Theatre Tickets On Sale Too Early?
Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:53 AM
I still see roughly the same amount of shows each year (around 75 - 90) but it seems to me that theatre tickets are being put on sale so far in advance that I am buying many many more well before the actual show.
For example, I bought all the Michael Grandage season over a year in advance of the start of the actual performances. Now I can see why he would want assurances that tickets would sell for what he might have seen as a "risky" venture, but it seems to me that more and more theatres and producers are trying to get us to buy tickets long before the actual shows themselves. Many West End shows are booking into 2014 already and I recently bought tickets for the Priscilla tour in Brighton for January 2014. But, unless my memory is flawed this didn't seem to happen so much just a few years ago.
I know I don't HAVE to buy tickets so far in advance but if I want decent seats for the shows I'd like to see, I feel obliged to go for it, meaning I have the assurance of getting good seats and producers have the assurance of a sold ticket.
Favourite Musicals: Blood Brothers; Brigadoon; Chicago; Chess; Chorus Line; Company; Evita; Follies; Godspell; Les Miserables; Little Night Music; Little Shop of Horrors; Mack and Mabel; Man of La Mancha; Merrily We Roll Along; Miss Saigon; Phantom of the Opera; Rent; Rocky Horror Show; South Pacific.
Favourite Plays: Beautiful Thing; Bent; Blithe Spirit; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Cherry Orchard; Dance of Death; Death of a Salesman; Endgame; Happy Days; Hedda Gabler; Henry IV (Parts I and II); Importance of Being Earnest; Little Foxes; Mother Courage; Private Lives; Shirley Valentine; Torch Song Trilogy; What the Butler Saw; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Wild Duck.
Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:35 AM
For the Globe I have found that my fave seats do go v early for the whole season; for the RSC, it can be hard to get good stalls if you don't book early but not impossible as I have known people get good tix on the day and not queuing at dawn either. With the exception of anything with Judi Dench in it [ or maybe David Tennant too! ] you can get anything you like in the West End if you are a little bit flexible. The National is interesting as you can get last minute if you turn up but if there has been word of mouth momentum and the play is a 'hit' it can be hard to get tix. A real mega hit like 'Jerusalem ' at the Royal Court , will always transfer or return and you can get tix for the second coming as it were. Opera, you can get what you want above a certain price. So there is no need to bust a gut and hold so many tix in advacne unless you are like me and Schuttep, and like to plan ahead!
I bet you can get tix for the Michael Grandage season right up to the performances. But a myth has been born and will float on.
Box off bods, tell all!
Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:28 PM
Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:35 PM
Book of mormon I booked forever ago because I knew it would likely sell very well, based on NYC and it would have a lotto rather than dayseats. Otherwise i dont generally book musicals or long runners in advance, as I hope for discounts/tkts/dayseats/paper the exception being if I'm taking someone. But I'm local and can be flexible.
I understand shows want a good advance but for a tour a couple of months is surely ample time.
Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:15 PM
Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:29 PM
Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:57 PM
It does however help the producer know in advance how much capitilsiation they will need to arrange to make the show open, most costs can be contra billed in various ways once the show has opened, but avast majority and usually the most expensive elements can't,
Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:09 AM
Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:01 AM
Posted 27 February 2013 - 07:45 AM
I promise I'll find my marbles soon.
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