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#301550 Tkts Booth

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on Today, 10:53 AM

I always go to the theatre box office if I'm booking on the day. After all, they are the ones who give an allocation to Tkts (and Tkts will occasionally ring through asking for more tix to be released to them, if they're selling well there), and more often than not, the box office will give you a better price than Tkts and not charge a booking fee either.


#301548 Tkts Booth

Posted Honoured Guest on Today, 10:52 AM

The TKTS booth provides a very useful service to tourists who might otherwise be scalped by the many disgusting quasi-criminal ticket agencies and individuals (Sajid Javid's lauded "entrepreneurs") surrounding it around Trafalgar Square.


#301542 Tkts Booth

Posted wickedgrin on Today, 10:05 AM

Or you fail to win the lottery for the Book of Mormon!


#301529 Closer Than Ever, Jermyn Street Theatre

Posted fringefan on Today, 05:55 AM

I ws surprised not to find a thread for this (apologies, mods, if I missed one), so thought I'd post the details:

6th May to 7th June 2014

Graham Bickley, Sophie-Louise Dann,
Arvid Larsen and Issy van Randwyck
in
Maltby and Shire's

CLOSER THAN EVER

Directed by Richard Maltby, Jr
Musical director Nathan Martin
Music by David Shire
Lyrics by Richard Maltby. Jr


Winner of the Off-Broadway Alliance Award
Best Musical Revival 2012


Olivier Award nominees Graham Bickley (Ragtime, Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard), Sophie-Louise Dann (Lend Me a Tenor, Sunday in the Park with George, Gay's the Word) and Issy van Randwyck (Kiss Me Kate, A Little Night Music, Fascinating Aida) join West End lead Arvid Larsen (Eurobeat, Jesus Christ Superstar) in the new version of the legendary musical - directed by Tony Award winner Richard Maltby, Jr (Miss Saigon, Starting Here Starting Now, Ain't Misbehavin').

Tuesday to Saturday 7.30pm, Saturday/Sunday matinees 3.30pm


#301294 Urinetown

Posted steveatplays on 19 April 2014 - 10:01 PM

Caught this for the second time tonight, and loved everything about this show all over again.

Last time, I opted for the Time Out offer, and was allocated Row F. This time, I went for restricted view front row, and I was taken aback by just how intimate it is down there. As Seriously observes, alot of the acting is performed right at the front of the stage, so the performers are one foot away from you. It was wonderful fun, exciting and involving, though I found the blood a little more repulsive up close than I found it from further back.

Richard Fleeshman and Simon Paisley Day were off. Fleeshman is apparently still struggling with his voice, and appears every two days or so to have another go, before taking time off again. Paisley Day is having one week of scheduled holiday.

As I have seen them both, I was interested to see their understudies this time round.

Adam Pearce is really solid as Cladwell, reminding me a little of the bald-headed Albert Finney in the Annie film, though he is not old enough to be Hope's father, and is more of a villainous caricature than Paisley Day.

The revelation though is Matthew Seadon-Young as Bobby Strong. While he doesn't have that bottled heroic virile boyish likeability that Fleeshman does, he has a much stronger voice, tender when he needs it to be, but full bodied when the songs swell, and all-encompassing during "Look at the Sky." With him in the part, "Run Freedom Run" became an all out tour de force. And make no mistake, he is likeable and funny too, but he earns his likeability and heroism by playing the part, whereas Fleeshman effortlessly embodies those qualities without trying.

My favourite players remain Jonathan Slinger and Jenna Russell because they bring a knowing comic levity to their performances that lifts this dark, fabulous and tuneful musical to the next level.

In the unlikely event of a transfer, I promise to go again. :)


#301284 Once London

Posted Steffi on 19 April 2014 - 09:10 PM

View Postfreckles, on 11 April 2014 - 08:13 AM, said:

Does anyone know what's happening when Arthur Darvill leaves in May?
David Hunter will be Guy for a month. After that someone else takes over (I don't know who).


#300937 The Oliviers - The Results

Posted mallardo on 16 April 2014 - 05:52 PM

View PostMrBarnaby, on 15 April 2014 - 09:47 PM, said:

I agree... She has a great career ahead and her Olivier moment will come.

Zrinka... I think that may be it for her here..

Can't agree with you, Mr. B.  Zrinka is a wonderful actress who sings beautifully and is drop dead gorgeous.  Why on earth shouldn't she go on to have a big international career?  I fully expect her to do so.


#300777 The Pajama Game

Posted wickedgrin on 15 April 2014 - 01:11 PM

Just in Pajama bottoms too!


#300715 Olivier Predictions

Posted Sam4God on 14 April 2014 - 11:02 PM

I disagree. I think it's great to celebrate some of the older long-running shows each year, as well the new shows. Yes, the Audience award itself may be a bit pointless, but some of these shows (particularly the very popular ones who make it to the top 4 each year) are a big part of the West End. It's not like they perform at the actual awards ceremony or anything. Just a little pre-Oliviers event to promote theatre to the crowds in Covent Garden. I think it's brilliant.


#300616 Andrew Lippa

Posted Reich on 14 April 2014 - 09:53 AM

Thanks guys. I’ve listened to some bits and thought it was ok. Thought it was ok enough to take a chance on the concerts at the Menier but not at £25. This venue get more expensive with each new production … I’ll wait for the offers which I’ve noticed is happening more and more at the Menier …


#300334 Sunset Boulevard Doc

Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 12 April 2014 - 11:30 PM

Sorry if been posted before but too awesome not to share



I'd quite like to hear just the piano version!


#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)


#300037 Time To Support Theatre On Forum!

Posted Kathryn2 on 10 April 2014 - 03:26 PM

Absolutely this forum should be an exchange of views. But it is as tiresome when you genuinely have a positive view of a show to be told that your view is wrong, or lacking, or have it implied that you work for the production or are being paid, as it is to be taken to task for a negative opinion.

Please, folks, accept that other people may react to a show differently than you did. People who enjoyed a show deserve just as much respect for their opinion as the people who didn't.


#299982 Our Esteemed Culture Secretary

Posted xanderl on 10 April 2014 - 08:52 AM

He is interested in art, apparently he has a picture of Margaret Thatcher up on his office wall.


#299964 Urinetown

Posted mjr on 10 April 2014 - 12:09 AM

Putting it together did extremely well in that theatre. A shorter run I admit but sold out almost for the final fortnight!