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Ten signs you are becoming an older theatregoer

June 20, 2018

Last week, I tweeted that I knew I was getting older when I was offered a choice of sitting upstairs or standing downstairs at a pop concert for the same money… and was delighted to get a seat.

The number of “likes” for that tweet suggested either empathy or the “Great British Mickey Take” (not sure which, though several I’d considered ‘friends’ until then). Anyhow, it made me realise that there are many other signs to look for… and I needed a quick blog, so a listicle it is:

1) You remember when the current revival was originally that cutting-edge smash hit… starring actors who have now passed away.

2) You are now older than practically everybody working on “Les Miserables” and “The Phantom Of The Opera” both on stage and off. Indeed, most of the cast wasn’t even born until way after you’d seen the show at least for the third time.

3) You choose your seat for a combination of few stairs to get to it / enough legroom and backrest not to aggravate the muscles / proximity to the exit / dashing distance to the loo. You also remember when they had ashtrays on the backs.

4) You actually need the loo before, at the interval and after the show.

5) You book a midweek matinee because you don’t have to work – but still hope it is over before the rush-hour.

6) You make a game effort with Google, but still don’t have a clue who the “star name” that ensures a sold out show actually is.

7) You use ear-plugs even at a Rogers and Hammerstein revival.

8) You are mildly irritated that afternoon tea, served to your seat, is no longer an option.

9) You remember when phone and photography warnings were not required.

10) Most of all, you remember when your seat cost less than the souvenir brochure does now… but heave a sigh of relief that you are in on the ‘senior discount’ anyway.

  1. Patricia Dobbs permalink
    June 20, 2018 8:56 pm

    Am guilty of 7 of those. And yes I am old but still love the theatre. 😊

    • Steve Rich permalink*
      June 21, 2018 8:19 am

      I won’t ask which seven, LOL. I have to admit I didn’t dare tally mine, so you are braver than I am. Love the theatre too, though :).

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