7 November 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.
We located the box office and collected our tickets easily and were given brief directions to where we were sitting. As we passed through the bar area, there was a stall selling a lot of different Elvis merchandise ranging from £4 upwards.
The theatre doesn’t look too impressive from the outside but once inside it has lots of characteristics and features you expect from an old theatre. The theatre has been kept in a good condition and very 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. The staff are all very friendly and helpful and when I stopped to buy a bottle of water on my way to the dress circle, the young man asked if I knew where I was going and did I need any further help.
We took our seats in row C of the dress circle which were very comfortable and with a lot of leg room and a good view of the stage. The performance started just after 7.30pm with the backing band, ‘The Sweet Inspirations’ singing 2 hits before Elvis came onto the stage. Gordon Hendricks is amazing as Elvis, he has got his looks and mannerisms perfected. He even wears a copy of the jumpsuit worn by Elvis during the original broadcast. He then explains that the show is to be a replica of the original broadcast of ‘Aloha from Hawaii’, which was broadcast to over 1 billion people around the world. The band and backing singing were excellent and there was a great variety of music from ballads such as “Can’t help falling in love” to the rock and roll hits such as “Johnny B. Goode”. The original broadcast was only 1 hour long and as the show was over 2 hours there was plenty of additional hits as well.
Although I wasn’t born until after Elvis had died, I have grown up knowing lots of Elvis’s hits and the show contained lots of songs and had the audience singing and clapping along. I don’t think you’d particularly have to be a fan of Elvis to enjoy the show and the 2 hours passed very quickly.
Overall this was a very enjoyable evening out and would appeal to anybody, whether an older Elvis fan, slightly younger people who never had the opportunity to see Elvis perform or even those younger ones who have never heard Elvis’s music before, a chance to really experience the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll”!!!
Grand Opera House York, Clifford and Cumberland Street, York, YO1 9SW | 0844 8713024