It's a shocking disrespect to audiences and devalues the west end even more
Mark Shenton devalues the West End with ridiculous guff like this. Were we all so up in arms when Matt Damon missed a couple of weeks in This Is Our Youth so he could promote the first Bourne sequel? He was a much bigger draw then than Atwell is now. The shows were sold out and his availability changed almost daily. When Maria Friedman took a leave of absence from Chicago to film Joseph, and this overran so much that Chita Rivera came in to cover, did we all moan? Alan Cumming did the same in New York when he was in Cabaret and went to film Titus. Performances of Boy from Oz and How To Succeed were cancelled to allow for Hugh Jackman's and Daniel Radcliffe's prior commitments too. This is nothing new and why such a fuss is being made, I'm really not sure.
Ridiculous! I dont believe they are all on a rota! They auditioned to be cast in A Chorus Line and the paying public have a right at up to £60 a ticket to see that cast (barring illness). I will still maintain that they are ALL contracted to do 8 shows a week like the rest of us are contracted to do 40 hours per week! I am sick to death of all these "professionals" or their fans saying " oooh it's so demanding"- if you can't do it - there are plenty of people who can and do!
Do you not have paid holiday in your job then? I should get onto your union pronto if that's the case.
However ask yourselves - who on earth makes a trip to Newcastle or Sunderland to see a regional production?
People who want to see a show playing in Newcastle or Sunderland?
I haven't been to either of those - there's no easy train from where I am and I've only recently learnt to drive - but I have been on theatre day trips to places like Birmingham, Blackpool, Bristol, Cardiff, Chichester, Colchester, Derby, Edinburgh, Hereford, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Peterborough, Plymouth, Sheffield, Tunbridge Wells, Woking and Worthing, and a couple of times when I've been willing to stay overnight I've been further. I've been to the cinema in places as far apart as Birmingham, Norwich and Sheffield. I enjoy travelling so it's no imposition. In fact I enjoy travelling so much I'd rather go a long distance than see something just up the road because it adds to the adventure.
Once you're used to travelling around these places don't seem a long distance away any more. (There have been times when I've been sitting at home, bored, and decided to go for a walk in the country. And the country I've been for a walk in is Wales. If I can get home the same day it's not a long journey.)
So yes, there are people who travel to see regional productions. Sometimes it's because they enjoy the experience of travel itself. Sometimes it's because they love visiting towns they've never visited before. Sometimes it's because they like to sit in audiences made mainly of regular theatregoers instead of the ooh-it's-him-off-that-sitcom-why-isn't-he-being-funny crowd in the West End. Whatever the reason, they exist.