Whilst I’ve never been asked this myself, I know a lot of people who have been asked why they have seen the same musical or play more than once. Now I try not to make repeat visits to show, simply so that I can broaden my theatre knowledge, but there have been a couple out there that I have made second (or third or fourth) trips to because I enjoyed them so much. And the reasoning for this varies from show to show.
If you’re a theatre fan, it’s very easy to get yourself caught up in a certain show, cast or individual actors. Believe me, I’ve been there (especially with the original London cast of The Book of Mormon). But sometimes you find yourself wanting to support them a little more, and there are loads of easy ways to do this.
A lot of people in my life, whether it’s my work colleagues, family or people on the internet, ask me how on earth I afford going to the theatre as much as I do. Whilst I shouldn’t have to justify how and why I spend my money on what I do, I know that some people want to know how I manage to get to as many shows as I do. Affording theatre is never going to be cheap, but there are always get arounds!
Compared to April, May was a pretty quiet month. I think the fact that I was back at work definitely had something to do with it! This month I caught one play, five musicals and two concerts which is still pretty good going, but also far less exhausting than April was. It also meant this theatre roundup was much quicker to write up because there was nowhere near as much to talk about!
I feel like theatre blogging is a relatively small niche, but with the decline of print newspapers, it’s a niche that is quickly growing. With the right SEO for reviews, it’s easy to rank above some of the bigger newspapers when it comes to theatre reviews and get a fair few hits to your reviews. And your review could be the decision that somebody books to see a show. But the reality of being a theatre blogger isn’t all going to new launches, writing a post and going to bed, then repeating that a couple of times a week. I’ve been blogging for almost three years, and whilst I enjoy writing about the theatre above anything else I’ve written about, it’s probably the most exhausting thing to write about.
It’s been the talk of the town since Hamilton hit the London theatre scene that West End theatre prices are going through the roof. Tickets are selling for £250 apiece, which is unheard of in London (and funny really since it’s not a cheap city) and the likes of Chess and The King And I aren’t far behind! But on the other end of the spectrum, touring companies are failing. You’d think that productions right on people’s door steps would be sell-outs, and whilst some are, other shows play to half-empty theatres night after night.