A rather strange article in the Standard today saying that "West End stars and theatre-goers" were urging West End theatres to allow glasses into the auditorium rather than forcing everyone to drink from plastic cups.
It's not entirely clear who this group are, apart from the people interviewed, and as the article makes clear, Westminster council does not demand that theatres use plastic (although if an establishment has problems they may be forced to use plastic, as happens in some rowdy pubs). The one theatre that I know did previously allow glass, Above the Stag, is now plastic-only due to the risk of breakages, and that they believe glasses make more noise (although that is a small auditorium)
I was amused by Jodie Prenger's quote: "For some performances, the more you drink the better it gets."
For some performances, being comatose through drink is definitely the best state to view the production...
I guess the main argument for switching to glass (which oddly isn't mentioned in the article!) is to reduce the environmental impact of the number of single-use plastic cups that are used.
I find plastic cups with ice in them noisier than glass ones. A breakage would be annoying and dangerous though. I'd rather they just lowered the prices though, plastic doesn't bother me to drink from at all.
Maybe they should try camping-style enamel cups? I can't see how they'd make much difference to the taste of wine, if you're not bothered by drinking from plastic either.
Btw, they should make it obligatory to unwrap and decant sweets etc into a carton before you go in. Girl next to me on the front row of Hamlet unwrapped and ate a whole pack of paper-covered sweets. And it was front row, right by the actors because it was in the Almeida, so I couldn't turn and say shut up.
They allow glasses and bottles into Southwark Playhouse which has wooden floor and no carpeting. You can guarantee everytime that at least 6 people will kick over their glass or bottle during a quiet bit of the show. I quietly tutt under my breath.
Post by profquatermass on Aug 8, 2017 18:48:46 GMT
I assume, possibly wrongly, that those thick plastic glasses are reusable
I was in a pub in Villiers Street the other day (can't remember the name, it's about half way down on the East side) and half way through the evening they switched to plastie glasses. There was a notice on the bar mentioning licensing regulations but the same restrictions don't apply to anywhere else round there (certainly not the All Bar One opposite)
No, I'm sorry but glass can be dangerous. Not being soppy but glass shards are v difficult to spot when something breaks and glass is also unpredictable as to breakability. And what if in an emotional moment you squeeze the glass just too much...no, sorry, stick to plastic but make it better quality plastic.
I quite liking having a drink while seeing a show but I'm not bothered whether it is in plastic or in glass, I have been to shows where they have allowed glass in and some eejit has either broken a glass or knocked over a wine bottle while the show is in flow and mayhem has ensued, so I'd say leave things as they are.
I have been to shows where they have allowed glass in and some eejit has either broken a glass or knocked over a wine bottle while the show is in flow and mayhem has ensued, so I'd say leave things as they are.
It happens regularly at the Open Air, Regent's Park, and it makes the aisle lethal.
Another very good reason to keep them banned is that having a weapon to hand may eventually prove too tempting to someone who's "Shhhhhhh" has been constantly ignored...
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