Category Archives: Theatregoers short-changed

Everyone’s a critic: preview reviews are in for Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet

Two of our favourite topics collided this week in the ‘outrage’ at newspapers publishing early reviews of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet.  Yes, it’s the circular argument about whether it’s OK to review a preview, of which we have already written, and … Continue reading

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Hello? The Book of Mormon tops the league table for overpriced tickets….again

According to The Stage, there’s a new league table in town, and theatres seem to be clammering to be at the top of it. Yes, this is The Stage’s new annual ticketing survey, which declares ‘The Book of Mormon’ winner … Continue reading

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Many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still*: Things we want to say about disability and theatre

Last month we went to see a play at the Park Theatre, ‘Kill Me Now’. We enjoyed the play and the production, but we did question whether an able-bodied actor was the only option to play one of the key … Continue reading

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Car crash theatre: Why won’t the critics defend quality in the West End?

Apparently, Lindsay Lohan has finished her West End stint as Karen in David Mamet’s ‘Speed the Plow’, and she is so delighted with how it all went that she is now contemplating a second Mamet play.  ‘One Mamet down’ she … Continue reading

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The Stage 100 – movers and shakers or users and takers?

It’s probably fair to say that we are not exactly the target audience for the Stage 100 list, a list of ‘movers and shakers’ in the theatre world published annually by ‘The Stage’ since 1997.  We’ve never been great fans … Continue reading

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Pandora’s box office: Theatre ticket agencies go viral

Do we even need to write a post on this topic, we ask ourselves?  After all, most of the time, we avoid ticket agencies as much as we can. However, seeing this picture of Sir Howard Panter in the papers … Continue reading

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A winning formula? Cameron Mackintosh reveals the secrets of his success in Musical Theatre

We commented recently in a post about previews that the wrong people seem to be in charge of theatre, and in a recent episode of the highly entertaining Channel 4 series The Sound of Musicals we saw a perfect example of … Continue reading

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