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#297712 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Steffi on 23 March 2014 - 02:12 PM

Lots of rustling with sweet wrappings and such at Once last night. My look of disapproval at the woman next to me obviously wasn't threatening enough though as she proceeded to offer me some sweets in return.

#297713 Theatre Memberships

Posted Lynette on 23 March 2014 - 02:16 PM

The Donmar has just re launched its membership scheme. Check out the most recent details.  I think you can join for £75 which will give you decent priority booking.
Someone has posted that the Barbican will be giving us the Cumberbatch Hamlet next year so if you are a Cumberlady, then check out the Barbican membership as this will be the hottest tic in town.

#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.

#297669 Tonight At 8.30 (Blanche Mcintyre For Ett, Touring)

Posted David J on 23 March 2014 - 01:02 AM

Me too

#297519 Famous People You've Seen In The Audience

Posted EmiCardiff on 21 March 2014 - 10:09 AM

Exactly, sharing on here after the event isn't like say "ohmyGod One Direction are in McDonalds RIGHT NOW"


What I mean is it's different to a general celebrity spot on that we're also looking at who is watching who in what.

Talking of Dervla Kirwan, I had the bonus of sitting near her gorgeous husband Rupert Penry Jones when I went to see her in  'Uncle Vanya' in Chichester. That made my afternoon ;)

#297115 Famous People You've Seen In The Audience

Posted Kathryn2 on 18 March 2014 - 10:32 AM

View PostEmiCardiff, on 18 March 2014 - 09:32 AM, said:

Also someone's got to keep tabs on Alan Rickman....

I won't feel like a 'proper' theatregoer until I've spotted Alan Rickman in an audience!

#295394 Gypsy, Chichester Festival Theatre, 6 Oct - 8 Nov 2014

Posted alec_e10 on 06 March 2014 - 02:27 PM

Imelda Satunton fact - I sat next to her for La Cage at the Menier and told her how I loved her in Cranford, then a little girl came up to her and said "are you the lady in Harry Potter?" - Ah the age difference!!!!!

#294543 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted jean_hunt on 27 February 2014 - 02:05 PM

EmiCardiff makes a good point. In defence of ushers, I have to say FOH in the dress circle at The Full Monty on Monday were fantastic. They asked people still texting to switch off their mobiles as the lights went down (at the start and after the interval), and leapt on the first hint of chatter during the show. If only that guy had been on duty when you were there, craftymiss!!

The wine glasses thing in theatres is incredibly annoying. Some idiot put a half-empty one on the floor behind me during Wicked, then caught it with their foot and emptied the contents all over my bag...

#294150 Miss Saigon Revival Is Happening

Posted St Anne on 24 February 2014 - 10:05 PM

Yes - hearing that Niall is going to be first cover has made me even keener to see this. I may take a chance and wait for his dates - I haven't always been that impressed by Alastair Brammer.

#293855 The Full Monty In The West End

Posted hefferlump on 22 February 2014 - 07:57 PM

I ushered it a few times on tour and loved it so much I'm planning to go to see it in London (and actually pay this time!). Think it's fab - yes, the final scene is a lot of fun, but I liked it mostly because of all the many moving and funny moments all the way through. We got huge standing ovations every single night. Never seen such happy audiences!

#293813 Walking Out

Posted JoeRH on 22 February 2014 - 01:59 PM

I have to say I've only ever done this once when I saw Spamalot... I only went because Carley Stenson was in it. I was stupid to go when it never appealed to me. I have now learnt that I won't go to anymore shows that doesn't appeal to me. However, I waited until the interval to leave. I would never leave in the middle of a scene whether I'm at the front row stalls or back row at the highest level. It's rude to leave in the middle of someone performing.

#293598 Walking Out

Posted Lindsay on 20 February 2014 - 10:20 PM

Not sure if it counts.  But I went to see a Meatloaf tribute act last night in Darlington.  A couple near the first made a huge commotion walking out after just two songs because it wasn't the real Meatloaf.  Quite why you would expect one of the worlds largest superstars to be singing on a wet Wednesday in Darlington on a £20 ticket beats me but they weren't happy and everyone in the stalls and on stage knew about it

#293211 Philip Seymour Hoffman

Posted coramboy on 17 February 2014 - 12:25 PM

I saw him on Broadway two years ago playing Willy Loman in Death Of A Salesman. He was absolutely incredible. One of the finest stage performances I've been lucky enough to see. He was one of my favourite actors. This is so sad.

#293054 Famous People You've Seen In The Audience

Posted Front Row Dress on 15 February 2014 - 08:14 PM

Anneka Rice at Happy Days (Young Vic) on Wednesday, apparently she's doing the tour for a challenge.

#292926 Single Seat Scandal - Going Alone Shouldn't Be A No-Go!

Posted Alexandra on 14 February 2014 - 01:49 PM

Don't forget that you can get round most of these annoying sites by putting all the seats you need to into your basket and then releasing the ones you don't want before paying for the one you do.