Most WE theatres are pretty well identical so why the excitement about seeing new ones? Why not try fringe venues like the Arcola, the Rose, the St James, The Space (anyone else been there?), the Landor, the Lost Theatre where you are at least guarenteed an unrestricted view of the stage?
Whose getting excited? It's just a box ticking exercise for nerdy people who like to make lists (like me).
Whenever I travel for work, usually somebody else has arranged the flights, hotel etc. I just show up at the airport, I never bother to check anything, you just trust them to have done it as it is their job.
What I don't get is how the hell they expect someone London based to be able to vote for a regional production award! Next year they need to stream a performance of each to help us make up our minds lol.
All of the regional nominees were on at venues a reasonable distance from London. Most of the population don't have theatres on their doorsteps.
Oh how I hate ATG, the fact that the booking fee is different depending on if it is a play or a musical is laughable. I used to have an ATG loyalty card, but there are never any offers anymore (as a person who generally goes to the theatre alone agree about the 2 for 1). I will simply book at the box office in the future.
Looking at booking Blue/Orange in Manchester, £10 ticket has a £5.90 booking fee. Not surprising they have hardly sold any tickets.