RE: Applause during Legally Blonde The Musical press previews

Dear Sirs,

I am writing on behalf of the Honourable Alliance of Theatre Critics for Real Newspapers to express my concern about your organisation’s behaviour during recent previews for Legally Blonde The Musical.

Staggering the press previews for this production might be helpful in offering Theatre Critics flexibility in their timetables and allowing Theatre Critics to experience what a real performance is like but it really misses the point about why we Theatre Critics are Theatre Critics in the first place. I didn’t get to have a chat with my mates beforehand (who are also Theatre Critics, you understand) and the chances of seeing another Walker/Shuttleworth bust up was dramatically diminished by having to guess which night they’d both come to.

All of this pales in comparison to the dreadful treatment afforded some of my fellow Theatre Critics. Some have reported being forced to sit in the middle of a row (!) containing ordinary people. As if that’s not bad enough, some of these people enjoyed the show and applauded at the end whilst standing up. I mean really. The last time I stood up in a theatre was in 1954 and that was only because Harold Hobson needed the loo.

Needless to say I hated your pink fluffy enjoyable play at The Savoy. Hated it with a passion. Not enough to pay for a ticket and justifiably break the embargo (what do you think I am, a blogger?) but enough to tell everyone that Michael Billington will HATE this when he writes about it on Thursday. That’ll teach you.

Yours faithfully,
Honourable Alliance of Theatre Critics for Real Newspapers