Bad Behaviour At A Show
Posted 06 May 2013 - 10:33 AM
Posted 06 May 2013 - 10:51 AM
The musicians. It doesn't take a genius to realise that 25 people drumming very loudly right outside a theatre showing a quiet play isn't the most brilliant of ideas.
Posted 06 May 2013 - 10:57 AM
Posted 06 May 2013 - 11:41 AM
2004: Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
2008: Mamma Mia
2009: Sound Of Music, Les Miserables, The Woman In Black
2012: Wicked, Chicago, Legally Blonde, Ghost, Wizard Of Oz, Phantom Of The Opera (UK Tour), Matilda, Sweeney Todd, Taboo (Brixton), Wicked, Wicked
2013: Lift (Soho), The Book Of Mormon, Avenue Q (Off-Broadway), Newsies (Broadway), Wicked (Broadway), Pippin (Broadway), The Lion King.
2013: A Chorus Line, Wicked, The Book Of Mormon, Wicked, The Book Of Mormon, Wicked, We Will Rock You (UK Tour), Wicked (UK Tour), Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Wicked, Les Miserables, Wicked
Posted 06 May 2013 - 09:53 PM
Posted 07 May 2013 - 06:44 AM
Posted 07 May 2013 - 05:45 PM
Posted 10 May 2013 - 08:23 PM
Why on earth do theatres sell these "noisy" sweets at all?
Posted 11 May 2013 - 10:29 AM
Putting on my "cynical" hat for a moment, on top of the many other "cynical" hats I'm already wearing...
The economics of West End theatre are unusual in that there's almost no return business: apart from a financially insignificant fraction of the audience, people see a show once and never return to that show. Most of them won't return to the West End until a year later at the earliest. That means that it's in the interests of the business to get as much money as possible in advance and let whatever happens afterwards take care of itself. What does it matter to them that your enjoyment is diminished because the food is noisy? They've already extracted every penny out of you that they're ever going to get.
Obviously there's a brake on this strategy because if too many people get upset then word gets round and business suffers, but the West End is one of those places where "I'm never coming here again!" is a meaningless threat because it's almost always true even with the most delightful of experiences.
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