I've noticed over the past few years that I have a stock of theatre tickets of events still to see that is growing and growing. At the moment I have tickets for 43 upcoming shows.
I still see roughly the same amount of shows each year (around 75 - 90) but it seems to me that theatre tickets are being put on sale so far in advance that I am buying many many more well before the actual show.
For example, I bought all the Michael Grandage season over a year in advance of the start of the actual performances. Now I can see why he would want assurances that tickets would sell for what he might have seen as a "risky" venture, but it seems to me that more and more theatres and producers are trying to get us to buy tickets long before the actual shows themselves. Many West End shows are booking into 2014 already and I recently bought tickets for the Priscilla tour in Brighton for January 2014. But, unless my memory is flawed this didn't seem to happen so much just a few years ago.
I know I don't HAVE to buy tickets so far in advance but if I want decent seats for the shows I'd like to see, I feel obliged to go for it, meaning I have the assurance of getting good seats and producers have the assurance of a sold ticket.
Yep, I fancied the idea of it to start with and also like Greig. I liked the Lipman too! 3rd April matinee. Taking husband...had better be good!
Best place to eat Belsize Kitchens ...just 5 mins stroll up the road. The Eton Mess recommended as is the queen scallop pasta dish. Menu on website out of date...you will have to trust me that it's fabulous!
I think the BEST place to eat is round the corner from the Hampstead theatre - Bradleys (http://www.bradleysn...es/default.aspx) but it's not exactly cheap. Maureen Lipman has been seen eating there during the run of Old Money.
Booked for Longing as soon as I heard Tamsin Greig was in it! We'll try the Belsize Kitchen next time!