19-21 November 2015
Reviewed by Donna Monaghan
I attended the performance of Miracle on 34th Street in the King’s Theatre Glasgow, on Thursday 19th November.
The theatre is situated on the outskirts of the City Centre. Parking is available on the streets surrounding the location and there are also several multi storey car park facilities available within walking distance. There are also several nice bars and restaurants in the vicinity if you are looking for some pre-show food or drinks.
The theatre itself is grand and offers a comfortable and clean setting. There are several bars and confectionery stands situated throughout the various levels of the theatre. The ambience was fantastic as was the atmosphere throughout the show. Seating, which was in the Grand Circle, offered plenty of space and I was comfortable during the whole performance. The view was fantastic.
There were several staff available upon entering the venue offering assistance, to those who required it and directing people to their seats. The staff were polite and helpful.
Miracle on 34th Street is about a young girl, Susan, and her mother, Doris, who don’t believe in Santa Claus. Doris is responsible for hiring Santa Claus (Kris Kringle) for Macy’s in New York each year and by coincidence stumbles across the real Santa Claus for the position. Susan makes a new friend in “Uncle Fred” and he proceeds to turn Susan into a little girl who does believe in Santa Claus, much to Doris’ dismay. As the show progresses Kris, Uncle Fred and Susan build a lovely friendship. Santa Claus is working well, helping Macy achieve record profits, until he is reviewed by the store’s nasty psychologist who deems he should be dismissed and falsely claims that Santa Claus assaulted him when he delivered this nasty message. Santa is sent to hospital and loses faith in himself when he discovers people don’t believe he is the real Santa Claus. His faith is soon restored when Fred agrees to represent him after Doris has fought for Santa’s “day in court”. Fred, Doris and Susan believe – why shouldn’t everyone else?! Together they convince the courtroom that Santa Claus does exist! For Christmas, Susan asked Santa Claus to gift her with a Daddy, a house and a baby brother. Towards the end of the show we see Fred and Doris get engaged and Susan’s first Christmas gift is delivered!! I’m sure the rest will follow!
The show itself was amazing. The performance of the actors – fantastic! The singing was great, particularly the sing along at the end of the performance which all of the audience enjoyed. This along with the fake snow really made the show for younger members of the audience! The stage setting was very good and very well organised. The audience was made up of all ages and Miracle on 34th Street was suitable for all.
Overall I was extremely pleased with the venue and enjoyed the performance. I would definitely go and see the show again and I’ll definitely be back to see other performances at the venue.
Tickets cost from £21.65 to £33.65 (plus £2.85 transaction).
Miracle on 34th Street is at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow until 21 November 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7648.
King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN | 0844 871 7648