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#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.

#298408 Away From Home At Jermyn Street Theatre

Posted paplazaroo on 28 March 2014 - 10:29 AM

Plays about gay footballers, they're like buses...

#298406 Hamlet With Benedict Cumberbatch

Posted paplazaroo on 28 March 2014 - 10:19 AM

hmm tempting to join, I was just worried that this may be such a hot ticket that everyone intending to book will buy an orange membership thus rendering the red members with their 'advanced priority booking' all powerful. It's possible I'm over dramatising the battle for tickets. Maybe I'll take the risk on an orange membership and buy an extra ticket to flog online to cover my membership card. Although the downside of the orange membership is I won't get into the red room members club and shall have to stand outside like an irish person on the Titanic.

#297545 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Adrianics on 21 March 2014 - 01:13 PM

View Postjaqs, on 21 March 2014 - 11:06 AM, said:

The spaceship should come for Chenice so she can go study aliens up close.

Yes, you see? This is what I mean when I talk about the show's lack of coherency. Why bother having your main character be interested in aliens if you're then going to have a twist involving aliens without her being in the least bit interested? This would work perfectly well and be in line with the tone of the rest of the show.

#297404 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Steffi on 20 March 2014 - 05:12 PM

Just got an email from the box office telling me the matinee tomorrow starts at 2pm instead of 3pm. I'm guessing that's not just for tomorrow but applies to all matinees.

#296728 Fatal Attraction To The Haymarket?

Posted armadillo on 15 March 2014 - 09:05 AM

Count me another who is glad that theatres don't accept cards for programme sales - what next, the ice cream seller having to faff around for people who 'don't carry cash' but who know perfectly well that it costs a lot more for organisations to accept cards and that every transaction takes longer.

#296730 Fatal Attraction To The Haymarket?

Posted wickedgrin on 15 March 2014 - 09:09 AM

Completely off topic but I hate people who don't have cash on them for small purchases! There are ATM machines everywhere. The time it takes people phaffing around with their pin numbers and waiting for the transaction to be approved! Rant over!