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#298238 Booing

Posted xanderl on 27 March 2014 - 08:34 AM

Probably my favourite booing story of the last few years ...



Some will be rightly squeamish about what took place. Booing is nasty and cruel. In Germany, it comes freighted with a dark history, too. It is particularly devastating for singers, who are doing their best, often in difficult circumstances. But Castorf seemed to revel in it, almost as if the audience verdict was a badge of honour or a vindication. He stood on the stage for more than 10 minutes, mocking his detractors with a thumbs up, ironic applause and dismissive waves. Castorf's response enraged the audience even more. There is no way to know who would have won this battle of wills had not Petrenko diffidently put his head around the curtain to remind Castorf that the orchestra still had to take its traditional end-of-cycle bow. (The orchestra was cheered to the heavens.)

#298100 Barbican - International Ibsen

Posted xanderl on 26 March 2014 - 10:02 AM

This sounds interesting ...


#297983 A Streetcar Named Desire

Posted xanderl on 25 March 2014 - 04:16 PM

In which case they should have postponed booking rather than sell all the tickets to people within walking distance!

#297718 Theatre Memberships

Posted xanderl on 23 March 2014 - 02:57 PM

Good idea for a thread!

So, I'll take it as read that the real reason anyone would join a membership scheme is for the altruistic warm fuzzy feeling of supporting the arts. But lets look at the other advantages ...

I've been a member of the Barbican for a few years, it's a good value scheme: as well as priority booking you get a 20% discount on tickets for most theatre (exception is for the odd very hot ticket or external production - eg no discount on the RSC shows), most contemporary music events, and the cinemas. No discounts on classical events for reasons that are not clear to anyone. Also free entry to the gallery (normally £12 I think, 2 or three exhibitions a year). Plus a 15% discount in the cafes and bars.

One thing to watch is that discounts are limited - so after a while you may find there are no discounted seats left for your membership level. Quite unusual for this to happen, and it won't if you book early.

I'm an orange member - the middle level at £40 per year. Red membership is £100 and gets you a longer priority booking period, other benefits pretty much the same.

#297038 Pre-Theatre Restaurant Recommendations

Posted xanderl on 17 March 2014 - 07:33 PM

I like Cote which is cheaper than it looks particularly if you use the pre-theatre menu. Trying to kick my Byron burger habit!

#296899 Shortest Run?

Posted xanderl on 16 March 2014 - 06:19 PM

The Telegraph on Intimate Revue ...


After some of the scene changes began taking up to 20 minutes each, the management hastily scrapped seven scenes in order to get to the finale before midnight.

Sounds like the current show at the Palladium.

An unexpectedly short run was Enron on Broadway - axed a week after press night.

#296859 The Full Monty In The West End

Posted xanderl on 16 March 2014 - 01:05 PM

View Postxanderl, on 16 March 2014 - 11:03 AM, said:

The play's official twitter feed is denying the story, but maybe they haven't been told yet!

The tweets denying this have now disappeared.

#296639 New Lee Hall Play At The Nt 2016

Posted xanderl on 14 March 2014 - 12:18 PM

Working title - The Trenchman Tenors.

I may have made that up but offer it to Lee Hall for free.

#296620 Man & Superman (With Ralph)

Posted xanderl on 14 March 2014 - 08:45 AM

Didn't know you could do that!

#296171 Blithe Spirit, Gielgud Theatre

Posted xanderl on 11 March 2014 - 07:40 AM

View Postalec_e10, on 10 March 2014 - 12:41 PM, said:

Oh I think I worked with someone called Angie Dickinson years ago, so thanks for pointing out my error.
Nothing gets past your forum people does it!


I was genuinely intrigued as I wondered if Sandra Dickinson had her own understudy! She was something of a celeb back in the day so its surprising to see her being an understudy. Actually I'd be interested to see her as Madame Arcati!

#295893 Blithe Spirit, Gielgud Theatre

Posted xanderl on 09 March 2014 - 05:57 PM

I think the fact that the price of most of the stalls seats is a higher figure than Dame Angela's impressive age might be putting some people off!

#295667 Do I Hear A Waltz?

Posted xanderl on 07 March 2014 - 06:19 PM

Anyway, Mallardo, the lesson of this discussion is that you need to see Do I Hear a Waltz regardless, otherwise you'll be back here in a few years saying its the only one you've not seen!

#295665 Do I Hear A Waltz?

Posted xanderl on 07 March 2014 - 06:14 PM

Given past form I would hope the Menier would pick up one or two of these at some point!

#295624 Do I Hear A Waltz?

Posted xanderl on 07 March 2014 - 03:24 PM

The Stage is a bit middling - http://www.thestage....i-hear-a-waltz-

I'll be seeing it anyway, have to tick it off as a Sondheim completist!

#295596 1984 At The Almeida

Posted xanderl on 07 March 2014 - 01:42 PM

As Jon says, a very impressive hit rate!

Looking at the prices I'm glad I saw it from a £16 stalls seat when it toured last year.