In actual seriousness, this does open up an issue between ticket prices and being able to see the full stage. I do always try to be considerate to the people behind me when space in the seat allows, and at some concerts I have been known to perch on my upturned seat if the people behind are tiny when everyone stands up. But for this one, will the sheer cost of tickets create more of an issue with this? I have witnessed so many altercations over the years when people have stood up at concerts against the wishes of those behind. I can only imagine that the financial outlay for this one will make people even more territorial - I think how I respond will depend on who is in front and who is behind, and then judge it on the night.
When Pet Shop Boys played the Royal Opera House, which is the closest parallel I can think to this, everyone stood almost immediately. For the second run last year, ROH said that if you wanted to see the stage without standing, you should book the front row of a section...
(That was a bizarre and completely wonderful gig, one striking thing being how keen the ROH bars were to sell alcohol to take into the auditorium, something STRICTLY forbidden for ROH productions...)
That seems to be their intent with the verified fan thing - they do the random ballot of entries and open up sales, release a few more tickets and allow a second wave of verified fans in before throwing any leftovers over to GA.
I think it was always unlikely that this was going to be an instant sell out at the prices that are being charged. I haven't missed a Madonna tour since 1993 and it certainly made me very picky about what I would accept.
Are there bylaws in the WE about what time theatres have to close? It’s scheduled to start at 8pm but she’s never been on time when I’ve seen her before. Even if the Palladium stays open people will have tubes and buses to catch so I hope she’s not going to be swanning on at 9.30.
Yes, but they can apply for extensions. The Palladium isn't in a residential area, so they will probably get away with it. If it isn't for those meddling kids, of course.
Just to change tact here, I wonder what happened when the late great Sir Ken Dodd was touring, you’d never know what side of midnight you’d be leaving the theatre, so I wonder what would happen in this case in applying for an extension?