Given that it gets £800K local subsidy a year and is in a technically state of the art building with everything laid on, the quality of theatre here should be much much better than it is. It's basically a vanity project for PK, the artistic director, with a huge over-emphasis on undemanding musical theatre. I've possibly seen 30 shows here since it opened and three have been good, two of those touring shows.
The visitor experience and welcome is dreadful. At long last they are starting to address the fact that clients want to eat before the show, but too little too late. The catering to date (Dec 2012) has been utterly inadequate.
Be very careful of the gross parking charges in the NCP next door. You must go to the Curve Box Office to get a concession.