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#301681 Good Behaviour At A Show

Posted Emsworthian on 22 April 2014 - 01:51 PM

Not so much  "random act of kindness" story, more a counterbalance to stories about dreadful schools' behaviour:

A couple of years ago I saw a production of "Journey's End" at the Kings Theatre, Southsea.  When I booked a matinee ticket I was warned by the box office that it was a schools' matinee so I feared the worse.  All the schoolchildren were impeccably behaved and a credit to their schools.

I was chatting to some of the pupils sitting in front of me who were  studying the play at school. One asked: " I wonder how they will stage the end?" and her friend said:  "On, no, we can't discuss that as we might spoil it for the lady (me) who doesn't know the play"

#300382 Urinetown

Posted sam22 on 13 April 2014 - 08:24 AM

Next to normal?!

#300125 National Theatre Lets War Horse Musicians Go

Posted Orchestrator on 11 April 2014 - 01:55 PM

The quote from the NT about the War Horse musicians costs being 25% of the NT's music budget of £1M doesn't ring true. West End transfers shouldn't be costing the NT anything at all (for any department); transfers should be completely self-sufficient. Not so long ago the budget for plays at the NT covered live incidental music from 1 musician in the Cottesloe, 3 in the Lyttleton and 5 in the Olivier, and that's before you budget for a musical. The music budget also covers composers, music copying, attendance of musicians in rehearsals, the teaching of songs etc. to actors.

#299989 Time To Support Theatre On Forum!

Posted freckles on 10 April 2014 - 10:20 AM

A forum is designed for an exchange of views.

I'm getting a bit tired of people being slapped down for not praising everything to the heights - whether they are critics, members of forums or people on social media. The ultimate measure of success is surely the production itself, and I see no harm in forum members discussing their views freely. Of course, as with all forums there will always be trolls & extremists, but there are enough heartfelt, genuine contributors on WOS to make it a very useful & interesting resource.

I too feel that I support theatre by buying tickets (and programmes & drinks etc) but if I really didn't rate a production, I don't see any harm in sharing my views. I am interested to hear what others have to say when I'm thinking of booking something and it would be a great loss to me if everybody were unerringly positive and "supportive" at the expense of honest opinion. Of course, I am the first to share when I absolutely love something too.

I know there has been discussion in the media recently about the effect of word-of-mouth and social media on the success, or failure, of a show but think there is a very real danger of social media platforms being hi-jacked by PR bods rather than genuine theatre goers. (Even on these boards, you know who you are!) Many productions use social media as an aspect of their publicity; for some smaller, underfunded shows it is often relied upon as the primary means of promotion. Hence sometimes what one reads online does not truly reflect how the majority of the audience reacted, or how well a show is selling. I've seen at least two fringe productions that were so talked up on twitter that you'd have thought they could have instantly transferred to & filled the Palladium, yet when I saw them, they were seriously lacking. I think the lines between PR and genuine debate are becoming blurred, and feel forum members have a duty to maintain the WOS Forum as a platform for genuine comment & opinion.

So carry on with your observations; I'm going to & I doubt our comments can ever really be blamed for closing a show, the responsibility for that does lie with the production itself.

#300102 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Eastender on 11 April 2014 - 08:52 AM

Fair point re ticket prices - but that is really a whole new thread for discussion.
This was a group booking done within a week of the tickets being put on sale.
So I got 12 seats for £29.50 each. And by booking early I more or less could pick the best seats that Groupline had. And I can certainly recommend Row A in Royal Circle. I usually go for the stalls but these were excellent.
I do not know whether the offer of £29.50 for top price seats (12+) is still around.
I only book top price seats - when tickets are so expensive you need the best seats to get the most from a show. I have been running my theatre group now for over 20 years and we have seen over 120 shows - all musicals or comedies. We dont do serious !!

#300035 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Kathryn2 on 10 April 2014 - 03:19 PM

View PostIcansinguk, on 10 April 2014 - 03:05 PM, said:

Jokes aside, I would'nt pay the top price of £87 to see this or any show....

