Palace Theatre
Palace Theatre
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Princesstinks123
Castleford, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
We visited the theatre to see school of rock, unfortunately we only got to see the first half as a member of our party took sick. The staff were incredible providing first aid and giving us privacy in a room of our own. They provided water and never left our side right up to exiting the theatre. We cannot thank them enough.
Written 8 January 2022
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Simon C
Leeds, UK19 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Appalling venue.
Carpets are Filthy and your feet stick to them.
Refreshments prices are horrendous and the toilets with 1 cubicle (no urinals) were also pathetic.
The worst thing however was the seating inside. It says limited legroom. If you are above 4ft in height you are totally screwed. The most uncomfortable, expensive awful venue I've ever had the misfortune to go to.
The heat inside the venue was beyond stiffling. I will never go back to this dump and advise anyone reading this to not go.
Charlie and the chocolate factory was ok but ridiculously extortionate for an overly average performance.
Written 14 August 2023
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Christopher S
Nashua, NH17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We had the pleasure of going to see the musical 42nd Street at the Palace Theater in Manchester NH last week and it was a fantastic show. The audience all had an enjoyable evening. The theater is relatively small, so every seat in the house offers close up viewing. The choreography and singing were first rate. There are plenty of excellent restaurants in the area so go early and have dinner first.
Written 17 June 2024
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jgarland2019
Concord, NH10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
First time seeing this group live, purchased tickets, attended with my service dog. Staff was extremely accommodating to ensure the dog was comfortable and if he needed to leave he had easy access for us to do so. He was perfect, not affected by lights, noise or the crowd. The show was a must see, they truly as all Chaos & Kindness.
Written 8 January 2020
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Linda D
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Went to see Dickens’ Christmas Carol at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH. It was a sold out show and was extremely well done. I was impressed by the acoustics, and the set design and acting were well done. We sat in the second to last row in the center balcony. Had I known better, we would have purchased seats in the last row of the balcony; the last row has more leg room than any of the other rows in the balcony. I’m 5’8” and my son who also came along is 6’1”. They did not make the rows deep enough for anyone over 5’5” when the balcony was renovated some years ago. Both my son and I had to sit with our knees spread apart with one on each side of the seat in front of us and it was still very uncomfortable! Absolutely no leg room for normal sized adults! We couldn’t wait till intermission so we could stand up and stretch our legs. Next time we will sit in the last row of the balcony or somewhere in the orchestra seats.
Written 23 December 2023
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NancyFNashua
Nashua, NH43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
Mama Mia February 29 2020. The cast and production were better at the Palace then in NYC. Strong voices, good choreography and musicians. Day 2 and not much can be improved. Go see it!
Written 29 February 2020
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DollyTraveler
Merrimack, NH24 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
We recently attended a performance here and while the show was good the seating almost killed us. My husband is tall (6'5") but I am only 5'5" and I was twisted up like a pretzel in my seat. We almost had to leave at intermission because my poor husband was actually in pain from the cramped leg room. It wouldn't matter how special the performance may be, we will never return here until they improve the seating. I am sorry to have too say this but I only feel it fair to warn people before they pay $100.00 or more for tickets. The seats in this theatre are UNCOMFORTABLE.
Written 24 January 2018
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James F
Portland, ME496 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
I came here recently for my first time with a close friend and her son, who live N.H. and have been here before. The Palace Theater is currently celebrating its 100th year anniversary. It is the only remaining grand theater here, of 22 theaters which stood on Manchester's "The Great White Way." It was fashioned after its larger cousin, The Palace Theater in NYC, and was completed in 1915 under the leadership of entrepreneur Victor Charas. It currently seats just under 900 patrons on two levels, and has been beautifully yet tastefully restored and reconstructed- hosting local, national and international artists and professional theater.

Boublil, Schonberg and Victor Hugo's multi-award winning 1980 (in French)/1985 (in English) musical "Les Miserables" opened here for this run on May 1 and continues through May 17, 2015. This was the third live theater production of the play which I've attended, having seen it in the late 1980's at the Wang Center in Boston, and more recently at North Shore Music Theater in Beverly, Mass. It is perhaps my favorite musical of all time and both prior performances were exceptional, so my expectations were admittedly very high.

This production of Les Miserables did not disappoint. A live pit orchestra performed the musical score beautifully, and technically (lighting, sound, costuming, sets, and stage direction) were all superb. Twenty-six actors, some of Equity stature, performed multiple roles in this nearly 3-hour long play with robust energy, exactness and perfection.... with very good choreography- entering and exiting the multi-level set with seamless timing and professionalism. There was not a weak voice among them: the only criticism I could find was that of the actresses who portrayed both little Cosette (Sophia Stanganelli) and older Cosette (MaryJoanna Grisso). While portraying the proper characterization of a traumatized youngster, Stanganelli did not seem to be in best voice in this performance. Grisso did not seem to annunciate so well; some of her words getting lost within her lovely soprano, lyrical voice. Of particular note were exceptionally strong performances by Andrew Foote (Jean Val Jean), Megan Quinn (Madame Thernardier), Laura Stracko Franks (Fantine), Laurie Elizabeth Gardner (Eponine), Kyle Szen (Enjolras), Jared Troilo (Marius) and Ryan Christopher Dever (Gavroche)- though everyone in the cast was excellent.

At ticket prices ranging from $15.00 to $45.00 ... (we sat in 7th row orchestra, center)... this show was a steal. I am not one to normally become emotional during a play nor am I one to gratuitously give a standing ovation 'just because.' In this production, however, it was tough holding back tears and not being consumed in emotion. And I was one of the first to stand in applause at the finale of the show. Noted missing during curtain call were both young actresses portraying Cosette and Eponine, (Stanganelli and Twitchell)- which seemed odd.

I would highly recommend this show to anyone who can get there before the run closes on May 17... if you can even get a seat. My friend who treated me to this performance, and her son, were equally as moved and impressed as I was. I will look forward to returning to the Palace Theater another time, hopefully soon.
Written 7 May 2015
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Keeneg
Keene, NH42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018
The theater was excellant. The seats were comfortable and great view of the stage. It was comfortable not to hot just right. The staff was friendly and helpful finding out seat.
Written 16 September 2018
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Maureen G
Blackburn, UK12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Was really looking forward to seeing "The Jersey Boys". This will be the 3rd time we have seen this show, having previously watched it in London and Vegas. Pre theatre we had a lovely meal in the Kitchenette, across the road were we had 1 bottle of wine between the 4 of us.
However, when we arrived at the theatre, we took a few photos in the foyer then proceeded up the stairs to the Circle. My sister, who is partially sighted, missed a step and we all giggled at this mishap.
We waited at the top of the stairs while 2 of our party went to pay a visit, (to the loo). Whilst the other 2 waited, checking our Phones, we were accosted by a member of staff, wagging her finger at us. She said in a loud voice, " you were observed coming into the theatre, you have obviously had a few drinks, and I hope your not going to spoil the show for other people.
This member of staff was completely unprofessional, people were staring at us, she asked what our seat numbers were so they could observe our behaviour.....
These actions completely ruined our evening. Other people, close by we're making lots of noise and drinking, but nothing was said to them. We complained to management, who's only reply was, "yes we know all about you"????
Was also told that the person who accosted us was called CAROL...
Been to Palace Theatre many times, but will defiantly think twice before we return again. If ever....
HO A WHAT NIGHT............
Written 4 October 2014
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