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#301636 Good Behaviour At A Show

Posted Adara on 21 April 2014 - 10:31 PM

Being an American, I am used to everyone in the audience being handed a Playbill.  In London theatres, I've always found audience members to be very generous when it comes to sharing their programmes at the interval.  (It is also often a nice excuse to start a friendly conversation with the people next to you.)

But the number one, top of the list, absolute bestest behavior by a fellow audience-member came when I attended a show with a friend who uses a wheelchair.  There were a few steps between the door and our seats, and when I was bouncing the wheelchair (with my friend in it) backward down the steps, a couple of strangers ran up to us, picked up the wheelchair, and carried her down.

#301632 Good Behaviour At A Show

Posted hefferlump on 21 April 2014 - 09:17 PM

Perhaps it isn't quite the same as I was ushering rather than part of the audience, but a couple of weeks ago I'd had a horrible day, had some bad news, cried for hours, but I went in for my shift because I didn't want to drop out and let everyone down last minute. A lovely couple came over to ask me something about upcoming shows and we ended up having a quick chat, and as they left later on they came and found me starting to clean up and thanked me for being so friendly and helpful. Only a little thing but it really cheered me up!

#301596 Good Behaviour At A Show

Posted Honoured Guest on 21 April 2014 - 03:53 PM

Years ago, I spur-of-the-moment queued for a couple of hours for a Saturday night return for Mamma Mia! Less than five minutes to go and I'd reached the head of the queue and was fearing the worst when a party of Norwegians arrived and their head gave me their spare ticket (front centre dress circle) and insistently refused any payment.

#301548 Tkts Booth

Posted Honoured Guest on 21 April 2014 - 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 21 April 2014 - 10:05 AM

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

#300896 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Ian on 16 April 2014 - 10:29 AM

View Posttheatremonkey.com, on 16 April 2014 - 08:10 AM, said:

LOL Steve10068.

A sheesh kebab? Well, if we go for a hog roast, then if we use a long enough spit, it should be possible to do...

... the only question is, how do we politely ask the orchestra not to use the pit during act 1 so that we can get a decent fire going in there and start cooking?

May I suggest two alternatives:-
#1 Quietly lean over the orchestra rail and inform the band that management are about to switch to recorded music for this show.

#2 Invite them to join in - musicians are invariably starving and travel vast distances for free food. Only trouble is there may not be much of the hog left for you.

#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.

#300714 Olivier Predictions

Posted Jon on 14 April 2014 - 10:47 PM

The Audience Award is pointless, it's just rewarding shows that have a fanbase and have just run a long time, I agree that they need to scrap it and let the musicals that have been nominated all perform.

I think they shouldn't any old shows perform at the Oliviers unless they're celebrating an anniversary, these shows don't need the promotions/

#300635 Michael Grandage Season

Posted KevinUK on 14 April 2014 - 11:21 AM

View PostAlf, on 13 April 2014 - 11:13 PM, said:

Unsurprisingly considering the reaction of these boards, they didn't bother to.

Which is right, to be honest. All 5 productions had strong casts, good direction and a healthy box office. When this season was announced there was huge potential for something quite special about the whole affair, but in the end the quality of the works selected let it down. The only one I really enjoyed was Daniel Radcliffe's, which incidentally is the only one to get a transfer.

#300363 Our Esteemed Culture Secretary

Posted Matthew Winn on 13 April 2014 - 05:05 AM

I don't get it. I mean, I understand the point of giving some headline-grabbing halfwit a position in the cabinet to divert attention from the general low-level incompetence of the government as a whole, but it's not supposed to be this obvious. It's like they're not even trying.

#300460 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Catqc on 13 April 2014 - 05:45 PM

View PostFireFingers, on 13 April 2014 - 05:42 PM, said:

All this has givern me an idea. Complimentary (included in ticket price) cloakroom phone charging.  Hand your phone in before the start of the performance, gets charged during the show so the owner can't play with it, collect it when they leave.
At least then nobody could use their phone during the performance!!

#300457 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted FireFingers on 13 April 2014 - 05:42 PM

All this has givern me an idea. Complimentary (included in ticket price) cloakroom phone charging.  Hand your phone in before the start of the performance, gets charged during the show so the owner can't play with it, collect it when they leave.

#300013 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Eastender on 10 April 2014 - 12:12 PM

Well my group was there last night. We were in Row A of the Royal Circle. Excellent seats.
Looking down at the stalls it was very full as far as I could see. The Royal Circle was about 75% full.
And we all enjoyed it a lot. Yes the story has big holes in it and it jumps around all over the place. But you have to admit it is funny. The song lyrics are clever and funny too - although amplified way too loud and sometimes tricky to understand.
The cast gave of their best - lots of laughs for the wind and TrevorModo (surprisingly given the flak he has had on here).

Is it bonkers - Oh YES.
Would I rush back - no but I am very glad we went and we all had a great time.
Would I recommend it - Yes especially if you are an XFactor viewer.
How long will it run - I think it will be lucky to make Christmas unless Simon sees it as a loss leader and worth having it running to help his other stuff - and finances it accordingly.
A good fun night out - Yes
Lots of whooping and hollering at the end - obviously the show was enjoyed.
Will Sondheim fans love it - No.
There you are - thoughts from the man on the Clapham omnibus.

#299947 Birdland - Simon Stephens - Andrew Scott

Posted MrBarnaby on 09 April 2014 - 09:06 PM

He was brilliant on the NT50 show . Made a huge impact in minutes.. Such is his talent.

#299829 What's Happening In Leicester Square

Posted Andromeda Dench on 09 April 2014 - 08:02 AM

View Postxanderl, on 08 April 2014 - 09:53 PM, said:

Wow, I've always wondered!

Thanks for taking one for the team!

Now could you report back on Ripley's Believe it or Not, please :)
You're most welcome, I've sacrificed myself for a greater cause.
In fact, entering the Ripley's did cross my mind since it does give M&m place run for its money (at least from the outside), but apparently, you'd have to pay a ticket to get in. M&M is free, not counting the inevitable life-long emotional scars and therapy bills.