The Value for Money Rating

Traditionally, productions have rated on the quality of the production. This depends on how it’s directed, interpreted, designed and performed. That mark is crucial to the development of the industry and also informing a potential audience on what to expect. That is not going to change.

However, with prices increasing, audiences are also concerned on whether the production is worth the price. Prices of tickets in London have now surpassed £200.

On June 11th 2018 I introduced a new second rating for each review I write.

The value for money rating is there as an added rating to analyse whether the production is worth the price of a ticket. Where I am kindly gifted a ticket, I will be transparent with how much that ticket is worth.

Below I set out a rough indicator of what each rating means:

A outstanding mix of price bands for this produced, based on quality of the performance, the size of the production and the production values.The producer and theatre have it spot on
An excellent mix of price bands for this production, based on quality of the performance, the size of the production and the production values.
Based on the quality of the performance, the size of the production and the production values the price bands are ok for this production but prices could have been more accessible.
The ticket price of this production was too high. Considerations have been given to the scale of the production, the quality of the production but the pricing structure was off for the production you were getting.
This production was too overpriced. Not even the production scale, performances of the values of the production could justify the price.

This extra rating hopefully will give you an insight about whether a production is worth the cost of a ticket or whether it’s worth shopping around to try and find a better deal.

This new ratings means a production with ticket bands between £50 and £250 have to prove that they are worth more compared to a production with bands varying between £10 and £40.

I hope this explains my second rating that will start to pop up on my reviews and if you have any thoughts let me know @TheatreTwittic

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