Posts Tagged ‘Theatre for £10’

MLK play “The Mountaintop” available for £10 from LastMinute

July 16, 2009

I’ve been waiting for a month and a half for an opportunity to see the play The Mountaintop ever since the review I read in The Metro caught my eye. It seemed like such a timely play now that Obama is president ofthe United States, and in the intimate space of a bar sounded even more exciting. But the play was sold out for the rest of the run even when the review came out: blast!

Now, however, this play has been transferred to Trafalgar Studios, and I’m excited to note (as of this morning’s email) that LastMinute.com is offering £10 tickets to see it! I jumped right on this offer and got tickets for next Saturday, in part because 1) I want to see it and 2) I’m sworn to only buy tickets for £10 for the rest of the month due to overspending on a trip to Greece.

So jump on this, folks, the £10 seats could sell outat any time and this promises to be a great show!

Time and the Conways – £10 – 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14 July only

July 4, 2009

After reading the West End Whingers’ positive review for this play, I’ve been interested in going, but not really willing to commit due to the long running time. However, £10 tickets are certainly the thing to convince me that being a little bleary eyed at work is the smaller price to pay, and the offer I received in the mail from the National this morning looks like it’s going to push me into committing to see the play at last. The deal reads thus: “To book simply call 020 7452 3000 and quote ‘£10 offer’ or book online and enter Promotion Code 1992 before selecting your date. Offer is valid for 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14 July (does not include Saturday or matinees). Subject to availability.”

That’s that then and if any of you need someone to visit with during the two intervals, I’ll be there on Tuesday the 7th.

£10 deals for May – Plague over England, Dancing at Lughnasa, On the Waterfront, the Tigerlillies, and more

May 1, 2009

As the season changes and shows come to the end of their runs, there are good deals to be had for the patient theater-goer. First, there’s a one day only deal for Dancing at Lughnasa at the Old Vic for May 4th, Bank Holiday Monday, the only discount I’ve seen on this show for its whole run. To get it, call the box office at 09=870 060 6628 and quote “Metro.” Everyone I know has been really enthusiastic about this show, so this is a great opportunity to see it for pennies (as it were) on the dollar (as it were again). It ends May 9th so I don’t think they’ll be repeating the offer.

Also ending their runs and sweetening their pots are Plague over England at the Duchess Theater(£10 tickets for all shows except Saturday evenings, promo code ATG12), running through May 16th, and Woman in Mind (ditto, ATG13) at the Vaudeville Theatre through May 30th.

Meanwhile, TheLondonPaper are running a deal for The Tiger Lillies for £10 at the Soho Theatre through May 9th, but I’m going a bit crazy trying to find the specifics of the promo as I’ve left my copy of the Thursday LondonPaper at home. Ah, figured it out: call the theater (020 7478 0100) and say you saw the deal in the LondonPaper! Easy peasy. :-)

In a more future-oriented view, the shockingly helpful Evening Standard have piles of tickets for ENO at £10 each. Così fan Tutte,
Madam Butterfly and L’Amour de Loin – you could have a summer full of opera for pennies! To get the opera, go to this page, select a date and location (dress circle or balcony), and choose your tickets! Cosi dates are May 29 through July 5, Butterfly is June 10 through July 10, and L’Amour is July 3 through July 11th.

All of these are of course in addition to the normal £10 series at the National and the ready availability of £10 seats at the Royal Court Theater, where I’m catching Aunt Dan and Lemon at that price on Tuesday, May 26th. Exquisite Corpse at the Southwark Playhouse can also be enjoyed for even less, £8, if you book far enough in advance. Enjoy!

Review – “I, Lear” – Trafalgar Studios

August 9, 2008

Friday night is often a difficult night to watch theater for me. All of the mainstage shows (that aren’t crap) are frequently either sold out or only offering outrageously priced tickets, and I don’t really have the energy to watch anything more than two hours long or in any way an energy suck. Fortunately, Trafalgar Studios came to my rescue. They (along with the Soho Theater) have been staging a lot of fun one acts that in many cases have had a previous life as fringe theater (often actually from the Edinburgh Fringe festival, so “creme de la fringe”) and are perfectly suited to after work on a Friday night. Also very kindly, these productions often come with a sweet price tag, in this case a mere £10, and, in the case of Lear, a relaxed start time of 7:45, enough for dinner without needing to rush. What a winner!

We’d actually seen the Sir Ian King Lear in November, so the show was still pretty fresh in my mind, and when I’d seen the ads for a comedic short version (by the Black Sheep, aka Andrew Jones and Ciaran Murtagh), I was very up for seeing it. The show was quite different than I’d originally thought, though: rather than just being Lear, it was also a bit of a tour through other plays and playwrights, framed as “the history of British theater” (starting with the Greeks and including Chekov and Tennessee Williams) and a sort of demonstration of the various acting techniques that make these shows come to life (or not).

I did actually get quite a bit of laughs out of this fast moving show. Not every joke hit, but the energy was very up, and in an intimate space like this, I could really feel it rolling off of the stage. We got a little bit of improv (when the actor’s cane broke as he attempted to lift himself off of the stage with it during the Chekov bit), several very comic lines aimed at the highly theater literate (Alan Bennet – very prolific and terribly boring – oh, why didn’t I take notes!), and a lot of corny jokes and bad puns. There was also some scatological humor (during the Greek scene) and some, er, well, maybe a lot of sex jokes. Truth be told, I was busting a gut during the show, and while the cider, sake, and Pimms might have had a bit to do with that, mostly it was just that I was getting off watching Jones and Murtagh do their thing (especially when things went a little wrong – God, I love to watch actors struggle to get their ship back upright!).

The actual Lear bit was a bit not as exciting as I was hoping for. It was actually a rehash of what we’d seen earlier, so it was a bunch of jokes that we’d been set up for (the re-enactment of Bennet’s “Faces,” the re-use of the Greek tragedy in Lear’s storm scene, the wiping of the nostrils with Marmite – don’t ask), and was fairly clever but, well, not as sharp as I would have liked and not playing on the material as well as I could have enjoyed. Still, overall the night was a good one, and the price was right on and my laughs were hearty, so I’d say “I, Lear” was a success.

(This review is for a performance that took place Friday, August 8th, 2008. I, Lear continues at Trafalgar Studios until Saturday, August 16th.)


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