Ah, the Globe. One of my favourite ever theatres; as I’m sure you’ve realised by now I do have a fondness for ol’ Billy Shakes, but I think the Globe has an energy and an atmosphere unlike any other theatre in London (possibly the world). Also £5 standing tickets are the best views in the house and LITERALLY CHEAPER THAN THE PROGRAMME COST FOR BC’S HAMLET.
As You Like It is one of my absolute favourite Shakespeare plays. It’s got everything you could possibly want from the Bard: cross-dressing, songs, dances, and there’s even a lion. I saw a cracking version at Shakespeare’s Globe last summer, which was everything As You Like It should be, but this production is very different. Where the Globe’s production was a full-blow summer romp, Polly Findlay’s Arden is far bleaker, but nevertheless there is still a real warmth to the production; mainly due to the astonishing set design.
Alrighty, another trip to the Donmar – as we’ve already discussed, this place is my jam – but this time not through Barclays Front Row tickets. I tried twice to buy tickets through the scheme (they’re released every Monday at 10am for performances a fortnight ahead) but failed miserably both times, so instead I tried my hand at day seats. The Donmar have 20 standing tickets at the back of the circle sold on the day for £7.50 for every performance, except press night.
The National have done a very clever thing with Husbands and Sons. Combining three of D. H. Lawrence’s plays about mining families in the East Midlands, it really allows the audience to get more out of each play, automatically drawing parallels between the three families, giving you greater insight into each.
I friggin’ love the Donmar. It is probably my favourite ever theatre (sorry Globe), which I suspect has something to do that the first thing I saw there was Coriolanus with Tom Hiddleston, but nevertheless I have always enjoyed my visits there.
What’s more, my visits are always super duper cheap. They run this brilliant scheme called Barclays Front Row, enabling you to buy front row seats for £10 for EVERY PERFORMANCE. The tickets are available online on Mondays at 10am for performances two weeks later, and they usually sell out within minutes so it’s worth hovering around on the web page a couple of minutes before to click the link the instant it goes live. The view from the seats are always amazing (like I said, they’re all front row), but in case you miss out then the standard ticket prices are actually pretty reasonable, and usually standing tickets at the rear of the circle are sold on the day for £7.50.
I’ll be honest with you: I didn’t think there was even the remotest chance that I would get to see Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet live on stage. The entire run sold out in literally seconds (and in any case the majority of tickets were far beyond my budget), I missed out on the £10 ticket ballot in June, and, much as I love Mr Cumberbatch, there was absolutely no way I was going to queue outside overnight for day tickets. I had very much totally and utterly resigned myself to the fact that I would not see this particular production.