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#289848 Happy Days The Musical

Posted bickypeg on 19 January 2014 - 10:18 AM

Time was when you got reasoned arguments and really sensible criticisms of shows and performers on these forums.Sadly this rarely happens now.

#289907 The Pass

Posted Kathryn2 on 20 January 2014 - 10:55 AM

View Postitsuckstobeme, on 19 January 2014 - 07:57 PM, said:

Clearly nobody can read between the lines...

I read between your lines fine - but I don't consider the insinuation relevant to a discussion of his acting.

#289148 Nicholas Hytner's Future Plans

Posted xanderl on 10 January 2014 - 08:31 PM

Hytner is so London-centric and has such a deep hatred for the North West that he made this announcement in Salford at the launch of the War Horse national tour.

#288476 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Coggit on 05 January 2014 - 01:07 AM

View Postarmadillo, on 03 January 2014 - 03:01 PM, said:

It's always amusing if you're in the front row to see the orchestra eating sandwiches and doing crosswords. I always very sorry for the bands that are on view and have to actually watch the show every night.

I always wonder how they do it... like, at least if you're in the show then you can spice it up every night - you can make subtle differences or portray the character in a different way. if you're in the orchestra it is the same every. single. night. I'd go nuts!

Best thing ever happened at the cinema tonight. Watching The Marked Ones and the people infront of us kept texting (not even on silent, so you heard every single time he got a text). He dropped his phone and cracked the screen! I have to say, it made me really happy when the left the screen practically in tears... eventually was able to enjoy the movie.

#281984 NT 50th Anniversary Celebration

Posted VDCNI on 26 October 2013 - 03:46 PM

Well he directed Lolita!

#279684 From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

Posted Titan on 03 October 2013 - 07:59 PM

The 'then dont go to previews' comment is incredibly arrogant.
The majority of the public wont know, they will see a show, the date they can go and the price. There is nothing on tbe online booking that flashes up you are booking a preview performance.

If you are paying for a product you are entitled to judge it based on what you see. The audience does not owe the production or cast any favours. They have paid their admission ticket and deserve value for money

Discounted previews worked for many years so that argument is ridiculous.  Producers know that they can charge full price so do. Which works for the mormons and the like but for such an unknown show you need to get people in to get word out there

#272167 Next NT Director

Posted xanderl on 12 July 2013 - 10:58 AM

As I understand it they are down to the final 2, and Lord Sugar will be selecting the winner on live TV next week. Or am I getting confused?

#269802 London Box Office Grosses?

Posted Steve10086 on 22 June 2013 - 10:21 AM

How much do you make each week?

#268926 The Cripple Of Innishmaan

Posted peggs on 15 June 2013 - 08:27 PM

View PostHonoured Guest, on 15 June 2013 - 08:12 PM, said:

Your American foetal hyena could well have been a young drama student, keen to display her awesome sophisticated appreciation.

About 15 years ago, for a brief period, many theatre shows suddenly had complex set designs (often extensive 3-d landscapes) built out of some new synthetic material like hard foam rubber. It was probably relatively cheap and it was very flexible, so suddenly any set was possible. However, they always looked artificial, like old-school Dr Who alien environments, and they seem to have now gone out of fashion.

Well she was a stroppy one when we wanted to get out at the interval and anyone who takes off their shoes and expects to not get their feet stood on is plain daft.

mmm that does rather sound like the set.

#268840 School For Scandal

Posted Epicoene on 14 June 2013 - 09:27 PM

View Postxanderl, on 14 June 2013 - 03:30 PM, said:

The cash you won for charity - that's safe
Lets have a look at what you could have won:
This royal throne of kings, this scepter’d isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war.
Instead I give to you this bendy bull.

In later years Bowen did a hysterical one man show revealing, inter alia, how come a power boat featured as a Bullseye star prize so often.

#263075 Theatre At The Cinema

Posted El Peter on 24 April 2013 - 02:09 PM

In general 'theatre at the cinema' is a good thing for the kind of reasons other posters have mentioned. That people well beyond London and for whom NT provincial tours do not include their local city, can now see NT productions presented to theatre audiences while they sit with their fellow audience members in a cinema is a wonderful thing. It makes the community of those interested in theatre much larger.

#264486 Theatre Blogs And Reviews.

Posted Steffi on 06 May 2013 - 07:13 AM

Obviously you are entitled to your opinion on this but so are all the bloggers (who should just stop writing according to you) and the people who actually enjoy reading the various blogs.

I am a blogger myself, however I usually don't put links to my blog on here (unless you count the link in my profil). Why do I blog? Quite simple: Because I enjoy writing and I love writing about my main passion which happens to be theatre. My blog consists of reviews and some interviews with performers. I sometimes write about general things that I feel are worth a mention (my blog post about the WOS Awards actually made it on here - and no,  it wasn't me who posted the link).

I don't want to be a professional writer, I don't want to be famous - I just enjoy writing. Obviously it's great if people enjoy my reviews, interviews and such. But I'm not expecting anyone to be interested - anyone who thinks my blog is a waste of time can just ignore it.

#264145 "voluntary" Donations When Booking Online

Posted Dawnstar on 02 May 2013 - 07:37 PM

I had this come up when I was booking for Opera Holland Park a couple of weeks ago. Since I had spent 2 hours wrestling with their acting-up booking website I screamed something unrepeatable at the sight of it! I'm afraid that I never make any "voluntary" donations to anywhere. They're already getting my money in ticket price & often extortionate booking fees on top. Also, as someone who is still temping several years after graduating, no matter how much in need of money these theatres claim to be I bet they have a hell of a lot more money than I do!

#264148 "voluntary" Donations When Booking Online

Posted Honoured Guest on 02 May 2013 - 07:47 PM

Cashback or loyalty points, and delayed payment, if you use a credit card. There's no real disadvantage either.

#264146 "voluntary" Donations When Booking Online

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 02 May 2013 - 07:42 PM

View Postarmadillo, on 02 May 2013 - 07:16 PM, said:

Does anyone ever buy a programme online when they book NT tickets? Is there any possible advantage?

Sometimes, so that I don't have to worry about having the right change with me. But there's no real advantage, unlike the Barbican where you save something like 30% if you buy your programme (and ice cream) in advance.