Donmar Front Row Scheme - Thumbs Down!Donmar cheap seats
Posted 12 September 2012 - 10:40 PM
Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:27 AM
The seats upstairs in the circle are a bit rubbish compared to other venues....as had been touched on previously you end up on uncomfy seats peering through the railings with action sometimes taking place underneath you!
The BIGGEST barrier to attracting the illusive "new audience" that they witter on about is simply price....as was proved when they did a West End Season at reasonable prices.I remember there being lots of statistics published about how many people it attracted that had not been before.....And it's also why they have prices their nice new tickets in the best seats at £10. The biggest barrier to keeping this "new audience".....that's me by the way....is also price! We liked the £10 second row circle seats....and object to the 50% price rise.
Ok, said my piece, I am officially cross with the Donmar and will only be buying tickets throughout the run (and therefore missing productions if they are too difficult to get). Let's see how it goes....Oh and they have also put up prices for the seats at the side on row 1 and 2 of the stalls to top price for the first few seats....tiny portion of row 1, most of row 2 now £35....and that's gone up too!
Posted 13 September 2012 - 08:25 AM
Like Latecomer, I think I will hang on and try and grab £10 seats later.
Posted 13 September 2012 - 08:59 AM
Value, not price! Josie Rourke's West End Much Ado About Dr Who didn't have any trouble selling out at West End prices and arena prices for comedians and popular musicians are steep. People who might like to try theatre are generally unwilling to pay much money at first because they don't know whether the experience will be worth much to them. But, if they get a taste and they enjoy it, they'll willingly return at proper prices because they now value it. On the other hand, if you keep offering the same small group of enthusiasts an endless stream of productions at heavily subsidised rock bottom prices, they seem to think it's their birthright and apparently deny the value of the very thing they crave.
I salute the Barclays Front Row scheme because it will give a much wider public a regular chance of a good seat at an accessible price.
Posted 13 September 2012 - 05:53 PM
Posted 13 September 2012 - 07:39 PM
Posted 13 September 2012 - 07:45 PM
Posted 13 September 2012 - 07:53 PM
Also, is there a limit on the number of £10 seats you can get for one performance?
Posted 13 September 2012 - 08:07 PM
Well, they'll know if the card used for booking has been used at the Donmar before. The NT seemed fairly certain that Travelex brought in a new audience and I assume that's how they found out.
Posted 14 September 2012 - 12:30 AM
That is not true. I have never been a member there and there is not a single production I have missed using their public booking system immediately booking opened - the Donmar public bookers are a hyper-organised closed group too. Now all I will do is book a £10 ticket instead. It is laughable to claim that the general public will do any better through this new scheme, casual new theatre goers will not bother to log on promptly at 8:00am on a Monday (or whenever it is) to book a ticket in the 30 minutes that they will be available (just as no "general public" new theatrgoers will have secured any of the Grandage season £10 tickets either). The NT is different, they ensure that some Travelex tickets for some productions are available throughout the run - they do this by staging rubbish productions like Cyrano in vast theatres which have no chance of selling out under any circumatsnces - in that way casual walk-up punters can get in.
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