AIBU to ask you all the boycot Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the musical

(67 Posts)
vestandknickers Fri 13-Sep-13 19:29:50

Until the prices come down enough for me to take my family?

I'd love to take my children. They'd adore it, but even the tickets up on the roof behind a pillar are £25 a pop and if we actually wanted to be able to see anything on the stage we'd have to pay about £50 each. As a family of five, that's the sort of money we normally budget for a few nights away and I just can't justify it.

So, if you could all please not buy tickets so that the ticket office would panic and reduce their prices I'd be much obliged.

Thanks in advance.

llamallama Fri 13-Sep-13 19:32:50

I wouldn't bother, it's not that good! Watch the film and save up for Matilda!

vestandknickers Fri 13-Sep-13 19:36:12

Matilda is the same price. sad

Is it really better though?

Do I need to come up with a plan to drive down prices for that instead?

Picturesinthefirelight Fri 13-Sep-13 19:36:16

I've seen the music to done if the dings and they are really good.

I'd live to see the show but its do expensive

However we saw Matilda last year in the cheap seats which were fine & it was fabulous.

Bowlersarm Fri 13-Sep-13 19:37:47

I don't think it quite happens like that. People will come from all over the world to visit London and pay to see the top shows. MNers boycotting will make little impact I'm afraid.

Iamcountingto3 Fri 13-Sep-13 19:40:38

Matilda is WELL worth saving up for - one of best things I've seen in West End - better than Lion King imo. We had good seats (Christmas present from my mum) but I think you'd be fine in the 'cheap seats'

I'd heard Charlie wasn't all that - reviews weren't great....

Sell one of your kids on ebay which will a) raise funds and b) lessen the overall price you have to pay anyway.
HTH grin

vestandknickers Fri 13-Sep-13 19:43:11

Dammit bowlers you could be right. What if there was a slight insect infestation in the theatre? Do you think that would put people off? My three love a minibeast so it would only enhance their experience......
<goes off to garden to hunt for creepy crawlies>

vestandknickers Fri 13-Sep-13 19:44:18

Oooh SolidGold, I'm liking that plan grin

Bowlersarm Fri 13-Sep-13 19:45:43

Oh yes, well that rumour might work....

12thDoctorsCompanion Fri 13-Sep-13 19:49:17

just walk with your kids down the local high street to see all the oompa loopas (orange tan girls!!) grin

BackforGood Fri 13-Sep-13 19:49:54

Excellent plan by SGB - wish I'd thought of that earlier. Had to take out a mortgage to take my lot to see Lion King recently. Would love to see more theatre, but we just can't justify that kind of money on a regular basis.

spanieleyes Fri 13-Sep-13 19:50:05

Too late!
Already seen it, £19 a ticket for seats in the Grand Circle.
Mind you, I did have to go with a class of excitable, loud 10 year olds!

candycoatedwaterdrops Fri 13-Sep-13 19:51:28

I saw it during the previews, it was still fairly pricey though. It was good but I preferred Matilda.

Toxicshmoxic Fri 13-Sep-13 19:52:03

I'd boycott it too but only coz like you cant afford it

Matilda, why is it better?

I am not sure anything anywhere can be blaze any more about customers....even if little old mn boycotted it...

Toxicshmoxic Fri 13-Sep-13 19:54:43

backforgood do you have little local stuff going on with £8 tickets and the like?

We cant afford the proper theatres any more either but I do prefer the little ones now, and the little independent one man sort of shows that are going on, some of them are truelly amazing.

One lady had a sewing machine, shoe box, and some tissue, she was even dressed in tracky bottoms, but my, her puppet show was amazing and beautiful!

Lj8893 Fri 13-Sep-13 19:59:26

I don't know if they are doing tickets for Charlie and the chocolate factory but its worth looking at the Tkts office at Leicester square, they do discounted theatre tickets daily. You have to get there fairly early though.

TakingThePea Fri 13-Sep-13 20:01:45

I'm going to see Matilda with my friend soon!!

Just us, no kids..... grin

Ihatemytoes Fri 13-Sep-13 20:02:15

Matilda is much, much better!

MrsDavidBowie Fri 13-Sep-13 20:14:49

Matilda is soer...we are going for the third time.
West end is so expensive...l.lwe get good deals through the PTA, and I have an Ambassadors theatre card which gives discounts at Wimbledon theatre.

