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#263421 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Matthew Winn on 27 April 2013 - 05:37 AM

View PostDuncan, on 26 April 2013 - 11:44 PM, said:

How about having something like this printed in luminous glow-in-the-dark lettering?

"YOU HAVE RECEIVED THIS CARD BECAUSE YOU ARE TALKING OR OTHERWISE CAUSING A NUISANCE TO YOUR FELLOW THEATRE GOERS. PLEASE RESPECT THE REST OF THE AUDIENCE AND REMAIN SILENT DURING THE PERFORMANCE. THANK YOU."

And leaving it on their battered corpse as a warning to others? I like it.


#261116 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Matthew Winn on 06 April 2013 - 05:29 PM

View PostCarlos, on 06 April 2013 - 11:04 AM, said:

a boy of about 13 started, halfway through the show, to... well... to do something people say leads to baldness, stunted growth and hairy hands. Oddly he was by himself.

Your autocorrect is broken. It put "oddly" where you typed "more understandably than anything else in human history".


#258996 Peter And Alice

Posted xanderl on 19 March 2013 - 10:57 AM

Yes, I think you missed the full-on sex scene between the two leads.


#258731 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Backdrifter on 17 March 2013 - 10:04 AM

Yes, we must all remember to consistently point out the nationality of every single miscreant in this thread, just to be fair. Could we all please revisit our posts and edit as necessary?

Alternatively, we could regard it as extraneous, or something.


#258013 West End Star Wattage

Posted paplazaroo on 10 March 2013 - 10:04 PM

View PostLynette, on 10 March 2013 - 08:50 PM, said:

I don't understand this thread. All the guys mentioned above are doing their jobs and we pay to see em do it. Who else do you want on the stage?   Of course if they are known to be good, their shows will sell well. Same with plumbers. If they plumb well, they get well known and much in demand.

But people don't get excited when lots of great plumbers are all fixing pipes in the same city at the same time


#257892 Viva Forever!

Posted xanderl on 09 March 2013 - 08:13 PM

View PostMark_E, on 09 March 2013 - 02:56 PM, said:

Went in at 5:45 and asked for dayseats and was offered Stalls or Dress Circle for £20

I think they'd have to pay me more than £20 to sit through it :)


#257707 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Zippy on 08 March 2013 - 11:58 AM

View Postlucyrara, on 08 March 2013 - 07:55 AM, said:

At Singin In The Rain, woman in front of us was on her phone throughout, realised later that she was updating her facebook status with a running commentary on the show! The light from her phone was so distracting.

Did you not ask her to turn it off? Or at least report it to a member of staff? People need to become more assertive towards this sort of bad behaviour. If someone is ruining your enjoyment of the show why just sit there and do nothing? I don't get it.


#256890 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted BringMeSunshine on 02 March 2013 - 11:53 PM

What a horribly selfish turn this topic has taken. I often attend the theatre with a patent who suffers asthma. Theatres are old dusty buildings and a lot of the stalls sections are actually underground. Even the damp in the air that a person blessed with regular breathing would never notice can cause unintentional coughing fits. Consider the struggles of others before moaning about them.


#256539 West End Shows Face Strike Threat

Posted The Glenbuck Laird on 28 February 2013 - 07:14 PM

View PostTitan, on 28 February 2013 - 06:34 PM, said:

im with mark, sick of union people just going on strike just because they think they have it hard. would they rather not have a job!?
Would gladly pay ATG's exorbitant booking and transaction fees if I thought they were paying their staff a decent wage. Put my support down for the lefty's


#256483 West End Shows Face Strike Threat

Posted Punk Rock on 28 February 2013 - 10:44 AM

I applaud the fact they are prepared to stick up for themselves - good luck to them.


#256390 A Chorus Line

Posted Titan on 27 February 2013 - 04:30 PM

No sorry Mallardo Leserf has a point, it is about perceived value.  Quite rightly if ticket prices are the same as a bigger budget show the audience has the right to expect more, this is the downside to the increasing ticket prices, the audience will expect more for their money..  Of course you equat cost to a certain level of quality and 'bang for your buck', theatre is no different to any other walk of life.


#255265 Antiquated Ticketing System

Posted blahblah on 18 February 2013 - 10:05 PM

I think the title of this post is odd because running a secure box office that protects not only the customer but also the management and accounting, is not "antiquated" - it is efficient.

I think the policy of Delfont Mackintosh theatres (who own the Noel Coward) is very good in allowing exchanges in the first place and I don't think it unreasonable to expect to have the original tickets back before an exchange can take place. There are plenty of "ifs and buts", but consider a person simply turning up with no tickets and just saying "I want to change the tickets to another date/time/show" but not actually having them to hand over. The originals would be needed to back up such a request for accounting purposes, otherwise box office staff could issue "new tickets" to anyone they wanted stating that someone had come in and asked to swap them. Can you imagine on a sold out house like the Judi Dench season turning up to find your seats double booked because "someone" some days/ weeks/months had supposedly or did come in to exchange them to another date? What backup would the box office have to prove this request was made in the first place, and you could then have 4 people trying to sit in 2 seats. This would not only cause a huge problem for the box office/the theatre manager and of course the theatregoers themselves.

It's not antiquated, its common sense.

Put yourself in the customers shoes who buys a ticket at the box office, turns up on the night and there's someone in the seat already with the same seat number. You ask "how can they have the seat as me, I bought this ticket....". If the original poster had their way, the answer from the box office would be "oh but someone came in sometime, said they had bought that ticket, couldnt use it, so we exchanged it to another date, and erm....no, we cant prove it because we exchange tickets without having the original to back up the exchange, and then we resold that ticket to you but for whatever reason, the original ticket holder has now sold/ passed the ticket on to someone else and therefore you will have to leave the theatre because we are now sold out.

What would you prefer?


#254922 Repeat Attenders Documentary

Posted xanderl on 16 February 2013 - 05:22 PM

I would but I've spent all my savings on Viva Forever tickets


#254273 Famous People You've Seen In The Audience

Posted craftymiss on 10 February 2013 - 07:05 PM

Do famous people only go to shows if there is a connection for them? Dont they perhaps also go because they just, fancy a night out or actually just like the play?
Only a thought


#251417 New Here

Posted poster J on 09 January 2013 - 05:59 PM

View PostEpicoene, on 09 January 2013 - 03:29 PM, said:

West End ticket prices are also absurd given the poor view you get from anywhere except centre-stalls.

That's a bit of an over-exaggerated generalisation, there are plenty of decent view seats of be had in side stalls and circles if you know where to sit in a particular theatre, and it's not hard to find out with a little research.   And not all tickets are wildly expensive if you book in good time or know where to look for deals.  Even as someone who doesn't go to the theatre in London that often I've become quickly attuned to that.


As far as theatre cleanliness goes, I agree that many of them are pretty rotten, though I've never been bitten by anyting or seen any mice/rats.  The standard of cleanliness, particularly in the restrooms, varies wildly though.  I think the Dominion and Apollo Victoria aren't bad usually, and the Shaftesbury and Savoy are some of the less pleasant ones I've been in...