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Garrick Theatre
Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0HH
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SHOW TIMES
Opened: 01 Mar 2017
Booking from: 02 Jun 2017
Booking until: 03 Jun 2017
Duration: 2 hours 35 mins (including interval)
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  • kierahyde 2 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Miser, 3rd June 2017
    The show was amazing and great comedy factor. Watched the last performance and have to say the way they handled things was great. When they got lines wrong they shook it off and made it into a joke, which made it even more hilarious. Was more audience interaction in this than there is at a panto! Mostly first few rows/Stalls but they do make a lot of comments up to the Dress and Grand Circle also.
    I could see all of the stage although did prefer to lean forward as it gave a better view of the front and that helped as there was lots of audience interaction. Right on the end so great access to the door to get to the bar for the interval. Comfort was great and no bar on the grand circle so could lean forward with no awkwardness. I think the fact that the theatre is small gives it a more intimate feel and although you may have to lean a tad to see a few bits, it's definitely worth it for £20 odd pounds a seat!
    A19 Grand Circle - Garrick Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Grand Circle A19
  • tessrobs 152cm female 12 reviews 1 helpful vote
    80% total rating The Miser, 30th March 2017
    An enjoyable comedy - Lee Mack stole the show completely and I would recommend this show in order to see him specifically. The rest of the cast weren't particularly mentionable with some of the comedy seeming amateurish. Mack makes this show worth seeing and if you're up for something light-hearted and easy-going this is the show for you.
    These seats do have a restricted view with no view of up or mid-stage right. However, view of the rest of the stage is totally fine with no issues of overhang from the balcony. Leg room is limited and the seats are on the small side.
    C28 Dress Circle - Garrick Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Dress Circle C28
  • gmr 180 male 90 reviews 1 helpful vote
    80% total rating The Miser, 4th March 2017
    Sat in Stalls AA6
    On this seat, you're basically part of the action! AA6 was located in the centre front row & being so close to the actors is truly rewarding (especially in this production). However, even for tall people like me (I'm 6ft), you have to crane your neck to get the most out of it. You're very close to the stage so legroom is limited, would recommend to check in any bags and jackets.
    AA6 Stalls - Garrick Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls AA6
  • joc78 5"4 female 165 reviews 2 helpful votes
    60% total rating The Miser, 10th March 2017
    The Miser is what I would class as a second rate adult pantomime. It’s completely over the top and farcical so if you like that type of humour then it’s right up your street! I thought Lee Mack surprisingly was very good though the times he wasn’t saying anything, he did look slightly uncomfortable. Good performances from Griff Rhys Jones, Matthew Horne and Andi Osho but it was just a bit too over the top for me. Be prepared – if you are in the front row for this production, there is lots of audience participation!
    This is a good seat situated in the front row of the Garrick Theatre to the left hand side of the stage. You do have to look up slightly but it’s not so bad that it hurts your neck. The seat is very comfortable, there is ample leg room for your to stretch your legs and is great value for money considering how close you are to the stage.
    AA11 Stalls - Garrick Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls AA11
THE MISER SEATING PLAN
The stalls in the Garrick Theatre are a large area, with rows at the back feeling very distant, and rows M to X especially having little leg room and are affected by the overhand of the Circle. The best seats in the Garrick Theatre are in rows AA-L, with discounted seats at the front generally being preferable to those at the rear. There are also pillars located in the middle of Rows S and N, so beware if you are sitting behind these. Generally sitting nearer the front and centre will give you a better view.

The Circle is curved, meaning seats to the very side give you a more side on view, however they can feel very close to the stage so can be preferable to the rear of the stalls. There is no safety rail meaning less views are restricted than most circles, however there are two support pillars, but they tend to restrict views, only legroom in some seats.

Although the Grand Circle does not feel too far away from the stage, the layout is very curved meaning seats at the edges do have a very side on view.
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STORY
Following sell out success adapting and directing The Painkiller Sean Foley’s new version of the classic comedy The Miser by Moliere opened in March 2017 at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End, under producer Mark Goucher.

The Miser stars much loved British comedy actor Griff Rhys-Jones in the lead role, marking his first return to the West End stage in five years.

Many will know Griff Rhys-Jones from his long running comedy partnership with Mel Smith, during which time the two starred in such BBC TV comedy favourites as Not the Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones, as well as the film Morons From Outer Space. Much of Griff Rhys-Jones’ most recent work has been in documentaries and TV presenting, with shows such as Three Men in a Boat with fellow comedians Dara O’Brien and Rory McGrath.

It is Griff Rhys-Jones’ stage work for which he is most renowned however, winning two Olivier Awards for his performances as the title roles in Charley’s Aunt in 1984 and An Absolute Turkey in 1994. With his last West End role being in Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Oliver! between 2009 and 2011.

He was joined by the BAFTA winning comedian, Lee Mack, who made his West End debut. Best known for television and stand-up work, Mack is widely recognised as one of the country’s favourite comedians and has won a huge range of awards, as well as being the writer and star of hit BBC One comedy Not Going Out as well as being a regular on many TV panel shows.

The Miser was first produced by Moliere under the protection of Louis XIV in 1668 and follows a man called Harpagon, who is obsessed with wealth and stringy with expenses. Despite being a widower over sixty, with a son (Cleante) and a daughter (Elise), he attempts to arrange a marriage between himself and an attractive young woman named Mariane, who is already in love with his son. Meanwhile his daughter is entwined with a man called Valere, who has taken a job as a steward in their household, despite Harpagon wishing her to marry the wealthy gentleman Seigneur Anselman.

With a fast moving and complex plot, and a hilarious blend of satire and farce, Moliere’s work is in very fitting hands being adapted by Sean Foley. Foley has previously won Olivier awards in both entertainment and comedy with his 1999 play Do You Dome Here Often as well as the 2002 play The Play What I Wrote. He has also received a range of other nominations, in particular for his 2012 revival of The Ladykillers which drew great praise from audiences and critics alike.

This collaboration with producer Mark Goucher, is the first time that the pair had worked together since their hugely successful production of Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, which saw great success both in London’s West End and on tour, and is currently under option for a Broadway season.

The Miser opened at The Garrick Theatre in London’s West End, with performances having began on Wednesday 1st March 2017 and running through to Saturday 10th June.
SUITABLE FOR
The Miser is perfect for fans of classic humour given a contemporary twist, such as with recent productions of Shakespeare’s comedies.

Fans of Sean Foley’s previous works such as The Ladykillers, The Play What I Wrote and the recent version of The Painkiller at The Garrick Theatre, should not miss this opportunity to see one of the West End’s most prolific comedy directors put his hand to this Moliere classic. With Foley’s The Dresser also running just previous to this, fans of either work are also likely to find enjoyment in the alternative.

Age Recommendations: Not recommended for young children
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