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#300613 The Oliviers - The Results

Posted Honoured Guest on 14 April 2014 - 09:39 AM

View PostNicholas, on 13 April 2014 - 11:39 PM, said:

And whilst the Society Of London Theatres won't award what's going on in Sheffield unless Sheffield visits us, why not a trail for what Daniel Evans is doing with shows like My Fair Lady and Oliver and The Full Monty, regional triumphs, or a nod to all those stars popping down to Chichester?

Because SOLT (Society Of London Theatre) is a closed group rewarding its own members. This set of awards is specifically established as a group of theatres getting together to puff themselves. That's their entire purpose. It's nothing to do with celebrating theatre or UK theatre or British theatre. It's purely about the promotion of theatre produced and presented by its own members (and affiliates in the case of one single award!)

SOLT was originally called SWET (Society of West End Theatre) but renamed because of the malodorous acronym, and because "West End Theatre" trumpeted the closed nature of the organisation, whereas "London Theatre" is better at misleading the general public to assume that these are open awards.

They then nicknamed their awards the Oliviers, to associate themselves with someone the general public at the time still recognised as a great actor, principally because they'd seen him in some old movies. As someone posted yesterday, time has moved on, and Laurence Olivier's acting is now more generally perceived as a mannered embarrassment to contemporary theatre. So SOLT will probably soon rebrand themselves again, to perpetuate their dissemblance in misrepresenting themselves as rewarding the best of theatre.

View PostNicholas, on 13 April 2014 - 11:39 PM, said:

Theatre is national (like NT Live, which only the winners felt worth mentioning) and upcoming and this celebrates localised and finished theatre.

I'd go further than you, to point out that much theatre is international. (I don't mean "international" in the Mark Shenton sense of West End & Broadway). Away from the West End, artists and companies are collaborating across borders, presenting the local globally, and engaging with the world to the world.


#271144 View From Your Seat Function On Websites.

Posted Honoured Guest on 02 July 2013 - 09:52 AM

Many theatre websites display gloriously unimpeded vistas of the stage from different parts of the auditorium. To get a truer picture of the real theatre experience, cut out a lifesize head and hold it directly between you and this website image.


#270489 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Lynette on 27 June 2013 - 11:00 AM

View Postcraftymiss, on 25 June 2013 - 10:23 PM, said:



I had a similar experience a year or so ago in Bournemouth when I saw the Three Phantoms.  I complained to the management but they told me there was nothing could be done as they had paid for a ticket...errrr.....so had I.  It's a very tricky one as far be it for me to suggest certain members of the community should not be allowed to enjoy a show but it did ruin my evening as there was constant "mooing" throughout the show.

I understand that some shows are now offering performances especially for disabled people, the  autistic, and people with other problems as they and the parents and carers are well aware of the difficulty. It is a shame if someone can't go to the theatre because he / she moves about in an uncontrolled way or makes noises but in fact has the intellectual ability to enjoy it, so let's hope the idea spreads.