Best and worst seats
Posted 20 February 2007 - 08:26 PM
So what’s wrong with the seats? First of all it’s that they are rather, shall we say “snug”? If I, a slender person of 5’3”, find the leg room to be tight, I wonder what a tall person, or even someone of average height, would make of it, and I’m not talking about the cheap seats way up under the rafters but of the stall seats. If this was the only problem (I’m not counting the fact that the seats are quite hard as a real problem) I probably wouldn’t even complain, but unfortunately it isn’t and the other problem is even worse.
The main problem is something that I’ve *never* come across before in any auditorium and something which it had never even occurred to me could be a problem. You know how all auditoriums have a slight gradient that allows you to get a reasonably clear view of the stage? Well, as it turns out whoever installed those seats took *no* notice of that gradient, and as a result the seats are sloping downwards, making it difficult to remain in your seat without bracing yourself. Which you can’t do of course, on account of there being no legroom. I’m hoping that this was only the case for the particular row of seats where I was sitting (I could see that it wasn’t confined to just my seat), otherwise this theatre should seriously consider getting someone in to do some major adjustments to those seats.
I shan’t be returning to that theatre again until I hear from some reliable source that something’s been done about the problem of those sloping seats. The lack of legroom I could live with if that was the only problem, but my back was sore for days afterwards from the bracing that was required, and I’m in no hurry to experience that again.
Posted 21 February 2007 - 07:50 AM
I have a back problem and therefore I am sensitive to seats and endlessly surprised at the variety of seats in theatres and concert halls - for example I find the Amphitheatre seats at Covent Garden with no arm rests some of the most comfortable on offer. Some are obviously not going to be too good in the smaller venues because only benches are often provided for cost reasons and we must accept that.
Are there any technical people here to explain why there is such variety? Surely by now research would have led to the evolution of a comfortable seat? Office furniture is much more "standardised" in its dimensions and design.
Posted 21 February 2007 - 11:16 AM
Thanks - spelling was never my strongest subject at school. I shall try and remember for next time.
Posted 21 February 2007 - 01:32 PM
That should be "try to remember."
Posted 21 February 2007 - 03:08 PM
Stalls _ Row B @ The Queens and they are top price !
Posted 21 February 2007 - 05:01 PM
Seems to be a lot of teachers with their red pens out today.
I will try but I can't promise anything.
Posted 25 February 2007 - 12:23 PM
Posted 25 February 2007 - 02:13 PM
...the kind of September
When life was slow, and oh so mellow...
(Surely I can't be the only person who thought of these lyrics from the world's longest-running musical?)
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