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Jon

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#300719 Olivier Predictions

Posted mjr on 14 April 2014 - 11:37 PM

Yes, but from a TV perspective give the new productions and revivals the air time, not the old shows.


#300713 Olivier Predictions

Posted mjr on 14 April 2014 - 10:43 PM

I agree with the above. Why do we need to see One More Day again? Scrap the audience choice awards performances and give revival shows full segments to perform in.


#300578 The Oliviers - The Results

Posted Alf on 13 April 2014 - 11:11 PM

Okay, if I were in charge of these awards I'd do the following:
  • Ditch the Audience Award, it is cheapening and unnecessary.
  • Get rid of the Piazza portion of the show - it does not add anything to the show and the performances and the sound quality are always far inferior to those inside the theatre itself.
  • Also scrap the z list presenters. It was great to see Kathleen Turner presenting an award, not so for Gok Wan. Angela Lansbury is in town, surely she could have handed out an award?
  • The NT50 show proved short excerpts of plays could be performed and showcased, and that may not be possible here but I know many shows are filmed for prosperity so it would be nice to see even short clips so people who haven't seen the shows know what are being honoured.
  • Establish what awards mean, the "Outstanding Achievement in Music Award" was bizarre in its ambiguity. Take a leaf out of the Tony Awards book, who have awards for Book, Orchestrations and Score.
  • Stop with the ruddy stereotyping, more than "women and gay men" are watching.
Anyway, the highlights were better than last year. Always a pleasure to see Bernadette Peters perform (we need a production of Follies soon please), great set, Mangan and Arterton enjoyable (perhaps slightly under-rehearsed), well edited (although how on earth Best Play, one of the main awards was pushed into the "Also handed tonight.." section I've no clue. Very pleased for the love for Ghosts and Chimerica.


#300576 The Oliviers - The Results

Posted MrBarnaby on 13 April 2014 - 11:09 PM

I'm sorry but Les Mis does not need any more tv publicity.

It's just not good enough. You wouldn't get the Tonys showcasing these old shows year after year.

I'd rather cut the Piazza nonsense and have better longer excerpts from shows or performances by singers as part of the actual awards.


#300476 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Steve10086 on 13 April 2014 - 06:57 PM

View PostDawnstar, on 13 April 2014 - 06:34 PM, said:

I'd better retract my post from yesterday then, as most people seem to think it's fine. I had two issues with it, apart from the stealing electricity point brought up already: 1) leaving a phone with a trailing wire attached lying in an aisle where people would not be expecting it is a trip hazard & 2) in a theatre as old as Her Majesty's goodness knows what state wiring could be in so it might potentially cause a fire risk. Sorry if I sound like a health & safety lecture.

No, I agree with you.  Wouldn't dream of charging my phone in a theatre!  Though if it's now acceptable maybe I'll bring a toaster next time I go to the theatre, and make myself an interval snack.


#300496 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Matthew Winn on 13 April 2014 - 08:33 PM

View Postsam22, on 13 April 2014 - 05:13 PM, said:

I don't see the problem with using the socket, see your point about electricity but in the digital age people expect to be able to use chargers in restaurants, cafes, on the train etc so why not in the theatre? The grossly inflated ticket prices in the last few years can surely cover the few people who decide to use a plug for a few minutes

There's quite a difference between making use of a socket that is explicitly advertised as being for public use and assuming that any socket you happen to see is there for your own personal purposes.


#300469 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Dawnstar on 13 April 2014 - 06:34 PM

I'd better retract my post from yesterday then, as most people seem to think it's fine. I had two issues with it, apart from the stealing electricity point brought up already: 1) leaving a phone with a trailing wire attached lying in an aisle where people would not be expecting it is a trip hazard & 2) in a theatre as old as Her Majesty's goodness knows what state wiring could be in so it might potentially cause a fire risk. Sorry if I sound like a health & safety lecture.


#300379 We Rocked You

Posted MrBarnaby on 13 April 2014 - 08:05 AM

Love the hysteria about getting last night tickets! Please keep it going.... Start breathing heavily and slamming doors .... The injustice of it all!

