Posted 11 June 2013 - 10:01 AM
Shows rarely promote previews unless heavily discounted, they just show the date its running and there is nothing when you book to say preview or when opening night is, and the majority of theatregoers wont know what a preview is anyway, and when they are paying top dollar why should they.
Yes I do agree, if you are a regular theatregoer you should really know what previews are and thats why I tend to avoid them. However, if you are paying your £65 your opinion is just as valid as the next person and have the right to expect a quality production.
"On the issue of money, sadly it costs an awful lot to stage these shows so unsurprisingly , producers won't want to sell at a discount, ESP a show featuring a name like DR."
and because of that, people will quite rightly demand a finished product. You wouldnt accept a half arsed product in anyother walk of life, theatre is no different.
Also, if its a revival of something, very little is realistically going to change between first preview and opening night. If you dont like the play, you dont like the play.