Indeed. There's very few musicals around that it's necessary to pay top price to see and enjoy, even if you don't get a discounted ticket, but I was under the impression that producers allow for a certain percentage of tickets to be discounted in their business plan anyway, and that 'premium' seats often end up being discounted on the day.

I certainly didn't pay top price for A Chorus Line, the last show I saw at the Palladium. I think the last musical I bought a top-price, full-price ticket for was Matilda, and that was only because I had theatre tokens to spend.

#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.

#297873 ATG Present Annie Get Your Gun Starring Emma Williams And Norman Pace

Posted Dawnstar on 24 March 2014 - 09:05 PM

For those - and I confess I'm one of them - not overjoyed at the prospect of seeing Jason Donovan, a handy list of shows he won't be doing ;-) http://www.musicalth...r-gun-tour.html (Thanks to a friend for pointing it out to me.)

#299010 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Honoured Guest on 01 April 2014 - 10:57 PM

View PostRadio, on 01 April 2014 - 12:05 PM, said:

On Saturday they were moving people with upper circle seats into the stalls.

I'd quite like to move some of the repetitive detractors of this show from the upper circle to the stalls - the fast way.

#298394 Hamlet With Benedict Cumberbatch

Posted paplazaroo on 28 March 2014 - 08:11 AM

Crikey, at 100 quid a year for advanced membership to guarantee a ticket it's pricing me out. I just hope they do day seats for this

#297899 Famous People You've Seen In The Audience

Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 25 March 2014 - 01:00 AM

That American producer lady of (musical) Happy Days in the bar of I Can't Sing. I was gona mince around her so that she could tell me she loves the gays but would prefer if I time it down, but I got a glass of rosť instead

#297908 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted theatremonkey.com on 25 March 2014 - 09:15 AM

Idiot at “Blithe Spirit” (loved it, Lansbury is ‘pure theatrical Sanatogen’) resting box of Maltesers on floor, bending down to pick one out every few minutes. Anyway:

Hello Dragons. I am seeking an investment in my new invention: “scratch and sniff” theatre programmes, impregnated with chloroform.

“Good evening, person sitting in front of me” (humming along, eating crisps, checking phone), “would you” (scratches programme) “like a free programme, as I have two?” (leans over and holds right in front of person’s nose)...

#297301 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted KevinUK on 19 March 2014 - 07:28 PM

View PostBurlyBeaR, on 19 March 2014 - 06:46 PM, said:

As someone unlikely to see this unless it tours, I can only say it sounds typically Harry Hill i.e slightly mental in a very funny way. Why would he do anything else? This is the man who has people dressed as hot dogs bashing eachother while the audience shout FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT on his TV show.

Sometimes you just need someone to come along and turn things upside down. Shake it up. It's not exactly calling out to the Sondheim crowd given the subject matter so why not just go with it?

From what I've read so far I'd rather see this then some crappy version of Happy Days or another cheap Grease production any day.

As much as people are calling the show out on problems, i'd say most of us on here enjoyed it - which if you go back to the start of the thread, is quite the turn around!

It has it's problems but I enjoyed it, nonetheless. I think many of us here have certain expectations as we take theatre seriously, but sometimes all you want is to sit back, switch off and have a good laugh.

The fact the performers in this are extremely strong, the songs are adequate fluff and the script isn't trying to by anything it isn't, just compliment what I think the show is trying to be - something you switch off at and just enjoy for what it is without thinking too much (I mean, are the masses that see less than 3 shows a year going to question the need for the Hunchback, or the Tesca song, or the lack of Storyline for the lead in act 2?).

#293468 Garrick.

Posted Front Row Dress on 19 February 2014 - 06:59 PM

Hopefully the builders.

#292573 Jersey Boys Cast (And Theatre) Change 2014

Posted Steffi on 12 February 2014 - 08:05 AM

View Postpaplazaroo, on 12 February 2014 - 08:03 AM, said:

Any ideas what Ryan's offer too good to refuse could be? I hope it's onstage still, I don't quite get his solo stuff,
It is onstage. He is recording a new Suntan (one of his bands) album as well but the offer refers to a show.