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15 April 2014 - 11:28 AM

Previewing now. I am going next week. Anyone been?

Kate O'Mara

30 March 2014 - 01:55 PM

Sadly died today aged only 74. I had the pleasure of meeting her many years ago after she performed the title role of Hedda Gabler at Harrogate Theatre. She was charming. Unfortunately after the TV work dried up she was reduced to touring in Bill Kenwright plays. RIP.

The ATG Superseat!

05 November 2013 - 07:41 PM

Browsing the internet (idly) as you do I came across a new price band at the Theatre Royal Brighton (an ATG Theatre) for next year!

For a tour of a play entitled The Perfect Murder - starring Les Dennis (perhaps he is the subject of the title - we can live in hope) we have a fascinating new choice of prices to witness this epic theatrical event.

Band A £29.50
Premium Seats £35.00
ATG Superseats £44.50

These "superseats" appeared to be some of the prime premium seats which in turn have been pushed back and sideways in the stalls with the Band A prices being the sides and the back! There was no information about these "superseats" on the website but I would assume they include a personal greeting by the manager of the theatre, a cocktail before the show with a free programme, champagne and canapés in the interval and a goodie bag to take home after the show! I would pass the opportunity to meet the "stars" of this particular show but I am sure that is included too.

Of course if someone is willing to pay these stupid prices then the theatre will continue to charge them! But I have my EDF electricity bill to pay!

Theatre Ticket Offers

07 May 2013 - 04:52 PM

With the exception of the "hit" shows such as The Audience or the Book of Mormon we as potential customers are now bombarded by "offers". It never used to be like this. The price was the price - albeit not at the stratospheric prices of today.

Not only is there TKTS in Leicester Sq (long established for offering tickets on the day at a discount for unsold seats) but we now have "flash" sales for limited periods with massive discounts on top prices 30% to 50%. Sites offering discounted, or free tickets, sites offering a "round up" of all the offers currently available. Day seats, seats available online at 10.00am on Monday for £10 and then sold out at 10.06am. Meal and hotel deals. Free wine and programmes for "theatre club" nights etc. ALL with great savings and discounts.

At the other extreme we have "dynamic pricing" where the prices change (go up?) due to demand or how early you book.

BUT is it just me that is totally confused and overwhelmed with this. Booking a theatre ticket used to be so straight forward - decide what you want to see and phone the box office (before the days of online bookings!) Now you really have to "shop around" for the "best deal" like a bargain holiday or a flight. Confused? You bet!

Is there an argument for reducing prices and not having the offers? Or has theatre tickets become like buying a sofa - no-one buys unless it's "half price" when we all know it was never full price to begin with!!

I am dazed, confused and exhausted - LOL

Theatre Blogs And Reviews.

06 May 2013 - 06:28 AM

I am going to receive a huge amount of negative comments for this but it is my opinion and I am entitled to it - lol. I comment on this discussion board about shows I have seen or have opinions about - it's a discussion, but I have noticed of late that lots of people have set up theatre blogs where they "review" productions they have seen. Some comments on these boards are simply links to their blogs e.g. "I loved this show, more on my blog at blah blah blah". Now these people are entitled to their opinion - everyone has them, but why should I (or anyone else) be interested in their opinion? What qualifies them to "pass judgement" on a show? I see lots of theatre and have practised it in my time and probably more qualified to comment than most but wouldn't presume that anyone would be interested in what I have to say other than the odd comments on this board which invite discussion. Of course there is no need to click the link, no-one is forced to read these peoples ramblings or worse "raves" from "fans" of particular actors who will countenance no criticism of their idols. It appears everyone wants to be Mark Shenton (who seems to have invented the 9 day week with his theatre going) without his experience, knowledge and trained eye. Theatre producers are even using twitter and audience "comments" on their publicity material now - usually when they cannot find "raves" from the legitimate critics. Why would I go to see Viva Forever because "Sharon" thought it was " bloody brilliant"? So an appeal to all these bloggers - just stop. Enjoy (or otherwise ) your theatre trips and tell your friends but the rest of us aren't interested. Rant over - lol.