Jump to content


Member Since 11 Aug 2008
Offline Last Active Today, 04:23 AM

#301721 Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Seating Question

Posted jean_hunt on Yesterday, 11:39 PM

Did those who saw Faust enjoy it? I was there tonight. Struggled a bit to hear Terfel and Calleja over the orchestra to begin with, but that soon settled down. I'd watched the filmed version from a few years ago before I went, so that I knew the story. I have to say I much preferred the live production. Lovely to hear all the "bravos" for Terfel and Keenlyside at curtain call, too.

#301726 Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Seating Question

Posted Music Man on Today, 01:23 AM

I was at Faust on the 14th and just loved it. I thought the sound from stalls circle was spot on and I was amazed just how clear the vocals were. Thought the whole evening was wonderful and the 3.5 hours just flew by.  A great night.

#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!

#301400 Ep On Sunday - Radio 2

Posted MrBarnaby on 20 April 2014 - 03:02 PM

Matthew Hembley was useless. All he did was come on and repeat 'news' that was 3 weeks old.

I'm amazed anyone still listens to it to be honest. EP is truly hideous to listen to and she ruins it. I'd rather Michael Ball presented it, he's a good broadcaster, and can be genuinely funny.

#301516 Tell Me On A Sunday Question

Posted Reich on 20 April 2014 - 11:42 PM

When I saw it MW didn't do the encore (knackered / couldn't be arsed / voice wasn't up to it / wanted to get down the pub) so the broadcast was quite accurate

#300656 The Oliviers - The Results

Posted Gregor on 14 April 2014 - 01:21 PM

Nothing short of a disgrace for ITV to completely miss out the performances from The Sound of Music and Tell Me On A Sunday in the Opera House, and to not broadcast a single syllable of Maria Friedman's acceptance speech for Best Musical Revival. Unforgivable.

#300496 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Matthew Winn on 13 April 2014 - 08:33 PM

View Postsam22, on 13 April 2014 - 05:13 PM, said:

I don't see the problem with using the socket, see your point about electricity but in the digital age people expect to be able to use chargers in restaurants, cafes, on the train etc so why not in the theatre? The grossly inflated ticket prices in the last few years can surely cover the few people who decide to use a plug for a few minutes

There's quite a difference between making use of a socket that is explicitly advertised as being for public use and assuming that any socket you happen to see is there for your own personal purposes.

#300476 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Steve10086 on 13 April 2014 - 06:57 PM

View PostDawnstar, on 13 April 2014 - 06:34 PM, said:

I'd better retract my post from yesterday then, as most people seem to think it's fine. I had two issues with it, apart from the stealing electricity point brought up already: 1) leaving a phone with a trailing wire attached lying in an aisle where people would not be expecting it is a trip hazard & 2) in a theatre as old as Her Majesty's goodness knows what state wiring could be in so it might potentially cause a fire risk. Sorry if I sound like a health & safety lecture.

No, I agree with you.  Wouldn't dream of charging my phone in a theatre!  Though if it's now acceptable maybe I'll bring a toaster next time I go to the theatre, and make myself an interval snack.

#300205 Good People

Posted Honoured Guest on 12 April 2014 - 08:37 AM

View PostParsley, on 11 April 2014 - 10:55 PM, said:

Surprise surprise

Another play with delusions of grandeur gone astray in the in the WE

Discounts abundant for this

"Delusions of grandeur" is a bit unfair. This play has been a box office sell-out at Hampstead Theatre and it's desirable to extend its life so that more people can see it. The same situation holds with The Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic.

The problem is that the only option for extensions of popular productions in small subsidised London theatres seems to be the commercial West End, which I agree is the kiss of death for most of these shows.

It would be far better for most of these productions if there were a network of modern halfway-house theatres of maybe 500 or 600 seats, possibly with some limited subsidy, where popular subsidised productions from London and the rest of the UK could transfer for extended runs, while there is an audience for them.

The Young Vic practice of second runs at home for some of their productions is a good step in this direction, but it's obviously limited by the theatre's requirement to keep up a stream of new producions.

#299695 Old Vic New Season

Posted xanderl on 08 April 2014 - 09:48 AM

Nice that there's a ticket scrum I'm not part of for a change so I can observe from a safe distance :)

#299580 The James Plays

Posted Latecomer on 07 April 2014 - 11:44 AM

View Postdallardice, on 07 April 2014 - 11:33 AM, said:

I logged in bang on 8.30am - pressing refresh until the dates went live - and there weren't any £15 seats for the three-in-a-day as soon as booking opened.

I suspect the overlap between "nutters who would see 3 plays in a day" and "people with Advance Membership in order to secure £15 tickets" is quite large!!!!

#299567 Urinetown

Posted xanderl on 07 April 2014 - 10:32 AM

So it's pissed off then?

#299412 Olivier Award Nomination Predictions 2014

Posted FireFingers on 05 April 2014 - 01:55 PM

4+ hr award show, and the Covent Garden outdoor stage, all condensed into less than 2 hours including ad breaks? Hopefully it'll be light on speeches and heavy on performances.

#299188 The Play That Goes Wrong

Posted Ryan on 03 April 2014 - 12:14 PM

If it's the same one that was at the Trafalgar Studios last year then it is quite frankly brilliant.