I haven't got much booked in advance either this year. I used to, to save on train tickets with advance fares, but I've had so many disappointments I've decided it's better to wait for reviews and maybe brave the National Express coach again, unless it's a tiny theatre and an actor or writer I love.
I’ve got a lot booked, unlike you, just none of it here or at the National. I’d definitely be more circumspect if a theatre trip involved the planning and booking of yours. Whereabouts do you live?
And also after Seawall was such a smash. Not complaining, I haven’t got round to booking yet.
Sea Wall was a two-week run, which probably has a lot to do with why tickets went much more quickly on the day booking opened. For THIS, that initial surge of demand was spread across a much greater number of performances.
Plus, it was actually written for Andrew Scott, and is rarely performed by him, which made it just that little bit more special.
Certainly experience with the Old Vic (eg the dire 17c and the not-wholly-successful Wise Children and The American Clock) has taught me to wait for reviews and offers.
Also, Present Laughter is a play which comes round far too often and though there'll always be people who've never seen it or not too frequently, I've had enough of it and find it a disappointing choice for this venue.
And lastly, Andrew Scott is no draw for me and I don't get the fuss about him; in fact, I'd probably prefer not to see him. (Yes, heresy to some.)
This is my view, too. The OV has such wild veering in quality from play to play it's unreal.
I also don't think Scott can do anything beyond "slightly unhinged," which he proved in spades in Birdland. If he can give a character tear-filled crazy eyes, by God he will do it.
990 in the queue and an hours wait. Managed to get the last unrestricted view stalls seat (L31) left. All else that was left were a few restricted stalls, quite a few restricted circle and a few unrestricted view circle seats. I did not check the upper circle, my last visit to that level put me off ever sitting there again. Mind you, that was in 1970! (Coriolanus with Anthony Hopkins)
Am also confused by this thread today. Did booking for this only open today? After the new season booking the other day/last week? Just panic checked and I did book a very cheap ticket in the stalls a month ago.