Worth noting that another Uber competitor, Taxify, was shut down just a few weeks ago. This isn't a campaign against Uber - it's asking new entrants to meet the same requirements of other market participants.
I used Uber and Lyft when I was in Los Angeles and Chicago and they were very good but I have heard horror stories about Uber but TBH you'd get the same with any private hire company.
Taxify's license was suspended as they took over another company's license rather than apply for their own
If we're going with wrong theatre stories, first time I saw Wicked there was a kerfuffle over a couple sat in someone's seats. They were adamant they had the right ones and it turned out they did...just in the wrong theatre. They should have been in the opera at Covent Garden.
You'd think the marquee blazened with the name of the show would be the obvious clue. Do people not check their tickets which usually has the address of the theatre and even if they don't, a quick map search will do it.
Any more guesses for Surprise Film? If it's Darkest Hour, I can't for the life of me think why they wouldn't do it as a gala with a massive fanfare. Joe Wright, Gary Oldman and KST all on the red carpet for a huge Leicester Square event is textbook LFF. It doesn't make sense for them to do it as the Surprise Film if they managed to get it.
So I hope it's Lady Bird.
I liked it to be The Post but I imagine it's not ready yet and probably will debut at the NYFF
A little off-topic but for the umpteenth time, chaps, it isn't the issue of "bathroom breaks" (though please bear in mind that for some people it may be) but in my case, a different sort of physical discomfort due to a medical condition. But as others have pointed out, the longer the uninterrupted running time, the harder it is to remain focused. All I'm asking is that directors play (!) fair and announce as early as possible any plans regarding intervals and that theatres publish an approximate running time asap and allow people to amend/cancel their bookings, without a penalty, if necessary.
Unless it's a revival, you can't expect a theatre to know the running time of a new play that far in advance, they might have a rough idea but until they see a full performance, it's unwise to publish a run time that might be wrong and I doubt Rufus is going to start harassing directors for if a play is going to have an interval or not if the director is still working on the piece.
Seem to be tix for quite a few dates now but oh help, the website is also saying c 2 hours, no interval! Cursing yet another interval-free production anywhere but that it should be at the NT again is really galling. At this rate perhaps they should instead announce which productions will have the benefit of an interval.
Two hours isn't that long considering I've said through longer films and epic plays like Angels in America. Maybe you should write to Rufus Norris and complain!
I think broadly speaking with any travel you appreciate there's a risk- look at Ryanair this week!
But I wouldn't personally book for very first previews for exactly these reasons- if anything is going to be cancelled (and I'm talking literally first 2-3 shows here not the scale of Hamilton granted) it's those. For that reason I'm not going to New York for the opening shows of Angels, it's not a big risk but it's a risk. And if I'm that passionate about seeing something I'm hedging my bets. But still I could fly there, and the whole theatre could happen to flood, or there's a power cut, or the Cats cast re-invade the theatre...anything. It is, as we're saying all a bit of a gamble.
I have had first previews cancelled and you know, I don't expect anything other than a refund or my tickets rebooked for another day. Asking for another freebie is taking the biscuit!
I mean honestly yeah, they have a few valid points about seats, toliets and whatnot. And we all like a good moan, but the difference being us lot, and a lot of unpaid critics out there (hello) or underpaid ones, are not being paid a BBC (Male presenter) salary for talking about it. I don't like bloody Excel spreadsheets but I suck it up and use them because it's part of my job.
Don't people like Coren realise most theatres are quite old hence why toilets are in limited supply and seats aren't comfortable but sitting for long stretches of time isn't comfortable so he should suck it up! Same with those complaining about when they start and finish, it's live theatre and I imagine the times are done for the majority not the minority!