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A great mix of the old and new with a welcoming foyer/lobby area, lovely café and shop! Lots of local information and also houses the Tourist Info office etc. Links through to the lovely Cambridge Arc... more »
A pleasant place for whiling away a short time and it's free! Get bus timetables here and you may even see an exhibition of one sort or another. more »
This place is worth a an hour or three, there's plenty to read and the exhibits which are very interesting plus they change the the theme every now and then more »
I think that the way paying customers are treated is disgusting. A number of people have told about this problem but I didn`t really understand until I went to the box office to book 3 tickets in advance for the upcoming Martin Turner concert. As my wife is disabled I bought tickets on the B row. 1 month later I received a phone message that they are changing the seating arrangement to "first come first served" I called to complain saying that the tickets I paid for were at the front and that it`s not practical for my wife in a wheelchair to get through what they call a "pub-like setting" I said that I just want what I have already paid for which was seating at the front on B row. At this the person on the phone said in a gruff manner; "Well you can always get your money back" I don`t know if they can legally treat us this way or even if this is morally right, all the same I will never again buy tickets for my family from The Atkinson. P.S. I had to give it 1 star because it won`t let you post a zero. That policy stinks too.
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.
Really nice space now it has been refurbished
Loads to do! Excellent museum all about the local coast. Fantastic art exhibitions including Lowry and current one on loan from the V&A London. Brill music, comedians and some of the very best in family theatre around.
We visited the Atkinson to see Fairport Convention on their winter tour 2013/14, so didn't see all of the contents. The entrance/foyer is beautiful and welcoming with statuary and paintings, yet a very modern feel to it. My first impressions were of a wonderfully clean art gallery - a good impression as I am an ex art teacher. All staff were superb - welcoming and knowledgeable and the signage made it easy for us to find our way about even on a first visit. For this sort of event, the bar proved to be too small, but I would imagine that it is perfectly adequate for the rest of the time. I was a little surprised to find the local ale (Sandgrounder) costing £3.60 a pint, but that probably compares favourably with other music venues in the north west. The auditorium was perfect for the band; large enough to accommodate those who could get there but still sufficiently intimate for musicians who love to connect with their audience.
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