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Reminder for Friends wanting to attend opening night without the extras....

 

Performance-only tickets in the Amphitheatre, Balcony and Stalls Circle will be available online. Priority booking for these performance-only tickets opens to all Friends on 22 November 2022 for this performance only. 

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On 18/11/2022 at 23:20, Lizbie1 said:

Really I'll be very glad if people do pay these prices. We can be very snooty about philanthropy in this country.

Will probably be snapped up by corporations and wealthy-folk-making-themselves-a-company-so-they-can-pay-less-tax using the opportunity as a tax lowering measure, and using it to impress clients/prospective clients/parents/girlfriends/would-be girlfriends.... 😂.

 

Sorry for the cynicism! - unfortunately my cynicism comes from having seen it before. 

 

I am going to “attend” Cinderella’s ball on one of the Humble Folk Nights. 😁

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2 hours ago, Emeralds said:

Will probably be snapped up by corporations and wealthy-folk-making-themselves-a-company-so-they-can-pay-less-tax using the opportunity as a tax lowering measure, and using it to impress clients/prospective clients/parents/girlfriends/would-be girlfriends.... 😂.

 

 

As someone who has been to a number of these events before, I can say that a large proportion of those attending do not fit into those categories (though as the ROH benefits from the gift aid portion, I don't see why the tax payers shouldn't also get some benefit, allowing them to give even more to good causes).

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9 hours ago, oncnp said:

Reminder for Friends wanting to attend opening night without the extras....

 

Performance-only tickets in the Amphitheatre, Balcony and Stalls Circle will be available online. Priority booking for these performance-only tickets opens to all Friends on 22 November 2022 for this performance only. 

9am or 10.00am?

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4 hours ago, zxDaveM said:

 

Not so very 'umble if you sit in the nice seats these days! 😉

I dare not look at the prices in advance although I know they’ve gone up, zxDaveM! Will just deal with it when the time comes to book! Maybe I could sit at the restricted view on one side for one cast and the opposite side for the next cast, thereby combining to give a composite view of the whole production. 🤣 Or to help me feel better, I could glance at the top prices of the new/long opera productions and think, well, at least Cinderella is cheaper. 😉

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4 hours ago, bangorballetboy said:

 

As someone who has been to a number of these events before, I can say that a large proportion of those attending do not fit into those categories (though as the ROH benefits from the gift aid portion, I don't see why the tax payers shouldn't also get some benefit, allowing them to give even more to good causes).

To paraphrase a well known supermarket ad- every little (and not so little) helps! 

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I got one of my usual Amphi tickets, at £66 instead of what I think is going to be ?£51 for the other performances. As a one-off I decided to splash out. (The real problem is the routine price of these tickets now! I will be going to fewer performances in future.)

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1 hour ago, annamk said:

Did anyone get SCS for the gala ? 

Per the ROH chat

"I'm afraid there is no standing available for the Gala. if this changes notifications will be sent out."

 

Why not? 

"I'm afraid we are not privy to the reasons why there is no standing available. For any further query you may want to forward an email to customerservices@roh.org.uk""

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9 minutes ago, oncnp said:

Per the ROH chat

"I'm afraid there is no standing available for the Gala. if this changes notifications will be sent out."

 

Why not? 

"I'm afraid we are not privy to the reasons why there is no standing available. For any further query you may want to forward an email to customerservices@roh.org.uk""

 

Ah thanks for asking. It's a first I think, the usual standing were available for the Swan Lake gala. 

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17 minutes ago, oncnp said:

Per the ROH chat

"I'm afraid there is no standing available for the Gala. if this changes notifications will be sent out."

 

Why not? 

"I'm afraid we are not privy to the reasons why there is no standing available. For any further query you may want to forward an email to customerservices@roh.org.uk""

 

I bet you anything they open the standing when general booking opens.  The same situation arose with the Coliseum when they swore over a bible that the balcony would not be opened for the Ukrainian Giselle ... and then, of course, later it did - even while there were seats elsewhere.  It makes sense from their perspective certainly in that people wanting standing today may - due to lack of availability - buy a seat.  Still, in the end - the VERY end - I'm sure they'll want to see EVERY penny to count.  .... but that's just my hunch.  

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6 hours ago, Amanda Liu said:

It seems really weird that Row C stall circles seats are £170 while Row B seats are £132

 

Yes, I noticed that odd anomaly too when I had a look. Not that it makes any difference to me, as both prices are well about what I could afford to pay and, for that matter, would think it reasonable to pay for a restricted view.

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I was extremely shocked at the price of the restricted view stalls circle seats. In 2019 I paid £36 for Manon.  Just now they cost £58 for Mayerling.  I thought theyd gone up to £70 for sleeping Beauty and Cinderella but checking the Cinderella prices I see they are actually  £84 for that which is incredible and the front row of the amphi is £132! How can this be affordable for a family for a family night out? Of course there are multiple reasons for the increase; covid, lack of international tourism, Arts Council cut and huge rise in energy costs. But even so....

