Gala Theatre Durham
Gala Theatre Durham
4.5
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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  • Arrowmaker15
    Derby, United Kingdom75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well run theatre - definitely worth a visit!
    Came to see Seann Walsh perform. Fairly sized seats and at an angle that even those in the circle didn’t feel they had to lock their torso in place to stay in your seat. Friendly team greeting on arrival and guiding you to your seats. Bar seemed well stocked and at fair money. Seann was on good form and this obviously was the draw for coming to visit the Gala in the first place!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written November 3, 2023
  • mukhasben
    South Shields, United Kingdom3,593 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cinderella pantomime
    First time visiting the Gala with husband and youngest granddaughter. The venue we found difficult to find due to the problems if you don’t know Durham well as to where to park. Once found, impressed, modern, staff very helpful and seating comfortable (booster pads for children). Refreshments weren’t as badly priced as some places. No good if the show doesn’t live up to the venue! Cinderella did this brilliantly. Acted and sang brilliantly. The cast kept the audience of all ages involved throughout. Magic, lighting, sound and pyrotechnics excellent. Highlight, Fairy Godmother and Buttons for us.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written November 25, 2023
  • Julia-anne S
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very enjoyable
    Myself and my granddaughter thoroughly enjoyed this year's performance of Cinderella at the Gala. All of the actors did a fantastic job and the singing quality was excellent. Found it engaging throughout and it had very effective visual effects. We go every year to the Gala panto and last years performance of Sleeping Beauty was disappointing. However this year our faith in panto has been happily restored.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written December 11, 2023
  • Tim O
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Evita by Durham High School for girls - outstanding!
    Had the privilege of going to see Durham High School for girls performance of Evita last night (29/02/24). The cast were amazing, the musical score from the orchestra pit outstanding and not forgetting the unsung heroes involved in production, costumes etc which all came together to make it a fabulous night out. It's running until Saturday, so I advise you to grab some tickets (if there are any left).
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written February 29, 2024
  • jilll692
    212 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous show at the Gala
    Fabulous night at the Gala! Giovanni's show has great dancing, great songs, jokes and personality. I loved it! Great view from the seats (stalls). Very comfortable seating. Theatre has lots of eating/ drinking options around it. I've already booked to go back!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written March 3, 2024
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South Shields, UK44 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Went to see Jimeoin people herded in like cattle into the main seating area. Staff standing around not interested on what the punters where doing not a mask in sight with no social distancing. The gents toilets with 3 x urinals where a joke as leaving a trail of men huddled around waiting their turn. Bar area the same . With the spread of Covid this is totally unacceptable…shame on Durham council .
Written October 30, 2021
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Lynne1153
Edinburgh, UK1,043 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We visited here yesterday to watch Aladdin. Although it wasn't the best pantomime we've ever seen the venue was superb. Very comfy chairs, lots of leg room, really friendly staff and a good choice of drinks and staff. Would definitely go back to this theatre again!
Written January 6, 2020
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Kate K
61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
The seating upstairs in theatre is wonderful for children it’s really tiered so you can see wherever you sit (not front row as is a bar in way at just wrong height for some Children) however anywhere else you would be able to see over even the tallest of people. Fantastic.
It does amaze me however how many people were up and down during such a short performance, they must had spent most of it in the loo. Some people did leave such a mess as well of popcorn all over very inconsiderate. Loved the little leaflet given out for the Pinnochio ballet as this helped the children to understand what would be happening before it started.
Written April 23, 2022
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Paul B
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
In all honesty, I've never been so disappointed. The manager showed no compassion with the circumstances that I tried to explain. She was rude and dismissive of the fact that I am disabled. I had requested to eat inside (granted the food was bought elsewhere) because the weather was intemperate and we had limited time before the showing we had booked to see. A little Christmas spirit would have been appreciated but, alas, she refused to offer us any leniency.

I've always supported the theatre/cinema in the past but her refusal to allow a couple of people to eat indoors, even though the explanation was clear, has made me reconsider ever going there again. Bah, humbug to you too.
Written December 17, 2023
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Julia-anne S
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Myself and my granddaughter thoroughly enjoyed this year's performance of Cinderella at the Gala. All of the actors did a fantastic job and the singing quality was excellent. Found it engaging throughout and it had very effective visual effects.
We go every year to the Gala panto and last years performance of Sleeping Beauty was disappointing. However this year our faith in panto has been happily restored.
Written December 11, 2023
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Marion Robson
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Wonderful pantomime visit as a volunteer with local primary school. We had front seats to enjoy the slick, atmospheric ans well acted performance of Sleeping Beauty with a modern twist . The children were entirely captivated and interacted with the action on stage, particularly with the fabulous 'dog' Sammy who created a special rapport with the youngsters which was a joy to behold!

As a very mature adult myself I could enter into the magic created on stage .

Congratulations to all the cast on a fantastic performance: the best yet in my opinion.
Written December 11, 2022
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Hilary N
Sunderland, UK17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
Took my two small granddaughters to see the Nutcracker performance and they thoroughly enjoyed it. Totally appropriate for their age and they enjoyed the close interaction between the cast and themselves. Great little show.
Written January 7, 2022
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mukhasben
South Shields, UK3,593 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
First time visiting the Gala with husband and youngest granddaughter. The venue we found difficult to find due to the problems if you don’t know Durham well as to where to park. Once found, impressed, modern, staff very helpful and seating comfortable (booster pads for children).
Refreshments weren’t as badly priced as some places. No good if the show doesn’t live up to the venue! Cinderella did this brilliantly. Acted and sang brilliantly. The cast kept the audience of all ages involved throughout. Magic, lighting, sound and pyrotechnics excellent. Highlight, Fairy Godmother and Buttons for us.
Written November 25, 2023
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Tim O
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Had the privilege of going to see Durham High School for girls performance of Evita last night (29/02/24). The cast were amazing, the musical score from the orchestra pit outstanding and not forgetting the unsung heroes involved in production, costumes etc which all came together to make it a fabulous night out. It's running until Saturday, so I advise you to grab some tickets (if there are any left).
Written March 1, 2024
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Arrowmaker15
Derby, UK75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Came to see Seann Walsh perform. Fairly sized seats and at an angle that even those in the circle didn’t feel they had to lock their torso in place to stay in your seat.

Friendly team greeting on arrival and guiding you to your seats.

Bar seemed well stocked and at fair money.

Seann was on good form and this obviously was the draw for coming to visit the Gala in the first place!
Written November 3, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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