A statement from Judy Cramer: "It is with a heavy heart that I've had to make this very difficult decision to post closing notice for VIVA FOREVER! atThe Piccadilly Theatre for 29 June, 2013, an original show which is blessed with the most brilliant cast currently on the West End Stage. Despite the wonderful audiences, extremely positive feedback and the standing ovation at every performance from an audience of families and friends all enjoying a great night out, we just can't make it work. I am extremely proud of everyone involved in this production. VIVA FOREVER! may be taking it's leave for now in the West End but the legacy of Spice Girls will never fade!".
They only got standing ovations because the cast literally begged for them...
I actually didn't think the actress playing Viva was bad. Sally Dexter stole the show though, but the rest of them were pretty abysmal though.
Bad behavior at shows is becoming more and more of an issue. I've noticed a huge increase in theatres outside of London - perhaps because of the increase in theatre being shown in the cinema and DVD releases? Theatres are attracting people who they wouldn't usually and whilst that is great, I think it is also responsible for this increase.
At the legitimate theatre, I've often found the worst offenders at talking and refusing to move during the interval to be posh older people who I doubt are new to theatre-going.
There should be no food at the theatre regardless of where you buy it. It's not beyond the realms of possibility to go for 2.5hrs without food. Eat before you go to the theatre or eat after, not during. I don't care if it's a McFlurry, theatre bought ice cream or a picnic (as per a tweet of mine from long past) it's really NOT necessary. Heck I love my food but I can manage a few hours without it.
At Singin In The Rain, woman in front of us was on her phone throughout, realised later that she was updating her facebook status with a running commentary on the show! The light from her phone was so distracting.
Did you not ask her to turn it off? Or at least report it to a member of staff? People need to become more assertive towards this sort of bad behaviour. If someone is ruining your enjoyment of the show why just sit there and do nothing? I don't get it.
I agree it's largely difficult if not impossible to stop a cough but people can do more to muffle them. Sometimes one catches you by surprise and there's nothing you can do about it but on occasions I can't believe the coughing symphony that goes on in auditoriums, all full-on top-volume with no attempt to muffle them at all.
I'm enjoying the coughing debate, which possibly makes it sound like my life is devoid of entertainment, but for some reason it's amusing me. I have images of one of us sat next to or in front of a real-life Bob Fleming.
What a horribly selfish turn this topic has taken. I often attend the theatre with a patent who suffers asthma. Theatres are old dusty buildings and a lot of the stalls sections are actually underground. Even the damp in the air that a person blessed with regular breathing would never notice can cause unintentional coughing fits. Consider the struggles of others before moaning about them.
I don't know why people disbelieve that this show is a sell out!
If Judy Crayfish says it is then what more evidence do you need?
I think it helps if you understand that when they say it's a sell out they mean it in the sense of having abandoned any semblance of artistic integrity in a desperate attempt to keep a couple of flagging careers from going under.