How to get great seats and make sure that you are paying the very best prices
London Theatre and Theatre Breaks includes 10 chapters of the very best advice gleaned from over 29 years of working in the theatre industry.
Make sure you benefit from specialist industry knowledge next time you go to the theatre.
• Avoid the 10 biggest audience complaints
• Discover how to find out the very best places to sit in the theatre
• Know what to expect when booking with Box Offices, Agents and Holiday Companies
• Make sure that the whole of your evening goes well - not just the bit between the overture and encore!
• Get tips on how to get the very best deals.
Organising anything can be a nerve-wracking experience – especially if you are trying to organise a special event or anniversary celebration. Maybe you are organising it for a group of people. Let’s face it, however much we would like to go the theatre in London, we don’t always get the chance. So when it comes to buying those all important tickets, or picking a special hotel or a nearby restaurant, it is important to know what you are doing.
London Theatre and Theatre Breaks will give you that knowledge and the power to make sure that you not only get exactly what you want but that you get the very best deal.
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And it is not only great for people not used to going to the theatre:
It’s perfect to send out to the travel trade. Will you create a PDF version of it so we can include it in our next travel trade newsletter going out to over 12,000 travel trade professionals?
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London and Partners
On London's Theatres: On any given night, thousands of actors are entertaining hundreds of thousands of visitors, in hundreds of venues. Some for one-night only, others for ten, twenty, even sixty years! Whatever may come and go, for eight performances a week, fifty-two weeks a year, London's theatres collectively play host to the greatest show on earth!
On Seats: the cheapest seating in any theatre seems to be reserved for gods and kings... but here, surrounded by the starving actors of the future and the booze-sodden has-beens of the past, we can witness the stand- out performances of the present and say - we were there!
On Saving Money: Be flexible - The date, the show, the seats and the package all have an effect on the price.
On Pre- Theatre Dinner - the most perfect symbiosis: All we want is a quick but enjoyable meal, all they want to give us is a quick but enjoyable meal, maybe with a bottle of wine thrown in.
On London Hotels: The next few years may be the best time to come to London, EVER. All hotels in London have spent the last 8 years gearing up for the Olympics of 2012....So from September 2012 onwards there will be a lot of recently refurbished hotels in London with lovely rooms and pristine public areas looking for someone to fill the void left by the recently departed atheletes.
On London Underground: Do ask for help - after they get over the shock of being spoken to like a human being, Londoners can be very helpful!
On Rickshaws: Yes it looks fun, well maybe not on a cold night, but my advice is don't risk it. I know I am being a kill-joy, but if I said “go for it” and then there was an incident I would never forgive myself.
On Touts: Do not even own up to having a wallet!
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There are 10 chapters, PLUS an introduction, each focused on a different aspect of organising a theatre trip.
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The Box Office is always worth contacting for the proper cost of the tickets and an unbiased view of the seats. They are not on commission and they know their theatre best. The people you end up talking to may not actually be at the theatre – they may be a ticket agent acting as the box office, but as long as you phoned them as the box office that is how they have to act – so no cross selling and no inflated prices.
Interestingly, apart from “day tickets”, which are only available on the day of the performance and which some, but by no means all theatres offer, “deals” are not usually available from the theatre direct, but on the plus side, any fees they charge will be minimal: so even though you are getting the correct price, it still may not be the cheapest.
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