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#300216 Good People

Posted popcultureboy on 12 April 2014 - 09:52 AM

The problem with this transfer in particular is that it was done so quickly, they haven't had time to build up much in the way of advance sales. Even the most anticipated of shows to come in tend to have more than 10 days to sell tickets prior to the first preview in town. If Imelda Staunton weren't booked up for the rest of 2014 and into 2015 apart from this next 10 weeks, they may have waited to find a more suitable venue for it, rather than rushing it in to the Noel Coward. And yes, with a price hike of over £20 on the top price between West End and Hampstead, that may dissuade a lot of people who weren't successful in seeing it in Hampstead. Another issue may well be people equating quality and quantity. At just 2 hours, including interval, people may well think "I'm not paying £50 for something so short". It's mental, but there are people who think it.

I saw it last night, however, and there hasn't been a more riveting two hours in the theatre yet this year. It's a great play, smart, very funny, heart rending, vicious, bitter, brilliant. Staunton is pitch perfect, absolutely sensational. Lloyd Owen is generically American rather than specifically Boston and has some issues with the physicality of the role, but his verbal sparring with Staunton is fantastic. Special mention though to Angel Coulby, who doesn't appear until the second half and very nearly walks away with the show. She's brilliantly understated and very funny. I would happily see this again and chances are that before it closes, I totally will.

#300128 Andrew Lippa

Posted popcultureboy on 11 April 2014 - 02:23 PM

Start with "Maybe I Like It This Way" from The Wild Party. I absolutely love that song. Then try his Charlie Brown songs. I confess to finding Addams Family an absolute bore and haven't heard any of Big Fish.

#299725 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted popcultureboy on 08 April 2014 - 12:58 PM


#299690 The Scottsboro Boys

Posted popcultureboy on 08 April 2014 - 09:39 AM

Isn't it? We think it's going to the Garrick, we don't think it will last long. Now let's move on :D

#299688 Old Vic New Season

Posted popcultureboy on 08 April 2014 - 09:35 AM

I have gone from 2037th in the queue to 1500th in 20 minutes. I could very well be dead by the time I get on the booking screen.

#298252 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted popcultureboy on 27 March 2014 - 09:55 AM

View PostRadio, on 27 March 2014 - 09:49 AM, said:

The stage didn't seem to like it.

http://www.thestage....tage / Reviews)

Maybe their payment didn't clear in time.

#298098 A Streetcar Named Desire

Posted popcultureboy on 26 March 2014 - 09:48 AM

The website is offline again.

#297960 Blockbuster The Musical

Posted popcultureboy on 25 March 2014 - 01:56 PM

Equally I'm saddened it's not about the game show, with the 11 o'clock number, "I'll Have a P Please, Bob".

#297160 Old Vic New Season

Posted popcultureboy on 18 March 2014 - 03:01 PM

Yes, yes we have.

#297128 Old Vic New Season

Posted popcultureboy on 18 March 2014 - 11:27 AM

So he's doing a very short run of the one man play, Clarence Darrow. I'm far more excited that Kristin Scott-Thomas will be playing the title role in Electra.


#296982 The Full Monty In The West End

Posted popcultureboy on 17 March 2014 - 12:13 PM

View PostMrBarnaby, on 16 March 2014 - 10:37 PM, said:

How bizarre.. It took squillions on tour.

It's a touring show, not a West End show. That was always obvious to me, so the very swift demise isn't unexpected.

#296975 Versailles - Donmar

Posted popcultureboy on 17 March 2014 - 11:30 AM

It doesn't even NEED the second act. All the endless turgid speechifying could have been worked into the third act as drawing room conversation as to his reasons for resigning from working on the Treaty.

#293558 Versailles - Donmar

Posted popcultureboy on 20 February 2014 - 05:28 PM


Thank you so much for the detailed reply, much appreciated!
My problem is that I'm not from London, or even the UK, so I can't really pick and choose my dates or buy much in advance (I assume the standing tickets are bought directly from the box office? will check their site to make sure). I'll try my luck with the Monday thing (I'm aiming at the first week of April), or will head to the BO when I arrive.. or I'll just go and see something else.

If you go to the Donmar website, you can sign up for Front Row info, they'll then email you on a weekly basis with a reminder for what week will be going on sale the following Monday as well. I think you can buy the standing tickets via the website.

#293545 Versailles - Donmar

Posted popcultureboy on 20 February 2014 - 03:19 PM

Standing now seem to be on sale in advance. Front row, you have to be online and ready to go the second they go on sale on the Monday morning. And I would always recommend trying for them as early in the run as possible. It's always a scrum to get them, but if they end up with killer reviews, then the scrum gets much tougher.

#293355 Michael Grandage Season

Posted popcultureboy on 18 February 2014 - 03:22 PM

What? Not even SRB in fishnets giving it his best Marlene Dietrich? What kind of theatre gay are you?