ATG is particularly annoying for this, as you can't leave a single seat or a set of three seats.
Yes, that really bugs me. I go to the ATG theatres around south London a fair bit, and there's no chance of persuading friends to venture that far south, so it's single seats or nothing. Sadler's Wells (I go to a lot of dance) is also irritating, at least if you buy the slightly restricted view seats on the side of the front of the second circle.
It's not just the seat booking issue but 2-for-1 deals which annoy me - and often supposedly made as loyalty offers from theatres at which I am a regular. Half-price for one would cost them the same (and at least result in one sale), but can they see this?
Speaking as someone who has just dumped Tastecard because I can rarely use it for the 50% off pre-theatre because so many venues only offer 2-4-1, I totally agree with you. It's single-ist!
I go to the theatre by myself about half the time and the only thing I miss is not being able to talk about the play at the interval. Perhaps we lone WOSers should get badges so we can spot each other at the bar.
Agree that interval-killing can be tiresome when you're on your own. Fortunately, when I go to dance events it's pretty rare that I don't spot other people I know during the interval, so I can talk to them.
Found a sneaky way round not leaving single tickets, well it works if there's more than 2 together in a row. I open more than 1 window and put the extra seats around it in a basket, then buy the 1 i want in a separate browser. Still annoying if there's only 2 and you just want 1.
Good tip, thanks!
Also agree about the hassle of trying to coordinate if you're going with other people. It's happened so often over the years that a friend has said "We must go and see X" and we end up running out of time because we can't coordinate our diaries that now I get a bit more callous and go on my own if necessary. It also leaves me free to make a last-minute decision about something.