shows that they have seen here so that someone will get a wake up call and do something about the situation before it is too late. This theater reminds me of RMS Titanic is looks grand but it is slowly starting to sink and what I am writing here is just the tip of the iceberg of what is about to come.
  • beautiful building with great staff. definitely recommend.

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