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#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.

#294014 Cabin Pressure

Posted fringefan on 24 February 2014 - 09:32 AM

Sorry to hear that Cabin Pressure is coming to an end, but take the point about ending on a high (nice pun, EmiCardiff!) and I do hope R4 continues to broadcast more of this traditional type of comedy.  The Castle is another of my favourites.  I can't stand those inane quiz shows, wholly or largely featuring silly men showing off, or the more modern type of "comedy" which to me seems either lame or desperate - or, in the worst cases, both.

#293758 Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert West End Return Rumours.

Posted MrBarnaby on 21 February 2014 - 10:17 PM

Jason D was the weak link when it opened in London . No presence on stage at all and he looked very uncomfortable in the role

#293747 Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert West End Return Rumours.

Posted PriscillaCraze on 21 February 2014 - 07:12 PM

View PostPriscillalover, on 21 February 2014 - 01:48 PM, said:

Seen Jason and Noel countless times aha. I do prefer Jason, however Noels Tick does have more emotion. Of course you haven't offended me. Everyone has their own opinion. I do prefer Richard Grieve to Tony Sheldon as Bernadette though. To me, Tony seemed in a rush to finish the show when I saw him. Shame :/

I just don't like Jason because he always looks depressed, doesn't make a huge effort to give an amazing performance, that's how I feel when I watch him. Whereas Noel is full of energy, emotion and has a beautiful voice, just love him, he's fabulous! Oh my god I've just seen the production of Priscilla in Argentina on YouTube, can see what you mean Priscilla lover, truly awful and the Bernadette looks so wrong.....

#293678 Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert West End Return Rumours.

Posted mrtheatre123 on 21 February 2014 - 12:47 PM

Noel is doing ROA so won't be him! Hope Donovan moves on if it does move to London

#293511 Versailles - Donmar

Posted fringefan on 20 February 2014 - 10:34 AM

I know what you mean, EmiCardiff, though I don't feel the same in this instance.  This was exactly how I felt about 1984. i.e. that rather than actually wanting to see it, I somehow ought to.  Which was why I didn't book that when it originally opened last year and thought I'd better make up for it this time.  However, so far as Versailles is concerned, in principle I do want to see it and if the reviews are positive, I will try for a Front Row ticket.  However, given your reservations and the limited number of Front Row tix available, you might find your dilemma resolved for you!

#293297 Walking Out

Posted mallardo on 18 February 2014 - 07:19 AM

View PostJoeM, on 18 February 2014 - 12:44 AM, said:

I have never walked out and probably never would unless I found something wilfully offensive. I prefer to see the whole thing and hate waste (it rarely is cheap to see theatre these days) and I am not sure you can form a credible opinion of a production if you haven't seen all of it. I did hate Bingo and Saved in recent times and was tempted but I have my rules. Then agian I finish every book I start!

It is rude to walk out (other than through illness or other genuine necessity) if in doing so you disturb other's enjoyment. Hang on till the interval if you must.

You may be interested in Completists Anonymous.  Our chapter meets every other Thursday at 7 pm for a two and a half hour session that ends precisely at 9.30.  Latecomers not admitted.  Last week one of our members left at the coffee break.  Quite a breakthrough.  As for the rest of us, we keep threatening to end early but haven't yet managed it.

#292782 Famous People You've Seen In The Audience

Posted Andromeda Dench on 13 February 2014 - 01:41 PM

View PostEmiCardiff, on 12 February 2014 - 01:31 PM, said:

It must be 'Sherlock' week at Coriolanus, Lara Pulver, Andrew Scott and Benedict Cumberbatch all been spotted there this week!

Perhaps they got a group discount.

#292721 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Coated peanut on 13 February 2014 - 12:54 AM

View PostHonoured Guest, on 12 February 2014 - 05:24 PM, said:

Yes, that's standard behaviour at first nights of operas. Of course, it's still bad behaviour in the opinion of many people.

The staging for the new Don Giovanni production at the ROH also got some (deserved in my opinion) boos. Projections can be fine, but not when it results in a nearly static performance. And cutting off an essential bit of the 'story' / score is just silly.

Good singing though, which was duly applauded.

#292664 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Honoured Guest on 12 February 2014 - 05:24 PM

Yes, that's standard behaviour at first nights of operas. Of course, it's still bad behaviour in the opinion of many people.