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#1 musicaladdict

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 12:37 AM

I go to the theatre regularly on my own and know that there must be many others who do the same. Do any of you have an issue that it's difficult to book single tickets (Ticketmaster etc), this has always bugged me, what are you views- is finding a theatre buddy the answer?

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 12:56 AM

I often go on my own, as do many on here, so you're not alone in that respect. ATG is particularly annoying for this, as you can't leave a single seat or a set of three seats.
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Posted 07 June 2013 - 01:34 AM

On the other hand, a couple of times I have been able to get a great single seat for an otherwise "sold out" show on the day of by calling the theatre box office as soon as they opened.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 02:28 AM

It's not just the seat booking issue but 2-for-1 deals which annoy me - and often supposedly made as loyalty offers from theatres at which I am a regular.  Half-price for one would cost them the same (and at least result in one sale), but can they see this?  Never mind accept that it's discrimination and poor financial sense to overlook us!

On the plus side, I go to see what I want and when and where, limited only by time and money.  No worrying about whether someone else also wants to go, is free, and so on.  And if I'm really unlucky and not enjoying something, I can simply leave at the earliest opportunity.  Yet sometimes I'm still surprised when friends say they wanted to see something but couldn't because their partner (etc) wasn't free/didn't want to go, etc.  What is your priority?  Theatre, as in my case, or socialising?  I know that for some people the two can be combined, but it's theatre first and foremost for me.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 05:13 AM

I go to the theatre by myself about half the time and the only thing I miss is not being able to talk about the play at the interval.  Perhaps we lone WOSers should get badges so we can spot each other at the bar.
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Posted 07 June 2013 - 06:44 AM

I like going with my forum friends as we are really honest...I ask if they want to go, they say yes or no. Then if we hate the play you don't feel guilty! They are also the best as they are as obsessive as me and have so many plays to talk about!
Like Lynette if I am taking a non-forum friend I tend to play it quite safe!
Some plays are meant to be seen solo...I thoroughly enjoyed Emperor and Galilean but would have been so tense taking someone else!

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 07:31 AM

I go on my own a lot simply because that means I can see what I want, when I want and how often I want. While I do enjoy going to the theatre with friends I really don't mind being on my own either.
And I often go and watch people I know in their shows so I don't even miss out on talking to someone about the show afterwards.

The single seat rule annoys me as it somtimes means I can't book tickets online. I've never had a problem getting a ticket from the box office though even if it does mean leaving a single seat.

And I agree if you're just looking for one ticket it's often possible to get good seats for well sold shows at short notice.



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Posted 07 June 2013 - 08:19 AM

I do go alone (though not as often as I used to, I seem to have adopted some theatre liking friends!) the 'no single seats' rule really infuriates me though, but as said it's sometimes an advantage to ticket buying to be alone.

We need badges or a signal or something (though Mallardo did impressively track me down at the NT once!)
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Posted 07 June 2013 - 09:13 AM

It was elementary, Emi.  I was looking for the Connie Fisher look-alike - and there you were!
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Posted 07 June 2013 - 10:42 AM

Haha but spotted across the Olivier circle that deserves credit! (though I was with some then very confused friends that time)
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