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13 June 2007 @ 07:24 am
At-door admissions?  
Thanks for the responses to my last question. I think we're going to try to see Merchant.

Catch is, it's playing the evening we arrive -- and we don't know how jet lagged we'll be -- or a Saturday matinee.

If we want seats (and I will want to sit; can't stay on my feet long enough to groundling), how likely will it be that we can get them day of the show?

Thanks in advance. I saw the Exhibition my last visit to London, but it was November so no shows were playing. Seeing a play @ the Globe is one of my must-see experiences.
fadrynfadryn on June 13th, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC)
Seats tend to sell out faster than groundling tickets, and on Saturdays in high summer you are usually very lucky to get in at all as a day purchaser as most tickets have often already been sold weeks/months in advance. I would definitely book in advance if you can.

Are you sure you want to sit. The seats are not the most comfortable to sit on for a performance as they are just wooden benches, and even the cushions that they sell don't make a huge difference. When I took my dad for the first time he insisted on sitting and was so uncomfortable that he decamped to the pub in the interval and never came back.

If you really want to experience the globe the best way to do it, in my opinion, is as a groundling. Leaning against the stage takes the weight off your feet to an extent and as long as you keep shifting your weight you'll be fine.

I've been to the Globe as a groundling with my mum on several occassions (she's in her late 50s) and she manages just fine, and loves the proximity to the stage and the action. It's also a great place for people watching.

Also, again this is personal preference, I would go for the afternoon performance on the Saturday. The Globe performances would have always been in the afternoons in the sixteenth century, and by going to the afternoon performances you get a much better idea about what it was like to go to the Globe in Elizabethan times. Plus it will give you a chance to rest up after your flight!

Just look out for the annoying helicopters and planes as they fly over which completely ruin your Elizabethan facade! :)
Cheshyre: blue haircheshyre on June 13th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the advice; we'll book tickets now (if any are left)

I think I may still get seats, particularly since Saturday's forecast is for "heavy showers" (plus, I know my feet will be killing me by the end of vacation, so I want to pamper them as much as possible. my bum will forgive me :D )
(Anonymous) on June 13th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
Queue for Returns
If they don't have advance tickets for the show you want, don't despair. I've had good luck in the past by queueing for returns. It does take time away from other travel activities since you should get there 1.5-2 hours ahead, but if you want to see a sold-out show, that's the way to go (you can always grab a sandwich and have lunch or dinner while you wait). Have a great time!