 

I have written to Alex Beard,  expressing my concern over ticket increases and saying that the ROH used to help those who lived a distance away by cheaper matinées, now discontinued, and then there were the packages which were also discontinued. I said it is the loyal members who like seeing different casts who keep the ROH going but we don't feel very valued at the moment as there are no financial incentives to remain loyal, only deterrents in the shape of higher prices. I suggested a possible loyalty scheme to have slightly discounted prices the more performances booked for, or a pensioner discount like they have at the Coliseum. He did send me a detailed reply and said prices were increased because of the reasons mentioned above and because they had to break even to pay the artists and all their other bills. He said he'd pass my loyalty suggestions on to the relevant people, whoever they are. Surely he is the most relevant! Anyway, at least I've tried. 

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1 hour ago, jmhopton said:

I was extremely shocked at the price of the restricted view stalls circle seats. In 2019 I paid £36 for Manon.  Just now they cost £58 for Mayerling.  I thought theyd gone up to £70 for sleeping Beauty and Cinderella but checking the Cinderella prices I see they are actually  £84 for that

 

When I looked they were showing as £70 & that's quite bad enough. I hope they haven't been upped to £84 since the seating plan went up. (We are talking about the same seats? Stalls circle C17-22 & 92-96) There are 6 casts I'd like to see for Cinderella but at those prices... I definitely picked the wrong time to get into ballet.

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I think/hope that the tickets for the gala are more expensive than they will be for the other Cinderella performances - I couldn't check the normal rates when I looked the other day. (But even the 'normal' rates are generally now abnormally expensive, as far as I'm concerned.)

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7 hours ago, jmhopton said:

I said it is the loyal members who like seeing different casts who keep the ROH going but we don't feel very valued at the moment as there are no financial incentives to remain loyal, only deterrents in the shape of higher prices. I suggested a possible loyalty scheme to have slightly discounted prices the more performances booked for, or a pensioner discount like they have at the Coliseum. He did send me a detailed reply and said prices were increased because of the reasons mentioned above and because they had to break even to pay the artists and all their other bills. He said he'd pass my loyalty suggestions on to the relevant people, whoever they are. Surely he is the most relevant! Anyway, at least I've tried. 

 

Presumably they either don't regard loyal members as crucial in keeping the ROH going (the aim always being to attract new attenders), or they think that loyal members have bottomless pockets. The 'relevant people' (including Mr Beard) must already have considered the various possible loyalty/discount options - in fact all they've done is take away the one discount option there was, in the shape of packages.

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Prices for the gala Cinderella on 27th are higher than the rest of the run I think.

 

Given the - huge - loss sustained during the pandemic, given the cut in Arts Council funding, at a time when all other costs are rising, more money has to be found- the question is, where from?

Perhaps the most worrying thing about the Arts council cuts this year was the sense of unreliability. How can organisations plan ahead when they can't rely on a funding stream? ROH have seen others take really swingeing cuts and must be discussing- what to do if it's us next?

 

Ticket price rises seem inevitable - I don't feel I can blame them .

 

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9 hours ago, Dawnstar said:

 

When I looked they were showing as £70 & that's quite bad enough. I hope they haven't been upped to £84 since the seating plan went up. (We are talking about the same seats? Stalls circle C17-22 & 92-96) There are 6 casts I'd like to see for Cinderella but at those prices... I definitely picked the wrong time to get into ballet.

When I looked first they were showing as £70 as well. It's only when I started checking the casting again and clicked on the seat information and prices they came up as £84. I'm talking about the 'pale pink' seats on the filter, the ones restricted by a pillar eg C77. I'm hoping now they may be gala prices and the actual price is £70 which, like Dawnstar, I found a bad enough increase and will probably reduce my attendances.

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After inexpensive seats (without getting any discounts from a website or anywhere else) with perfect sight lines at London Coliseum and slightly cheaper seats at Sadler’s Wells with better  sightlines than ROH, it was indeed painful to return to ROH and have seats with poor slightlines that cost much more! Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker will sell well because of their names and partly because the public vaguely know these three have good stories and memorable music. Sometimes the high prices are there to stop a bun fight and ensure everyone  gets a chance to buy hotly anticipated and quick-selling tickets. It would be fairer if they can drop the prices for the second run, when the excitement has died down and it gets easier for eager fans to get tickets.

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3 minutes ago, jmhopton said:

When I looked first they were showing as £70 as well. It's only when I started checking the casting again and clicked on the seat information and prices they came up as £84. I'm talking about the 'pale pink' seats on the filter, the ones restricted by a pillar eg C77. I'm hoping now they may be gala prices and the actual price is £70 which, like Dawnstar, I found a bad enough increase and will probably reduce my attendances.

 

A spot check of various non-gala C77 is coming up as £70

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3 hours ago, Mary said:

Given the - huge - loss sustained during the pandemic, given the cut in Arts Council funding, at a time when all other costs are rising, more money has to be found- the question is, where from?

 

Do they not receive any funding from the royal family at all, given their patronage?

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