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Vaudeville Theatre
The Strand
London, WC2R 0NH
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Opened: 01 Mar 2017
Booking from: 16 Jun 2017
Booking until: 17 Jun 2017
Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)
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  • aaronposton 28 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Stepping Out, 3rd June 2017
    I thought that this show was absolutely amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed it throughout. The way the stage is set up, with all minor details of a hall, enhances the performance and makes it all seem more realistic. I really enjoy the character developments and the stories that each individual characters move through. Although Amanda Holden wasn't in the play starring as Vera, her understudy Suzy Bloom was phenomenal and created several laughs in the audience. Tracy-Ann Oberman's character Maxine is hysterical and has some good one liners. As a whole, the show is absolutely amazing and very funny. I really enjoyed it and it's such a shame that it isn't on for a longer run.
    Sat in Stalls AZ4
    I could see the whole of the stage however I was unable to see the floor and struggled to see the bodies of actors onstage when they were performing if they were right at the back. Also, I struggled to see the feet whilst tap dancing.
    AZ4 Stalls - Vaudeville Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls AZ4
  • Charmainf 5ft 4" female 111 reviews 8 helpful votes
    40% total rating Stepping Out, 27th May 2017
    This show is set in 1980’s but was still rather dated and I found it disappointing. I wanted to see it as I love tap dancing. It was ok for a light hearted little show but I was glad I had purchased a cheap ticket. It had an am dram feel to it. I did laugh a lot but that was often because it was embarrassing rather than funny. I don’t usually see shows especially to see the ‘stars’ but I have to say I was very impressed with Amanda Holden who certainly has star quality. There were no programmes on sale, only a cast list. 1/3 of the theatre was empty with people trying to move seats in the interval. Judging by the standing ovation a lot of people obviously did enjoy the show but it wasn’t for me.
    The leg room was good and the seat was comfortable considering it is well worn. The view was restricted by the high stage and I had to look up most of the time. This was particularly an issue for this show where the focus is tap dancing as I could not see the feet. I guess this seat would be good for another show where the cast are not utilising the front of the stage. The stage was only a few feet away and I felt too close when the actors where right in front of me. Being at the end of the row meant I could get out quickly to the toilets. However, overall, a disappointing view for this show.
    AY10 Stalls - Vaudeville Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls AY10
  • fifilou 5"7 female 175 reviews 2 helpful votes
    80% total rating Stepping Out, 12th May 2017
    I loved this show! I went in with little to no expectations and to be honest all I knew was that it was based around a group of people attending a tap class. I was so surprised with how much I enjoyed this show. The performances by all where incredible. I laughed so much and felt that the fast pace kept the story moving along well! I began to really connect with each character and loved the different elements each one brought whilst also being able to see myself in a few of them too. The play is not too long and I would definitely recommend this show if you want a fun and heartwarming night out!
    This was an upgrade from the seat I purchased. This seat came with a fantastic view of the whole stage with no restrictions. The people in front caused to obstruction to the view either even when they leaned forward. The seats are comfortable but the legroom is limited (I struggled a little). The theatre is not huge so even being in the circle you don't feel a million miles a way. Not sure about the price normally but I would sit here again for the view!
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    View from Dress Circle F13
  • deltasbutterfly 5"4" female 25 reviews 1 helpful vote
    80% total rating Stepping Out, 2nd June 2017
    Not what I was expecting but I loved it, so funny!
    Sat in Stalls B4
    Great view could see all the stage had to look up a little but not massively, legroom not too bad.
    B4 Stalls - Vaudeville Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls B4
STEPPING OUT SEATING PLAN
As quite an intimate London theatre, the Vaudeville tends to give good views from the majority of the stalls, even in rows that are further towards the rear.

The Dress Circle also generally gives good views, but there are pillars in Rows F & K which can restrict some seats. As it does not have a safety rail, the front rows tend to have a clear sight line without having to lean. The Upper Circle is quite high, however good value for money seats can often be found in this section.
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STORY
Classic comedy Stepping Out has returned to the London stage in spring of 2017, in a new production directed by triple Olivier Award-winner Maria Friedman and featuring a star-studded cast, led by Amanda Holden.

This beautifully funny and delightfully heart-warming comedy is packed full of laughs and had toured the UK in preparation for its West End run at the Vaudeville Theatre.

Stepping Out follows the lives of seven women and one man who are trying to forget about their troubles in a weekly dance class. Despite all being amateurs and rather clumsy at first, they are all getting the hold of the very basics when they are invited to participate in a gala for charity.

Throughout the subsequent months we slowly discover more about the individuals in the group, their personal quirks and the stories they have to tell. Whether it’s the self-important Vera, fun-loving Sylvia, anxious Andy, loud-mouthed Maxine, enthusiastic Lynne, cheery Rosy or nervous Dorothy, they all spectacularly come together, with of course the dour Mrs Fraser at the piano, while they are all led by the always patient Mavis.

Amanda Holden stars in the lead role of Vera. Holden is one of Britain’s most loved stars of TV and Theatre, having been nominated for an Olivier Award for her leading role in Thoroughly Modern Milly as well as starring in a huge range of TV favourites including Wild at Heart, Kiss Me Kate and of course being a judge on Britain’s Got Talent.

She is joined by an all-star cast which includes Angela Griffin (Coronation Street, Waterloo Road & One Man, Two Governors) as Sylvia, Tracy-Ann Oberman (EastEnders, Edmond & Boeing-Boeing) as Maxine, Tamzin Outhwaite (EastEnders, How The Other Half Loves & Sweet Charity) as Mavis and Nicola Stephenson (Brookside, Holby City & War Horse) as Dorothy.

The production is directed by three-time Olivier Award-winner Maria Friedman, who made her acclaimed directorial debut in 2012 with her much loved revival of Merrily We Roll Along. Now she focuses her attention on Richard Harris’ classic play, which won the Evening Standard Comedy of the Year Award, when first produced in 1984, before being made into a film of the same name in 1991, featuring Julie Walters and Liza Minelli.

With its all-star cast and acclaimed director, Stepping Out is a beautiful heart-warming comedy not to be missed. The play began previews at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End on 1st March 2017, having had an official opening on 14th March 2017 with performances scheduled to run until 18th June 2017. With a star cast and a heart warming story, this show is one of the hottest tickets in town.
SUITABLE FOR
Stepping Out is a must-see for anyone who enjoys a heart-warming story while also having a good laugh on a night out to the theatre. Those who saw Maria Friedman’s Merrily We Roll Along will be able to expect similar wit and fun here. Coupled with a star-filled cast, what’s not to love? So make sure you get your ticket now.

Age Recommendations: May not be suitable for young children
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