‘In Lambeth’ Ticket Offer

July 30, 2014 have sent us details of a £10 offer on tickets for this show at the Southwark Playhouse (usually £18):  Quote OWE to book online or over the phone in advance only.
The offer certainly works, though you could wonder whether the play does.  Mrs Blake’s bottom definitely looked uncomfortable as she sat in the tree, and we were glad that important places like Catford and One Tree Hill finally got a mention on the English stage.

Bussy D’Ambois, St Giles Church 30 November

December 1, 2013


During the afterpiece

During the afterpiece

Our readers will readily understand the French court as a place replete with corruption, treachery, traffic with unclean spirits, adultery, deceit and malice.  But this version of Bussy D’Ambois rather downplayed the context and left Bussy as an over-reacher floating free of Christopher Marlowe.

The story is as ever set out in Wikipedia.  I enjoyed the elements of original practice and the way the play had been made to work in the nave, aisle, gallery, choir and pulpit of the church.  The fight scenes were especially impressive, and the black-clad spirits did very well in representing sex on stage without it becoming ridiculous and in representing black-clad spirits as well.  However, the reverberant church acoustic made it difficult to catch all the words and some plot points like the friar dying and then continuing as a ghost rather passed one by; as did the distinction between Monsieur (the king’s brother who recruits the destitute Bussy to do his evil bidding) and Montsurry (the husband of Bussy’s love).

There are times when the production resembled a parody of Jacobean tragedy, where everyone is killed and tortured but continues to speechify at length, and the text would have made a wonderful libretto for a Verdi opera, but has its problems as a play, at least to modern sensibilities.

But I would certainly recommend people to take advantage of the remaining dates–there is a great deal to admire and learn from in this production, and at £5 it’s very good value for money in anyone’s terms!

Cheap Tickets for Opera Holland Park (booking opens 15 April)

April 11, 2013


We have received the following email from Opera Holland Park, about their INSPIRE scheme that offers seats round the edges for £ 12:

£12 INSPIRE ticket booking opens
Monday 15 April
online only

Having taken into account the feedback from patrons in 2012, we have decided to keep the way you acquire INSPIRE tickets the same as last season. They will be available online only via our website and will be the first to go on sale to the general public. By putting them on sale before general bookings to the public begin, we will be able to monitor and control the traffic online and ensure the system runs as smoothly as possible. Further it will mean we can ensure the fairest possible distribution. The online system features a virtual waiting room so there will be a time element involved but hopefully far less frustrating than the engaged tones of 2011!
The booking opens next week, on Monday 15 April at 10am.
Tickets will be limited per patron to 6 for the season and 2 per production.Visit our website and follow the links. Online booking will open at 10am and there will continue to be no booking fees on the INSPIRE tickets.
We hope you can join us for what promises to be a thrilling season!

We understand that some have difficulty accessing online services. If you know of individuals who are in this position but would like to have the opportunity to book INSPIRE seats, please email us with their details to

See here for what I know about opera/classical music bargains in general.

La Boheme Special Ticket Offer at the Coliseum‏

April 11, 2013


We have received an email about this.  It says:

Valid on shows 24th May to 29th June 2013
Top price seats Mon -Thu : was £83.00 now £41.50
2nd price seats Mon -Thu : was £50.00 now £25.00
Top price seats Fri -Sat : was £86.00 now £43.00
2nd price seats Fri -Sat : was £55.00 now £27.50

Offer available for 48 hours – book by 2.30pm Fri 12 April 2013 at


Yes the link seems to work anyway…See here for what I know about opera/classical music bargains in general.