We do go quite a lot...probably 8-12 times a year depending what's on.

MrsDavidBowie Fri 13-Sep-13 20:15:29

No idea what soer is...I meant superb

thinkofthemoney Fri 13-Sep-13 20:47:22

We watched Matilda in the cheapest seats in the roof . It was amazing.

cazzybabs Fri 13-Sep-13 20:50:49

We went and bought cheap seats and saw fine

DorothyMantooth Fri 13-Sep-13 20:56:11

Matilda is AMAZING and well worth taking out a second mortgage for. I went with my DM (no kids!) and somehow managed to get upgraded despite leaving our print-at-home tickets at home. I was fully expecting to be irritated by a bunch of shrill, jazz-handing stage school kids with rictus grins but every single one of them was absolutely fantastic.

YeahWhat Fri 13-Sep-13 21:09:28

Matilda is truely brilliant. The music is brilliant, the sets are brilliant, the acting is fantastic and,of course, the story is great!!

Theatre tickets are ridiculously expensive. sad

Toxicshmoxic Fri 13-Sep-13 21:09:47

What age is Matlida good for? 6 >?

YeahWhat Fri 13-Sep-13 21:15:34

Cut and pasted from the theatre website

Please note that 'Matilda The Musical' is recommended for children ages 6 and up. Everyone attending the performance must have a ticket, regardless of age

It could be a bit scary/loud/long for younger kids although I can't think of anything 'inappropriate'. I bet they are just trying to avoid having younger potentially more disruptive kids in the audience as it is definitely for adults too and not just a kids show.

dontblameme Fri 13-Sep-13 21:17:29

Agree with others that Matilda is brilliant. There is a website called Get Into London Theatre that does reduced tickets for heaps of shows in Jan/Feb. We got £15 tickets last year, would def recommend it. (Their 2014 tickets aren't onsale yet but keep an eye.)

Toxicshmoxic Fri 13-Sep-13 21:31:16

ooh sounds wonderful....a Christmas treat perhaps!

Picturesinthefirelight Fri 13-Sep-13 21:41:27

Matilda is a little bit dark & intense in places (acrobat & escapologist especially). When she is delivering her monologues to Mrs Phelps it could be a bit too much for sensitive younger children or they might get bored.

But it is fabulous

joanofarchitrave Fri 13-Sep-13 21:45:02

Go and see Emil and the Detectives at the National Theatre. Tickets start at £12.

llamallama Fri 13-Sep-13 21:47:17

I felt that Charlie didn't really add much that wasn't in the films. It was essentially a performance of the film on stage, there wasn't much new, or great use of theatrics which I think is a shame and the reason you go to the theatre.

Matilda on the other hand is just so clever and the stage set up and performances are just magical. So clever and engaging. A couple of odd songs but mostly huge wow factor.

Charlie was disappointing.

Souredstones Fri 13-Sep-13 21:49:13

Matilda is shit. I am aware mine is a minority view though

Viviennemary Fri 13-Sep-13 21:49:41

They do seem very expensive. . Just don't go if you begrudge paying the price. But you can't expect others to do the same. I sometimes don't go to things if I think the price is too high.

YABU because my lovely lovely mother has forked out £120 so that my no3 son can go on the school overnight trip to London to see it in November and he is past excited already.
He's never been on a "Big Trip" before and has been planning what to take teddy bear and jamas wise with the two friends he will be sharing a room with, for weeks, and has even asked the whole family if he can please have money for his birthday instead of a present because he can spend it on his trip.
DD went to see Matilda when she was in Year 5 and loved it, on the equivalent trip.
If my mam didn't pay they couldn't go, but she reckons £120 for a trip to London, a musical, a meal at the Rainforest Cafe, bed and brekkie in a hotel and the Harry Potter studio tour thing next day is good value. I have no idea whether it is or not, other than we paid the same for DD last year and she didn't get the HP tour, they just got a coach ride round the major sites in London.

I think Matilda was shit too. I was SO disappointed. Emperors new clothes. It was totally overrated. (I have gone to and loved musicals for over 30 years so know what I am talking about smile )

So when the reviews of Charlie were not good, I decided to wait until prices fall before taking DS.

