BLOG: I took a gamble on GUYS AND DOLLS tickets tickets and won!
This week I decided to go and check out Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson make her West End debut as Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls at the Phoenix Theatre (review coming soon!)
I’m a sucker for a bargain and have often blogged in the past about discounted Restricted View seats and how sometimes they can still be a very good view but for a much lower price. There are some great discount offers available online for the show but even £40 for a top price seat was more than I really wanted to pay, so I decided to take a bit of a gamble and buy a £15 ticket at the back of the Upper Circle, hoping that the Thursday matinee might not be close to selling out and have the Upper Circle closed off.
If a performance hasn’t sold particularly well, it is not uncommon for the Balcony or Upper Circle areas to be closed off and ticket holders in those areas have their tickets upgraded to fill empty seats in the Stalls or Dress Circle.
It’s not rocket science to get an idea of when shows aren’t selling amazingly well. If you start to see discounts online then that’s a pretty good indication that a show wants to try to get more bums on seats. Monday and Tuesday evenings, plus mid week matinees are usually the quietest shows of the week and so unless a show is selling terribly, these are probably the best performances to take a punt on potentially being upgraded.
Online forum discussions around this topic recently have revealed people have received ticket upgrades to shows like Bend It Like Beckham, Mrs Henderson Presents, Stephen Ward, From Here To Eternity and I Can’t Sing. Let The Right One In at the Apollo Theatre apparently played to an audience of just six people once and Urinetown to an audience of thirty and so as much as they might not want you to know it’s happening, it is.
It’s a gamble and yes and you have to be prepared to sit in a bad seat but if you If you take a risk, sometimes it can pay off.