"It has to prove it finally knows how to live within its means"by Tom Sutcliffe / March 18, 2016 / Leave a comment
Theatre in London is extremely popular and the floods of tourists from around the world are immensely profitable for major impresarios like Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Musicals, like Phantom of the Opera, can run for decades. So why shouldn’t opera—just another form of musical theatre—test how much the punters will pay? At the annual Glyndebourne Festival Opera, as at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, seats can cost as much as £250 a throw. Given that some operas can sell seats at this price, does the art-form (or indeed any theatre) deserve substantial hand-outs from the public purse?