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Becky La Rou

Member Since 09 Nov 2012
Offline Last Active May 22 2013 04:05 PM

#248896 Will The Programme Ripoff Ever End?

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 13 December 2012 - 06:22 PM

Theatres have a monopoly when it comes to programmes (obviously), and their demand is relatively inelastic. I buy a programme at everything I see- I have a collection- and if a theatre either doesn't do programmes/playtexts, or has run out, I get a bit upset/annoyed. I just enjoy having a programme, and at the end of the year, looking back at everything I've seen. Souvenir brochures don't go there, but since I rarely see musicals anyway, I rarely encounter them.

I think ATG's programmes are the biggest rip off, at £4 with degrading paper quality and contents- they get thinner and thinner everytime. The NT's are good, the Donmar's need work- very little content - but the best are Hampstead's which are nicely produced, with good articles/interviews.

#248156 Viva Forever!

Posted lesterf on 07 December 2012 - 06:49 PM

View PostBecky La Rou, on 07 December 2012 - 10:36 AM, said:

Anyone know an official song list in the show yet??
if you go back to page17 of this thread there is a spoiler which if you click will show the list of songs in alphabetical order

#247618 Theatre Seating Reviews

Posted theatremonkey.com on 03 December 2012 - 06:22 PM

Hi Becky, yes K is very different to T. K has a mass of legroom and can see the whole stage, T is cramped and can't. K is one of my favourite rows, T is just somewhere I'd sit if I had to... Not sure why they clumped them together either.

Any help is indeed good - Trip Advisor can be helpful and there are blogs and other sites, but I'm so glad you are a Theatremonkey fan.

The site celebrated 12 years online on 1st December 2012 (older than "Trip Advisor" I think!), and I still love the fact that a single person (me) had done over 20 years of research before I wrote that first site, and I still learn more every time. It remains unique in what it does, and thousands of readers' help keep it what it is, I hope, too. :)

Glad you liked the text re-vamp, 6 weeks and a surgical wrist strap later... and that's just the start...

Happy Theatregoing,

#247026 Viva Forever!

Posted samsam1985 on 28 November 2012 - 11:40 PM

Oh my goodness. What a let down. Went in with such high hopes because these songs are so good that I THOUGHT they could not be ruined. How wrong could I be. The songs are classics but they were ruined because they weren't brought to life n any way, shape or form. The audience were itching to hear these songs sung with heart and gusto but instead we got lacklustre duets and the songs didnt bring anything to the show. There was far too much (poor) dialogue and the characters were plain ridiculous, despite having some real talent in the cast. The show was all about Viva but it should have been centred around the four girls. This may have meant that the songs would have at least had some harmonies and some substance. Instead Two Become One was sung on a bed by two people. The whole of the upper circle were at this point so frustrated that they were trying to sing/laugh along. Bits that were good: the opening video sequences set the scene well and the opening ensemble number was quite rousing. Act I finale lacklustre and the ending of the show just plain bizarre and totally flat. Im a musical theatre fan and enjoy a wide range of shows which is why I had such high hopes here. The show needs so much work that they will need a preview period of at least 5 months to rewrite it, rework all the songs and bring this piece to life. I really hope it isn't too late.

#128536 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted comaweng on 15 June 2010 - 10:21 PM

One wonders how long it will be before a show gets interrupted by a vuvuzela. *BUZZ!*

#244327 New Audiences

Posted Latecomer on 08 November 2012 - 07:49 AM

I have recently found that it is great fun to go with forum people, especially if you are not too sure whether the play will appeal to people! I either book 2 tickets (if it is possible to return tickets eg National, RSC) and message them to ask if they fancy or book my ticket and tell them when I am going. No obligation...they either say yes or no! It is very relaxing as you know they are real theatre fans and only go to stuff they fancy, so no pressure on a play being good that you have recommended! It is lovely to have someone to chat to about the production! Doesn't even matter if we are sitting together as when you are in the middle of a play you are alone anyway!
I save the mainstream plays for friends and relatives who don't go so much, so expect a fantastic production or they would be disappointed!
Early booking definitely reduces costs...I bet we all have Grandage in the bag for next year and with Young Vic Changeling, Globe standing, behind the pillars at Almeida, ditto Pinter, front rows at Royal Court and now glorious Zoe at £10 it can be very reasonable! I am also not adverse to day seating, although coming from Oxford it does take a bit of effort! I do like a good front stalls seat though as I feel very disconnected from the play if I sit too far away!

#128328 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted JonnyBoy on 14 June 2010 - 07:16 PM

When I saw Blood Brothers, a lady behing me talked through the entire opening scene.  Presumably she thought this was ok because there was little dialogue.  To hell with setting the scene and creating the atmosphere; it was as if she was trying to get through everything she had to say before the show 'properly' started.

This thread should carry a health warning.  I can see myself getting worked up over these selfish idiots (the guy with ridiculously wild hair that blocks half the stage, the girl with jangly jewellery who thrashes her arms about, the people who pass sweets along the row, the texters, the people who have to bring alcohol in and can't get through a show without it, the whistling breathers, the one who falls asleep and jerks his head about till he wakes himself up, the ones who lean their coats over the seats in front and don't bother to move them when you try to rest your head back, the man translating for his partner then tilting the programme to the light to see which one was in Holby City etc...)  Admittedly they are a minority but in a half-full theatre, there's bound to be one selfish, oblivious fool and it just takes one to disturb an otherwise excellent evening.
For heaven's sake, people, just watch the damn show!
(time for my blood pressure pills...)

#244522 News: Book Of Mormon Announces London Cast

Posted Whatsonstage.com on 09 November 2012 - 08:17 AM

Casting, led by Gavin Creel and Jared Gertner, has been announced for the forthcoming London production of The Book of Mormon,  which comes to the Prince of Wales Theatre from 25 February 2013.Creel and Gertner, who are currently playing in the ...

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