West End Box Office
Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:37 PM
Posted 20 January 2013 - 11:00 PM
Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:33 AM
Talking about money is the last great taboo in this country. Reading Rupert Everett's startlingly frank autobiog which goes into great detail on his sex life and drug taking and personal life it is noticeable that he doesn't once mention what he was paid to do a particular film or play - this is a notable omission because as often as not after some failed film or stage play he ends up living in the penthouse suite of some hotel in Hollywood for the next year so you don't feel any sympathy at all for him over his failures. He is the rule rather than the exception, no "tell-all" autobiography ever tells you all about the money.
Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:41 AM
Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:21 AM
Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:54 PM
Posted 21 January 2013 - 06:23 PM
Then you have directors and producers trying to gain and maintain a reputation - surely published figures would help understand from a business view who can 'bring in the crowds'. Then there's the idea that in order to do this, big named stars are essential...
Many industry cons, but the advantage I see for us is possibly cheaper tickets.
Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:30 PM
Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:24 PM
A few shows do very well but the overwhelming majority close at a loss, so although it seems as though the producers of some shows are raking in a fortune you need to take into account that most of that money is going back to the investors and the rest is going into keeping the business running when dealing with the flops.
Also, actors aren't exactly low-paid staff. Someone coming straight out of training into an ensemble role in the West End will immediately be earning more than twice as much as the median for their age, and nearly three times the median in a larger venue.
Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:38 AM
Unlike on Broadway, few shows ever say when they recoups, only ones in recent years that have announced their recoupment are Wicked and Hairspray.
I do wonder how shows are doing when they are TKTS a lot or do a lot of discounting, Billy Elliot's a recent example as they were offering top price tickets between January-February for £20,30 and 40 and to me, that's not a good sign for a big show if they're offering tickets at those sorts of prices.
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