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9 Nov 2008


For those of you , freaks of English theater, here’s a tidbit that maybe you find interesting. It seems that it was usual in London theaters that the audience paid only a part of the fee if they left before the end of the play. Even those who were not Scottish! And also that the VIPs could sit at the stage, supposedly to listen and to see better, but probably to be seen better, also. Well, it was the immortal Shakespearean actor David Garrick, who in the 18th century, when he became manager of the Drury Lane Theater, changed all this. Of course, part of the public got annoyed, but I think he was right. After all, if you go to a restaurant and you discover that you don´t like the dish you have ordered, what do you do? To pay only for the part of the meat you have eaten?

1 comment:

  1. Well, in times of economic crises and rushing ways of living, I don't think that paying for parts of a play is such a bad idea: if you don't have enough money, buy just a couple of acts! If you are the type of person who intends to do a hundred things in a day, just attend the final scenes and use ambiguous arguments to comment on the whole play after it.