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Website Updated 08/07/15
This is a not-for-profit UK theatre-going group for our friends and colleagues and their own extended group of friends. It costs nothing to join us but must be by personal introduction from another member of the group. We provide tickets at group discounts (and coach transport from Southend, if required) for London theatres. We do not sell tickets to the public. 
Welcome to our Theatre Group website - we hope you will find all the information you need.  
Organisers: Fredo & Mike - E-mail: or 
>Latest Offers: It's time to make a booking -  
Romeo & Juliet + Splendour + Teddy Ferrara + Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Details of all Available Bookings are shown on the Current Bookings page - 
click HERE or on the individual ads above.  
 Extra Discounts for our Donmar Friends
>Next Theatre Visits:
Tuesday 7 July 
at the Barbican Theatre 
(Two coaches - Two hours 30 mins) 
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Robert Sean Leonard has returned in triumph to the role of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Leonard, with his crumpled linen suit and briefcase, has something of the Willy Loman look about him, and his Atticus seems to visibly age over the course of the play's two-and-a-half hour running time as the realities of racial prejudice in 1930s Alabama take their toll. Timothy Sheader's Brechtian production sees the cast narrate the action (in English accents) direct from copies of the book. It's reverent but never staid, clear but never over-simplified.
Sunday 12 July 2.30pm* 
at the National: Olivier Theatre 
(Two hours 40 mins) 
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Libby Purves 
Towering staircases and sliding panels transform the big stage from tavern to genteel house, with a pleasingly inexplicable intermittent folk-band lurking on the top landing. Here for two and a half frenzied hours Simon Godwin zingily interprets George Farquar’s Restoration comedy with a cast of 21, not one part a dud. It is farce bordering on panto, edged with songs, enlivened with scuffles, glorified with random absurdities and containing a hard nugget of feminist polemic. 
*12/07/15 The Beaux' Stratagem - this is a 2.30pm matinee.  
Please note coach departure times - 
Palace Theatre: 11.30am; Chalkwell Schools: 11.35;  Elms: 11.40; 
Thames  Drive: 11.45;   Hadleigh: 11.50;  Tarpots: 11.55;   Five Bells: 12.00
Updated 05/07/15 -   
What we see without the Group:  click HERE or on the ads below
>News and Information: Please scroll down the page    
 The Booking Fees minefield 
If you try to book tickets on line today, you're sure of a big surprise. You will find first that seats usually cost considerably more than we charge you. Group discounts can lower the cost of theatre-going considerably, but for the booker wanting a pair of good seats, the price can rocket - there will most likely be additional charges such as Booking Fees, Admin Fees, and a Restoration Levy. That levy (usually £1.00 - £1.50) is to help keep the roof on a theatre, but other fees go to the commercial ticketing agency - it's the price you pay for the job they do.  
  Such agencies usually have no direct connection with the show or theatre you are booking for, but they may have their own allocation of tickets. They go by deceptive names like LoveTheatre, TheatreTicketsDirect, BoxOffice, or Ticketmaster. Some do offer discounts but they may also charge large fees - read the small print carefully and know what actual seats you are purchasing. A friend recently tried to book for the Branagh Theatre Season at a commercial agency and found he was being charged an extra £10 per ticket! Some agencies charge less but others charge more. Particularly beware of agencies like Viagogo who charge huge sums for reselling unwanted tickets for sold out shows. Tickets bought from them could cost you hundreds of pounds. 
  But there is a way around the booking fee maze. Here is a tip that could save you pounds......Continued HERE 
Ticket Price Watch updated 21/04/15: 
 Many of you will have seen the announcement last Friday that Kenneth Branagh is launching a year long season of plays at the Garrick Theatre this coming October. It is all very tempting - The Winter's Tale with Judi Dench; Terrence Ratigan's Harlequinade; Rob Brydon with Branagh in The Painkiller; Richard Madden and Lily James from Branagh's film of Cinderella in Romeo and Juliet; and John Osborne's The Entertainer starring Branagh himself. You will want to see at least some of these plays and we would love to take you. But.... 
Continued HERE
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Venice Footnotes 
+ photos 
Click on the ear (above) to read about 
Hearing Devices 
now available in many theatres. They may be of help to YOU.
Libby Purves 
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to read Libby's reviews 
Ticket Price Watch:  
For updates on higher prices and what the producers want you to pay. We also give you occasional news on any Discount offers -  
Click HERE
Updated 10/02/15
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Theatre Tokens: 
They make ideal gifts for theatre-going friends. They are available in denominations of £20, £10 and £5 and can be used to buy theatre tickets at all West End theatres and the half-price tkts booth in Leicester Square. You can buy them from us and we accept them too.