The truth is that it's not the small handful of crazy fans that have seen it 100 times who have kept it going, but the thousands and thousands of tourists who have bought cheap tickets in Leicester square for it. It's quite right that the last performance should be a celebration for those who made the show happen to begin with.


#300362 National Theatre Lets War Horse Musicians Go

Posted Orchestrator on 13 April 2014 - 03:02 AM

According to you the NT is, it seems to me arbitrarily, defining specific costs on a commercial transfer in such a way that it affects the budget for their productions on the South Bank. According to their argument, if I've understood it correctly, the more musicians they employ on productions in the commercial West End (where they've been transferred to make money) the fewer they can employ on the South Bank which is ridiculous.


#300150 National Theatre Lets War Horse Musicians Go

Posted FireFingers on 11 April 2014 - 05:48 PM

View PostJon, on 11 April 2014 - 03:44 PM, said:

I wonder if War Horse is starting to slip in sales hence why the National have decided to cut the musicians to save on running costs. As I've mentioned, it must be expensive to run with the large cast and the various puppets.

Think that is pretty likely. They don't want to put people out of a job just "because", but if it is that or close, then they'll lose the musicians.


#300148 Time To Support Theatre On Forum!

Posted Titan on 11 April 2014 - 05:33 PM

The forum also has people in or linked to the industry, or who have informed opinions on why a show might not do well based on facts/history etc.  Obviously its not always accurate as one thing is always certain, theatre is unpredictable.  

Theatre is a business, and that business interests many people on here so when a show is announced and people predict it won't do well etc its not necessarily a comment on the production itself but on the market and business sense.  Why some shows succeed and some fail is always an interesting topic, and that is often what is discussed here.  After all, no one on here has any power in the real world, shows won't open or close on the word of this forum. Its a place for fans of theatre to discuss various aspects of the theatre world

I agree that 'its rubbish' type comments are not helpful and there are some snarky comments but on the whole this forum is constructive and informative.  But I would say people who are constantly positive and put down people who say something negative for fear of upsetting those poor actors on the stage are just as, if not more, annoying (and fake)


#299789 Old Vic New Season

Posted Matthew Winn on 08 April 2014 - 09:02 PM

View PostLynette, on 08 April 2014 - 03:13 PM, said:

This kind of thing is unacceptable and if we all had the b***s [we certainly have the clout]  we should let it be known that we want easier and transparent booking systems. Let the impresarios pay for a few geeks to design better systems. Not rocket science....

As long as all the tickets are selling what do they care if people are frustrated and disappointed? Good customer service is always a cost to the business, and the only time you provide it is if the cost of not providing it is greater. When you're in a position as strong as theirs, not only do you not have to give a damn about the customer but you don't even have to hide it.


#299657 Evita Westend 2014

Posted KevinUK on 07 April 2014 - 10:03 PM

View PostMrBarnaby, on 07 April 2014 - 09:45 PM, said:

How can anyone who's seriously interested in quality productions being performed in London get excited about a touring version of Evita  clogging up a west end theatre?

I'm not trying to discredit the production... It may be marvellous, but nonetheless it's a touring production of a show seen in London in recent years and it's just not good enough.

I'm starting to despair at the general lack of quality in the west end at the moment.

Whilst I completely agree, sometimes you just want to see something you know you like in town.


#299651 Evita Westend 2014

Posted MrBarnaby on 07 April 2014 - 09:45 PM

How can anyone who's seriously interested in quality productions being performed in London get excited about a touring version of Evita  clogging up a west end theatre?

I'm not trying to discredit the production... It may be marvellous, but nonetheless it's a touring production of a show seen in London in recent years and it's just not good enough.

I'm starting to despair at the general lack of quality in the west end at the moment.


#297832 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted dallardice on 24 March 2014 - 12:57 PM

The humour is so British that I think it would need huge rewrites for it to work anywhere else - it wouldn't just be a case of changing the judge characters.  I can't begin to imagine how they could adapt it.