High price of treats at the theatre

First published in Letters

IT'S nice to know that at least one Malvern business is doing its bit to cut alcohol consumption and sugar-based products for customers in line with government health advice.

A large glass of wine at £6.75, a smaller one at £4.95 and for those driving, a soda and lime for a mere £2. Oh, and three small tubs of ice-cream, a miserly £7.50.

Thank you, Malvern Theatres, for caring and thank you for an £8 booking fee for four theatre tickets, not on a credit, but on a debit card.

And, a conversation with a country pub landlord, not scientific I know, elicited that lime and soda was 80p and a large glass of wine was £4.90. Bonne sant!

Chris Mair

Upton-upon-Severn

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5:55pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Bufton Tufton says...

The bar and cafe staff are reasonably civil but why are the box office staff so po-faced and unfriendly? Never a smile. The big boss man Nic Lloyd has been in post for at least a dozen years and I wonder if its time for a new broom, surely this type of post is not a job for life. Where are the friendly old ladies who used to run the cafe on a voluntary basis? The brasserie area being screened off from the main hall/foyer now looks rather claustrophobic too. Still there is no big notice outside with "Now Showing", as in cinemas and theatres in times past. The recent uncovering of the bricks at the main entrance has been a disaster, they are of cheap rough material and intended to be rendered over, they were never designed to be exposed and look very crude.
The bar and cafe staff are reasonably civil but why are the box office staff so po-faced and unfriendly? Never a smile. The big boss man Nic Lloyd has been in post for at least a dozen years and I wonder if its time for a new broom, surely this type of post is not a job for life. Where are the friendly old ladies who used to run the cafe on a voluntary basis? The brasserie area being screened off from the main hall/foyer now looks rather claustrophobic too. Still there is no big notice outside with "Now Showing", as in cinemas and theatres in times past. The recent uncovering of the bricks at the main entrance has been a disaster, they are of cheap rough material and intended to be rendered over, they were never designed to be exposed and look very crude. Bufton Tufton
  • Score: 29

7:59am Wed 30 Jul 14

Bufton Tufton says...

PS. If you look at the various theatres around the country where travelling theatre companies stage their productions you will find Malvern usually has some of the highest ticket prices compared to when the same productions are shown other provincial theatres. One of the reasons for this is that groups of pensioners are bused in from the villages surrounding Malvern and are able to see shows at highly reduced prices, the cost of the coach transport and ticked combined being considerably less than the ticket price being offered at the box- office.
PS. If you look at the various theatres around the country where travelling theatre companies stage their productions you will find Malvern usually has some of the highest ticket prices compared to when the same productions are shown other provincial theatres. One of the reasons for this is that groups of pensioners are bused in from the villages surrounding Malvern and are able to see shows at highly reduced prices, the cost of the coach transport and ticked combined being considerably less than the ticket price being offered at the box- office. Bufton Tufton
  • Score: 25

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