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In Topic: X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

11 April 2014 - 09:16 AM

Quite simply I would not have gone. The most I have paid for anything was £50 for a box at the RAH for Classical Spectacular. Even these days you can get group seats for under £40 for just about anything (we are usually a small group of between 10 and 20 punters - if you have 50 or more you can usually cut another tenner off the price). But there is no doubt that the theatres are, more and more, not selling the 'best' top price seats to groups. This actually annoys me a lot as invariably we seem to end up on the ends of rows in the stalls. This is why we went 'upstairs' for ICantSing and we got a much better experience.

In Topic: X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

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 !!

In Topic: X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

10 April 2014 - 01:23 PM

Sorry just me being a bit naughty. I am very glad you enjoyed it.

In Topic: X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

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.

In Topic: Pre-Theatre Restaurant Recommendations

28 March 2014 - 02:45 PM

How about Shampers , on Kingly St near the Palladium. Very old fashioned wine bar - no music, candles on the tables but still quite dark. In fact I will be there with my group in 2 weeks before we hit 'I Cant Sing'.