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#297521 Famous People You've Seen In The Audience

Posted Andromeda Dench on 21 March 2014 - 10:38 AM

View PostEmiCardiff, on 21 March 2014 - 10:09 AM, said:

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 ;)

We should start reporting fake theatre sightings of One Direction and similar celebrities with massive followings - that way more people would start going to theatre and perhaps the tickets prices would go down (I'm desperate).

#297516 Famous People You've Seen In The Audience

Posted vickster51 on 21 March 2014 - 09:37 AM

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

I think in this thread it's also a lot about scoping out which theatre people are seeing which shows, as we don't restrict our "stalking" to actors but to playwrights, directors, Artistic Directors etc. Personally I think it's interesting if say Josie Rourke was spotted at a new playwright's work in a fringe theatre, or if big film directors are spotted watching a particular actor they're later revealed to be working with etc.

That and it's just fun! We all like to gossip (otherwise we wouldn't be on these boards) often some of theatre actors we spot out and about would be met with a resounding 'who?' from our everyday friends.

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

I agree. I find it interesting to hear who has seen what, whether they are an actor, director or playwright etc. Plus everyone on here has the common sense not to post at say the interval so the people spotted are not at risk of being bothered by people being alerted to them being there. I am always fascinated to see what people in the Arts choose to see in their own time. Latest spot for me was Dervla Kirwan at yesterday's matinee of Ghosts.

#297474 Famous People You've Seen In The Audience

Posted Minsky on 20 March 2014 - 09:19 PM

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

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

May I volunteer!

#297240 The Full Monty In The West End

Posted stefy69 on 19 March 2014 - 09:15 AM

View Postzahidf, on 19 March 2014 - 09:03 AM, said:

A petition? Really? It's probably a good play, but it's only a play.

And someone was coming all the way from Japan specifically for the show??? Really?

Also the coach coming from Richmond with over 300 people must be a b****y big coach !

#297213 Walking Out

Posted FireFingers on 18 March 2014 - 09:52 PM

Used to love people not coming back after the interval when I was mixing Avenue Q. Obviously puppet sex was a little too much for some people.

#297148 Famous People You've Seen In The Audience

Posted Andromeda Dench on 18 March 2014 - 02:44 PM

I don't see either how noticing famous people in the audience could be construed as stalkerish behaviour... Unless you're an Alan Rickman fan attending theatre shows just because you know he's bound to be at one.

#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!

#295462 Famous People You've Seen In The Audience

Posted poppy7 on 06 March 2014 - 10:03 PM

View PostAlexandra, on 02 March 2014 - 08:48 AM, said:

Yes, of course it is. I suspect HG is like me a bit allergic to this stalky thread, but here we are reading it anyway.
Well there is stalking and then there is stalking... the difference between saying you saw someone who is known to the public at large in a public place... and saying you saw them while you were staring with binoculars through their sitting room window.

#297010 Long Runners

Posted Jon on 17 March 2014 - 03:32 PM

War Horse I think is more prone to closing since it's more expensive to run than your average play but it's still sells so it's safe for now.

#297030 Pre-Theatre Restaurant Recommendations

Posted alec_e10 on 17 March 2014 - 06:00 PM

If you want something for a special theatre treat but wont break the bank then The Criterian restaurant next to the theatre in Piccadilly Circus does a pre theatre set meal - 2 courses for £20 and 3 for £25 which includes a Bellini
You book via Top Table.

#296980 Pre-Theatre Restaurant Recommendations

Posted Viserys on 17 March 2014 - 11:59 AM

I think the "German place" you mean is the Belgo Central, which is Belgian?

I agree with Chipotle though, one of these easy-going places where you can sit alone by the window and don't feel stupid being a solo diner. Feel the same about Leon, which I also enjoy visiting when I'm alone.

For a "proper" place I'd recommend Dishoom (next door to Jamie's Italian I think?) which feels like a more easy-going Indian place than the typical Indian restaurants around the West End and I love their food.

Another place I recently discovered is the Brazilian chain Cabana that's starting to spread and does great Brazilian food. There's one on Upper Street (near the Almeida) and another one in the new-fangled "Piazza" in St. Giles, basically next door to the Shaftesbury Theatre.

#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...

#294382 Why Is Webber Crucified Whilst Sondheim Revered?

Posted mallardo on 26 February 2014 - 06:58 AM

View PostCoggit, on 26 February 2014 - 03:48 AM, said:

I like both Webber and Sondheim... but I've always found this odd (and commented in the past about it). The entire score of Merrily could quite easily slide into Company and no one would batter an eyelid. Even my partner, who isn't a musical fan and has only seen 2 Sondheim pieces at that point (West Side Story and Company) said at the cinema showing of Merrily "This sounds the same as that musical about that Bobby guy".

Whilst it's no doubt Webber recycles music, it is no where near as "bad" as Sondheim.

I can't say it bothers me either way, though...

Sure Sondheim has a "sound".  What composer doesn't?  But to say Merrily and Company are musically interchangeable is just not true.  Merrily, in particular, has a sound world all its own, a unique one for Sondheim, in that it's about songwriters and it's much more pop oriented.

#294357 Why Is Webber Crucified Whilst Sondheim Revered?

Posted Dawnstar on 25 February 2014 - 10:53 PM

View PostTitan, on 25 February 2014 - 06:13 PM, said:

Its not paranoia,  some people do look down on alw fans and people who dont like sondheim. Not all obviously but some

I am reminded of when I saw Putting It Together in Guildford last year. At the performance I went to were a number of Sondheim society members. The woman I was sitting next to asked me if I was a member and when I replied in the negative she turned away & ignored me for the rest of the time. Evidently for her just attending a Sondheim show wasn't good enough if you weren't a society member! No wonder some Sondheim fans are considered MT snobs.

Personally I like some Sondheim shows but there are others I would never see, objecting to the plots rather than the music e.g. Sweeney Todd. Likewise with ALW I really like some of his shows but not others. This is how I am with most composers, I like or dislike on a show by show basis, rather than a blanket like or dislike.

#294047 Cabin Pressure

Posted bohemia on 24 February 2014 - 12:56 PM

I applied for tickets but unfortunately didn't get them. Cabin Pressure is my failsafe instant cheer/cure for a crap day. Sad that this is the last but I completely appreciate why. I just hope it's success encourages more radio of the same calibre, and sparks a continued interest in it as a medium.