West End questions

gfaustswa
Leading Actor
joined:3/30/07
West End questions
Posted: 1/18/13 at 04:14pm
Will be in London in June and just bought tickets to A Chorus Line and Matilda. Two questions. First, what is theatre attire like in London? New York I think is a bit casual. Is it the same in London? Or more dressy? Also, are the window cards the same size and made out of card board? Or are they paper, which would allow them to be rolled? Thanks for your help!!
PastorErnst
Broadway Star
joined:4/20/09
West End questions
Posted: 1/18/13 at 04:25pm
I would say London is also a bit casual. More dressy for evening performances than mats though.

I can't speak for A Chorus Line, but Matilda did not have a windowcard when I was there in December. However, they were selling posters printed on paper.
gfaustswa
Leading Actor
joined:3/30/07
West End questions
Posted: 1/18/13 at 04:27pm
Thank you for the info!
yankeefan7
Broadway Legend
joined:4/14/12
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Posted: 1/18/13 at 04:33pm
I saw a couple of shows on the West End last May and I would say most people were dressed in business casual attire.
everythingtaboo
Broadway Legend
joined:5/5/04
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Posted: 1/18/13 at 05:24pm
In my experience, window cards, when they are on sale, are a little bit smaller than Broadway's.

I agree with PastorErnst on attire, but it really runs the gamut, like here. I always say the occasion is what you make of it, so you'll always see a mix.


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Rainbowhigh23
Broadway Legend
joined:3/29/12
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Posted: 1/18/13 at 05:37pm
At Cabaret at the Savoy, one man next to me got a compliment on how dapper he was dressed; him and his partner were quite formal but not black tie; other rows everyone dressed more business casual, but one lady was definitely over casual and looked like she pulled her outfit out of the hamper. Overall, though, I noticed that in people liked to dress nicer for the theater than what you normally see on Broadway. Don't be afraid to look your finest when you see a show! But it's not a prereq.
gfaustswa
Leading Actor
joined:3/30/07
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Posted: 1/19/13 at 11:13am
Thanks for the responses! So do we think that window cards from London can be rolled with out destroying them? Assuming they are even available!
allofmylife
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joined:3/8/05
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Posted: 1/19/13 at 09:33pm
Why not switch over to the West End board and ask some of the lads over there?
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Leadingplayer
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joined:5/12/03
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Posted: 1/20/13 at 10:34pm
Who is the guy in PastorErnst's photo?
PastorErnst
Broadway Star
joined:4/20/09
West End questions
Posted: 1/21/13 at 08:21am
@Leadingplayer That is Matthew James Thomas. He played the title role in A.R.T.'s production of Pippin... and will (presumably) do so again on Broadway.

A.R.T. - American Repertory Theater - Matthew James Thomas