Posted 25 March 2013 - 10:55 AM
There was a big gap between me seeing Richard II in 2011 and Trelawny at Saturday's matinee. The £10 seats were, I believe, initially intended to try to get a new/younger audience in. On Saturday they were just filled with the usual audience members who'd bothered to wait and buy them as per the convoluted booking arrangements.
Time for a re-think on the £10 seats. It's pretty obvious they're just playing lip service to tryng to get a new audience. As do the Travelex £12 seats at the National - if they're available, I buy them: and I'd go anyway!
At the Donmar I'm seeing The Weir later on but not the new Conor MacPherson; for goodness' sake, why two in a row??
To answer the original question, yes, it has lost its way a bit. Sadly.
If I listed every show I'd seen since 1974 I'd get RSI.
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.