Hi, I'm in my third year of university and for my dissertation I need to know a few basic facts about theatregoers. If you attend the theatre fairly regularly then could you please carry out my survey? It only takes 2 minutes and I would be incredibly grateful! Thanks!
Someone once said that there are two kinds of actor: Olivier is one, the kind that like to transform themselves into parts, often with facial effects and change in gait,a very physical thing and then the other kind represented by Geilgud who are always themselves, no disguises, same voice but manage to convey the roles.
Then there is Antony Sher who completely transforms himself and is still always himself.
My entry pass ended over the summer, and I've just been emailed asking if I'd like to join this membership too. They sell it well, but the truth is I've never struggled to grab a cheap seat for any NT production. Yes they *might* have that 1 show in the future where the cast dictate an instant sellout, but even then I reckon it's down to being organised and ready to buy tickets for such a show when they go on sale. My advice would be to hold off jumping into a membership scheme and try booking tickets without it first. Then if a *must have* comes along join then.
Saw Viva Forever during the week, and the guy next to my friend dropped his phone 2 minutes into the opening number. He stood up, he crouched down on the floor, he banged the seats in front, he shone a torch on his friend's phone etc trying to find it. I timed him - he spent the first 30 minutes looking for it - gradually becoming verbally annoyed he couldn't find it.
After 30 minutes he decided that it must have fallen into my friend's handbag - he asked her to check (which she did), and then accused her of stealing his phone when she said it wasn't in her bag! After about 50 minutes I swung my feet under my own chair and found it, so my friend passed it to him: not a single word of thanks.
Thankfully he had the decency not to return after the interval. I know if can be frustrating if you don't know where your phone is at any given time (especially considering the cost of iPhones), but once the curtain goes up and you can't find it after 5 minutes, there's nothing left to do but wait until the interval, surely?
I can understand why handing the phone back would aid your enjoyment of the show, but wouldn't it have been tempting to send the phone scuttling forward three rows with a kick whilst you swung your feet under your chair
Monday - Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursday & Saturday at 2.30pm
£10 - £54.50
All tickets will be £15 on Mondays. Half of these will be made available through a special outreach scheme, targeted towards schools and first-time theatregoers. The other half will be released to the public on the first day of each month, starting on the 1 February 2013, and will be available online or at Trafalgar Studios box office.
Day seats will be available for £10 Tuesday through Saturday.
I see from the "All That Fall" thread that Trevor Nunn's phone off went in the auditorium the other night! Perhaps Trev and Peter did it for a bet. If someone sees a drunk Richard Eyre singing along loudly at Jersey Boys and Nicholas Hytner elbowing people out of the way at the stage door of Wicked to give a birthday cake to Ben Freeman we'll have the full set of badly behaving National Theatre Artistic Directors.
The gone to hell scene at the end is as noted above now played out in a doorway with some dry ice which supposedly makes the militia so scared that they let everyone else go, maybe they had a bad experience at the Naples Roxy one Friday night that put them off dry ice for life.
Sounds like "Stars in their Eyes"
"Tonight, Matthew, I'm going to be DAMNED BY DESPAIR!"