The Stage reveals high theatre prices

An investigation by The Stage has revealed the high cost of visiting popular shows in the West End. The theatre industry newspaper uncovered some of the rather hefty charges incurred when attending theatre in the capital.

Buying tickets online is costing theatre-goers up to £12.25, just in booking fees. But the charges are not consistent across the board, The Stage found that for shows such as Chicago and War Horse there was no fee, however, shows toward the top end of the booking charge scale, at £12+ included; We Will Rock You, Wicked and Top Hat.  

The charges were found to vary between the tiers of tickets for sale. When purchasing a top-price ticket, customers are charged a fee of £8.25, however, for cheaper seats, costing just £34, the booking charge drops to £5.50.

On top of this initial fee, there is a further £4 charge, which goes towards the delivery costs of posting or emailing tickets to customers.  However, this charge is only applicable to UK residents, for which collection at the theatre is not permitted.

A spokesman for Which? told The Stage: ‘About 50,000 people supported our campaign to see these ‘rip-off’ charges stamped out so the government must stick to its commitment and ensure the ban happens by December.’

The Stage has also uncovered the most expensive tickets on sale in the West End. On average a top price ticket costs £72.12 and the average cost for the least expensive seats is £21.91 – inclusive of booking charges.

Their investigation found that Billy Elliot was the most expensive musical, charging £97.50 for a top-tier ticket. The Ladykillers was named as the most expensive play to attend, charging customers £97 for buying a top price ticket.

But for a country still cost-cutting after the recession, it was not all bad news – both War Horse and Les Miserables came out top for offering the cheapest seats for theatre-goers. Les Miserables has tickets starting from £12 and War Horse came out even cheaper, with prices from just £10.

Do high prices deter you from visiting the theatre? Do you think is justified for theatres to charge this much for tickets and booking fees? Do you think the high cost discourages young people from attending? Let us know what you think.

www.thestage.co.uk/news/newsstory.php/35824/exclusive-west-end-audiences-face-booking
www.thestage.co.uk/news/newsstory.php/35823/exclusive-top-priced-london-theatre-seats 

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The newest issue of Teaching Drama is available on MONDAY! (Visit our website to get yourself a copy).

This issue we’re looking at summer schools – with thousands of school students attending each year, we’re asking:

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Topic of the day – To Edinburgh or not to Edinburgh?

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a valued tradition amongst theatre enthusiasts. As we head further into the warmer months of the year, theatre companies, students and schools begin to hatch their plans for this year’s performances. However 2012 is not like every other year.

The Olympic Games is set to completely take over London during the summer. But with the Edinburgh Fringe so removed from the chaos that will descend upon London, will it really put off the usual suspects of attending this year’s festival? The Guardian reports that the Fringe have been proactive in preparing for this year’s festival – they have decided to bring forward the release of their brochure by two weeks and have already listed 15 shows, including big names such as Jimmy Carr, on their website to entice visitors. This summer an estimated 5 million visitors will descend on the UK for the Olympic Games. Today The Guardian has been asking: Is it worth performing at Edinburgh this year? The West End has already begun bracing itself for a tough summer. Andrew Lloyd Webber has said that the Olympics will cause a ‘theatre bloodbath’ this summer and he claimed that bookings have been 10% below their usual number.

What do you think? Will you be avoiding the Edinburgh festival this year? Or will the Olympics provide you with even more of a reason to head north? Let us know what you think.

If you are going this year, as a performer or a spectator, have you started to think about all the preparation? In Teaching Drama Summer 1 (out 2 April) we will be reviewing Mark Fisher’s The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide. Make sure to get your copy to read our verdict.

To read the original article, visit: www.guardian.co.uk/stage/theatreblog/2012/mar/01/edinburgh-festival-fringe-theatre-olympics?INTCMP=SRCH

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Topic of the day – should we all be campaigning for the arts?

Today The Guardian are asking in their poll – Do we all have a duty to campaign for the arts?

Do artists have to be activists? How much responsibility do performers and artists have to keeping the cause alive?

What about your position as a teacher of the arts? Is it important to stay involved in campaigning? Or is the reality that, you don’t really have that much time to ‘do your bit’? Let us know what you think.

 

To  read the article visit:
www.guardian.co.uk/culture-professionals-network/culture-professionals-blog/poll/2012/feb/13/poll-duty-campaign-arts?INTCMP=SRCH

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The newest issue of Teaching Drama is available TODAY (visit our website to get yourself a copy).

This issue we’re looking at higher education – with the rise in tuition fees and the recession still claiming victims we asked:

What do you think? It’s time for you to have your say!

Vote and let us know what you think …

Read the opinions of our panellists in our NEW issue of Teaching Drama, out TODAY!
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The newest issue of Teaching Drama (available TODAY – visit our website to get yourself a copy), is a Shakespeare Special!

The classic playwright is going to be celebrated throughout 2012 with the World Shakespeare festival. This issue we are asking:

What do you think? It’s time for you to have your say!

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Read the opinions of our panelists in our NEW issue of Teaching Drama, out TODAY!
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An infinite budget

Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced that he will donate £3.5 million to Arts Educational Schools (ArtsEd).
The money will be used for refurbishment, new facilities and on developing the main theatre, costume department and disability access…

If you were given an infinite budget – unlikely, but we can imagine – what would you spend it on?

A brand new black box studio?
Lessons from world-renowned practitioners?
A cupboard full of new costumes?

Do you think there could be a danger of losing the educational essence of drama if there are too many bells and whistles?

Let us know what you think…..

Green room: JOIN THE DEBATE

Teacher-in-role… some love it, some hate it  –  it’s the marmite of teaching strategies.

In our newest issue of Teaching Drama (available Monday 17 October – visit our website to get yourself a copy), the experts have had their say. Sarah Nunn and Josie Clark made their case in support of acting in the classroom, while Ali Warren and Peter Jolly felt the practice often leads to some teachers just showing off.

But what do you think? It’s time for you to have your say!

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Plays for this term

The Guardian has recommended productions of set texts for schools this term:
Among them are; an adaptation of Animal Farm by Peter Hall, Hamlet performed at the Young Vic and Edward Bond’s infamous shocker Saved.
What do you think of the recommendations? Is there anything vital missing from their list that you feel is useful for students everywhere?
Tell us what you think!

Friday’s HOT Topic

A survey released this week revealed 30% of primary school’s and 10% of secondary’s hadn’t been on a theatre trip in two years. The same questionnaire found that 89% of secondary schools HAD been to a theatre production in the last year…

Is this something we should be concerned about? The 89% is a promising statistic… but should we be worrying about those who aren’t exposed to as much drama? Do you think it’s important that children go to the theatre at a young age? As teachers, how easy is it to get the support of your school to take students to performances?

Let us know your thoughts…