Canthisonebeused Fri 13-Sep-13 23:06:42

Is Matilda still running????

DumSpiroSpero Fri 13-Sep-13 23:16:56

Pom that is great value for money!

We saw Matilda last year and Charlie this year. It is daft money but having just one child & a DH that isn't a theatre fan I don't mind doing it as a once a year treat.

We loved them both - was very doubtful that Charlie would live up to Matilda but was pleasantly surprised. I would possibly lean towards Matilda if I was forced to choose - the music is better and the way the story has been developed gave it something extra.

There were some spectacular moments in Charlie though - Douglas Hodge was great and made Wonka a slightly more sympathetic character than he is in the films imo.

YeahWhat Fri 13-Sep-13 23:34:27

Where is fancy bread. In the heart or in the head

Best quote ever. Did it make it into the stage version?

(Not the Shakespeare play grin )

dillite Sat 14-Sep-13 00:09:13

What age would you say Matilda is suitable for? I've got 3,5 year old who adores musicals and have been thinking for a while now of taking her to one. Would they let someone that young in?

YeahWhat Sat 14-Sep-13 00:12:11

See my earlier post on the recommended age for kids watching Matilda. The recommended age is 6 and older but you can still take younger kids in - as long as you buy them a ticket.

YeahWhat Sat 14-Sep-13 00:15:32

Also, you can find lots of advice from other MN'ers if you search 'Matilda the musical' on MN. There are loads of posts. smile

IamSlave Sat 14-Sep-13 00:25:16

Emile is on at a local theatre to us, is it any good?

NoComet Sat 14-Sep-13 01:08:41

If you have older DCs, DD(15) says the curious incident of the dog in the night time was fab and it's a lot cheaper.

Desperately want to see Matilda, but London is a hell of a day trip and theatre plus a hotel is damn nearly as much as having a holiday abroad.

raisah Sat 14-Sep-13 03:07:06

Or cancel Christmas presents and use that money to buy top quality seats. If anybody asks what your dc would like for Xmas, mention theatre tokens and that you want to take them to see a show. Atleast their money is not wasted on expensive plastic tat which gets shoved to the back of the cupboard after a week or so.

I am doing this, if people ask me what to buy for my dc then I ask for a national theatre voucher and then I will make up the shortfall.

raisah Sat 14-Sep-13 03:28:11

If you need accommodation in central London that doesn't break the bank then consider university halls. Universities let them out during the holidays to generate extra income. The central London ones have been refurbished to a very high standard to justify the eye watering tution fees of £9k plus. They are cost effective & family friendly with self catering flats & rooms.

I stayed in one during the Edinburgh fringe & it cost me £25 per night so good value.

MrsDavidBowie Sat 14-Sep-13 08:59:56

Good idea raisah...dd loves going, so for her 17th she got a lot of theatre tokens and cash so she can go and see stuff. Plus National theatre do cheap tickets for that age group.

NoComet Sat 14-Sep-13 12:29:35

University halls is a brilliant suggestion, given I have a 15y who is starting to think about such things.

cory Sat 14-Sep-13 12:57:42

Dd has just started drama A-level and met her new drama teacher who does not approve of the West End. I hope he is a man of magnetic influence who will convert dd to the concept of fringe theatres at £8 a shot. grin

morefalafel Sat 14-Sep-13 13:07:30

YABU. Its rubbish. I saw it a while ago and it was dire.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 14-Sep-13 13:20:50

I'd like to take the troops too - but it is expensive. Hoping it will come down in price when the novelty wears off!

Picturesinthefirelight Sat 14-Sep-13 13:27:45

That's a whole big area to "not approve of"

So does he not approve of the RSC either as that's what Matilda is (an RSC production)

I've seen some wonderful fringe stuff - but some absolute rubbish too

SuedeEffectPochette Sat 14-Sep-13 13:38:40

Matilda truly is amazing. The best thing I have ever seen in the West End and I have seen a lot.... it made me laugh out loud and also cry several times over throughout! Mind you, I start crying as soon as the priest gives Valjean the candlesticks in Les Mis........

