Abby, on 05 June 2013 - 09:03 AM, said:
It’s partly a problem with some theatres making the seats too small – I’m a size 10 and I don’t find the Trafalgar seats spacious. But are we going to have to start saying that very overweight people have to buy two seats or designated ‘fat seats’ that cost a bit extra? Or should theatres accept we are inevitably going to get fatter and fatter and make their seats wider?
Leave aisle seats free so us fatsos can squeeze into those and gently spill into the aisle.
The seating in the NT is pretty decent, and I can't see why new / refurbished theatres need to be smaller than that. Those 20 extra seats aren't worth all the non-returners whose main theatre memory will be feeling squished and uncomfortable, and that's before they sit next to someone large, tall, fat or obsessed with sticking out their elbows)
Even the bench seating is no indicator of whether you'll have space or not. Hardly ever an issue at the Almeida, compete nightmare in upper slips front row at the ROH.
What I do get annoyed about is when I have booked an aisle seat on benched seating and the person next to me decided to utilise most of the space allocated to my seat and then does the 'you're fat' routine when I move up to the line that actually separates those seats. If your attitude stinks, I might decide to give no way, whilst I'd normally be inclined to do the one-cheek only hover.