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#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.

#292740 Single Seat Scandal - Going Alone Shouldn't Be A No-Go!

Posted xanderl on 13 February 2014 - 08:50 AM

Single seat bookers fight back



BEIJING (AFP) - Couples looking to enjoy a romantic Valentine's Day at one Chinese cinema will be out of luck this Friday, thwarted by singles who bought up all the odd-numbered seats.
According to the Shanghai Morning Post, a group of Internet users reserved every other seat at a Valentine's night showing of "Beijing Love Story" at a movie theatre in the city's Xintiandi shopping complex.

#292937 Skylight

Posted jaqs on 14 February 2014 - 02:48 PM

In the balcony too. Another one where we'll need badges.

#292901 Shakespeare In Love - Noel Coward Theatre, July 2014

Posted Honoured Guest on 14 February 2014 - 11:23 AM

Also, this is directed and designed by Declan Donellan and Nick Ormerod, who are Cheek by Jowl, which has always cast on theatrical ability and never on star name power.

#292220 Rickson Mulling Mojo Revival

Posted Priscilla's heel on 09 February 2014 - 04:59 PM

Did anyone on here see the final performance last night? Just wondering if anything was said at the curtain call? I hope the cast all do other shows in the West End this year.

#292002 Rickson Mulling Mojo Revival

Posted jaqs on 07 February 2014 - 02:57 PM

I booked months before Matt Smith was announced and there was very little available.

#291832 King Lear - Nt

Posted Nicholas on 05 February 2014 - 09:53 PM

I was at Blurred Lines and hadn't realised the platform was today until I nabbed a ticket (I think I've booked for Lear in a fortnight).  It was one of those lucky moments I've had a few of when I feel a smarter, more informed, better person for having been.  I found what he said about the relationships with the daughters, and about the 'reconciliation' scene that from now on I will have to say in inverted commas, truly enlightening.  As was the stuff about soliloquies, and it's always fascinating to hear an actor buried in the role talking about things like the way Lear and the Fool interact.  And the research.  And the fact that he quite openly said to people who'd just paid £50 to see him that, on certain matters, "I've not quite got there yet".  And he's just so eloquent!  I left this thinking I'd love to see, hear or read SRB do as Ellen Terry did with Shakespeare and deliver it as Atkins is doing at the moment.

That said, last year I attended a Q&A with Mark Rylance about Much Ado which was truly brilliant, informative, enlightening, engaging, eye-opening etc, a truly affecting night (only 45 minutes, even), and then a fortnight later saw the show and...

#291815 King Lear - Nt

Posted steveatplays on 05 February 2014 - 07:25 PM

Magnificent before the interval, very good after the interval. The most furious production I've seen, with the rage and madness of all the characters building in tandem to an absolute fever pitch with Gloucester's blinding.

Anger is the glue that holds Simon Russell Beale's Lear together, avoiding the disjointedness you get with many Lears, where you can't believe that Lear's disowning of Cordelia is the behaviour of the same man that you see thereafter. Here his anger at losing his marbles never dissipates, so he always makes sense. Indeed, the demise of the fool is a brilliantly original culmination of this, and a much better solution to the fool's disappearance from the play than simply to have him hanging from a post as a pre-interval shock tactic.

Truly excellent production, good to see Lear done grandly, instead of the intimate shows we've often had in London. Great use of the Olivier stage, which never sucks up and spits away the drama the way it sometimes can (Cherry Orchard, I'm talking about you).

Absolutely wonderful loving knowing fool from Adrian Scarborough, and superb work by Stanley Townshend as an especially virile yet thoroughly charming And compelling Kent. And Anna Maxwell Martin imbues Regan with just the right amount of sadistic curiosity and sexual attention seeking (note the Miley Cyrus tongue curling) that suggests the exact moment a serial killer realises it's fun to kill people.

At the platform afterwards, SRB spoke of how his hand twitch was the result of his research into a specific kind of hallucination ridden dementia, which informs this performance, in a way research has never informed his performances before.

Overall, unforgettably brilliant. 4 and a half stars. :)

#291760 King Lear - Nt

Posted popcultureboy on 05 February 2014 - 10:04 AM

Stage is quite low, B14 is a tad more central, I think? I'd go with that.

#291749 King Lear - Nt

Posted xanderl on 05 February 2014 - 08:50 AM

I find the front rows at the Olivier a bit cramped so if one of those is on the aisle I'd keep that one.

#291699 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Nev on 04 February 2014 - 06:43 PM

I had an interesting experience at The Light Princess a few weeks ago. I was on my own and sat in one of the cheaper front rows of the Lyttelton. Two ladies arrive and realise that their seats are a few places apart. One of them asks me to swap seats, to which I accepted as the seats were close anyway. I move my bag, coat and shuffle over to my new seat with my wine. Fine.

The lady sits down next to her friend. Two minutes later she comes back to me and says: "You look tall". I just looked at her. She then says "I want my seat back, the guy in front of your seat is really tall". I could hardly believe it! I just took my stuff and moved back to my seat, next to her friend (again).

Her friend then starts chatting away to me like nothing has happened! The guy on her other side had witnessed it all and had a good laugh. To make things better, the man who eventually sat down in front of swap-lady was even taller than the one in front of me. Theatre-kharma at its best!

#291606 The Pajama Game

Posted Minsky on 03 February 2014 - 09:13 PM

View Postcraftymiss, on 19 December 2013 - 12:20 AM, said:

Is Eugene McCoy in it?

#291462 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted *Michael* on 02 February 2014 - 11:33 AM

Had to endure a horrendous pair sat next to me at American Psycho last night.  

As well as the woman coughing every 30s, they were talking through most of the first act until the guy decided to go to the loo.  Clearly wasn't allowed back in as after 20mins the woman out her phone to text him, not even attempting to be discrete (seen by usher - nothing done).  

After the interval, they returned with more drinks in hand.  Started talking again - I politely asked that they were quiet.  Lasted for about 10minutes before they started again - practically shouting over the music.  When I gave them death eyes they told me to 'eff off'.  They then started kissing each other and rubbing each other.    

I then sat with my hand blocking my view of them (I couldn't deal with a second sense being offended by them) and they poked me telling me to 'wake up'.  

Infuriating.  Utter trolls.  They were the exact type that the show was parodying as well - seemed completely lost on them.

#291479 Famous People You've Seen In The Audience

Posted JaszyR91 on 02 February 2014 - 04:05 PM

Andrew Scott at the matinee of Mojo yesterday. :)

#291420 Used Tickets

Posted Cardinal Pirelli on 01 February 2014 - 09:20 PM

Maybe they want an alibi.