BackforGood Sat 14-Sep-13 14:45:30

raisah - that's what we do, ask for "money for towards a ticket to the theatre" for Christmas and birthdays - it was PiLs Christmas present money that enabled us to go and see Lion King recently, and dd1 is going to see War Horse for her birthday present. Mind, we still go for what the theatre calls 'restricted view' seats - we've never not been able to see anything, I I can usually see 3 shows for the price of 1 in the 'top quality' seats smile
Thanks for the link to accommodation - will be following that up. smile

cory Sat 14-Sep-13 19:41:18

Dd couldn't quite summon up the nerve to ask him, Pictures. wink

But the thought did occur.

MrsDavidBowie Sun 15-Sep-13 10:48:11

Cory...maybe he has auditioned for West end stuff and been rejected.
I have known people like that grin

Wellthen Sun 15-Sep-13 11:16:48

The West End is ridiculous. When I first started going, maybe 10 years ago, top tickets were 40-50 quid. Top tickets are now £90! Thats a huge increase, especially in the economic times we're going through.

It is so frustrating, as another poster has pointed out, that a small boycott just wont do anything as tourists are always happy to pay. I will admit to paying $140 (it was a present actually, and the exchange rate was 2:1 at that point) for Rent on broadway. When am I next going to be in NY? It was in its last ever run as well.

Matilda is cheaper, party because its RSC and partly I think because its an older theatre so its smaller, more cramped and not raked. We were close to the stage but if you're behind a tall person, you're buggered. My visit was spoiled by this.

In the morer modern theatres (Lion King, Wicked) you shouldnt need to sit as close to the stage (and therefore pay as much) as almost all the seats are good seats. You will save a little by sitting on the far sides. They are technically 'restricted' but not to the point that it will spoil the show.

But, I am a bit of a seat snob. If I had to sit in the gods I'd rather not go. I agree with the posters who say save up. The experience, even just once or twice, is worth it. Just. Also agree with the posters who say go to the fring theatres - most big west end shows tour eventually.

MrsDavidBowie Sun 15-Sep-13 14:35:30

Theatre Monkey is a great site to check out the best seats in all London theatres.

vestandknickers Sun 15-Sep-13 17:45:37

Thanks all. I'm determined now to see Matilda and think I will ask for contributions for Christmas. My three are the perfect age for it and it could be an experience that will live with them forever. I'll check out Theatre Monkey so thanks for that Mrs B.

moondog Mon 16-Sep-13 14:52:42

Vest, I went to see it with my children this w/end and it was absolutely terrific. I forked out a lot and do not regret it at all. It reminded me of how magic a live performance really is.

januaryjojo Mon 16-Sep-13 15:03:58

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MrsDavidBowie Mon 16-Sep-13 20:57:10

kids week is fab...actually goes on all August.
You have to get in early.

Dh has just booked Book of Mormon for a couple of weeks time.....really looking forwrd to it.

fuckwittery Mon 16-Sep-13 21:07:26

Get the cheapest seats for Matilda, the theatre is tiny so cheap seats are for once absolutely fine!

Definitely look out for kids week next summer, I was online the second they went online and couldn't get Matilda tickets although a few were available, but got a kid goes free ticket for Wicked, and excellent seats.

fuckwittery Mon 16-Sep-13 21:09:05

PomBear yes, I think that is v good value.

Mimishimi Mon 16-Sep-13 21:14:06

YABU. Actors, sets, costumes, prop staff have to be paid for. Where else would all that come from except through tickets. I do agree though, that they should set ticket prices at a point where they will make more money through volume sold then expecting that the masses will want to cough up a small fortune. However, for all I know, perhaps that is the price point. £200 for four is not a huge sum these days.

LIZS Mon 16-Sep-13 21:16:54

They are offering seats from £27.90 - trouble is finding a performance with any available hmm

BackforGood Mon 16-Sep-13 23:39:36

You speak for yourself Mimi - that's a whopping great hole in our budget shock

I really like the theatre, and try to go about 4 or 5 times a year. Generally I go at the beginning of the week, and, 9 times out of 10, the theatre is 1/4 full or less. I'd have thought everybody would gain by the prices being more realistic - more people get to love theatre, and the cast get to play to a full house. I know this is a bit of a tangent as something like Matilda probably does manage to sell it's tickets, but it applies to most of the shows I go to. (Not in London)

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