Would you complain to the theatre? Went to a matinee with two DdS today at a brand new theatre complex where the sight lines were appalling. Dd2 said after Act 1 "I don't think we will be able to see the 32 fouettés".not because we had poo seats / behind a pillar, just the performance was very far back on the stage and obscured by the wings. I reassured her, but I was wrong! We saw about 8 fouettés as the dancer was all over the stage.
Did not complain but wanted to. DH said - in a supportive way - we should write a letter of complaint but I am not sure if this is unreasonable.
Hmm. So nothing indicated poor sight lines when you bought the tickets? If it’s newly constructed I wonder if how ballet would be viewed on the stage hasn’t been considered well enough. I might send an email, they might not be aware there’s an issue.
Seat pricing is usually based on visibility. If you were in budget seats there isn't much you can do. It does sound as if the choreography was weak if the pivotal points were far in the wings though, so it may be a direction issue rather than the theatre per se. Was it a travelling production or was it stage set for that theatre? That would inform how I handled the issue.
I'm guessing you weren't warned about poor visibility when you booked/paid? Our local theatres have 'markers' on seats where you can't see the stage clearly - generally they're the slightly cheaper ones (and often the only ones left for popular shows!). This sounds more like poor planning/stage management though. I'd complain if for no other reason than to point out that they need to actually look at rehearsals from the patrons' point of view, not just stick the performers at the back of the stage and hope for the best. I mean, they can't have been that worried about them falling off
Yes, I would complain. Most theatres are explicit about which seats have restricted views, and if yours weren’t marked I would be complaining. The 32 fouettés are a bit of a highlight of Swan Lake so missing them is not on. Also, I’m sure the artists would be disappointed to know their audience couldn’t see them!