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Fredo's Theatre Group 
Website updated 19/04/18
Welcome to our Theatre Group website - we hope you will find all the information you need. This is a not-for-profit UK theatre-going group for our friends and colleagues (see foot of page).  
We do not sell tickets to the public. 
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Wednesday 25 April 
7.30 performance 
at the 
Royal Opera House 
Covent Garden 
Ballet Triple Bill 
including Elite Syncopations 
 
No reviews available yet
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tuesday 1 May 
at the 
Piccadilly Theatre 
Strictly Ballroom 
 
 
 
 
No reviews or pictures available yet
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THE WAY OF THE WORLD 
We always enjoy our evenings at the Donmar's Director's Forum performances. They combine our favourite activities of theatre-going and spending times with friends with a chance to hear the play discussed with the cast afterwards. On this occasion, we decided to attend a pre-show discussion; The Way of the World by William Congreve is a long play, and though Restoration comedy had a great vogue about 50 years ago, it has lately fallen out of fashion, so here was a chance to do our homework on this production.
 
 
Photo by Johan Persson
The reception took place in the elegant Donmar nerve-centre in Dryden Street (elegant, yes, but with the most uncomfortable couch I've sat on in a long time!) and we caught up with our friends on the Donmar team before the presentation started.  
Literary Manager Clare Slater introduced cast member Jenny Jules, and welcomed her back to the Donmar. Jenny's previous appearance on the Donmar stage had been playing Cassius in the all female Julius Caesar, and she recalled the nay-sayers telling her that it would never work - and of course, the production was a groundbreaking success, eventually travelling to New York. On this occasion, Jenny is very firmly in a female character, as Mrs Marwood, one of the scheming characters in Congreve's complex play.  
It's obvious why directors like working with Jenny Jules. She has a quick intelligence, is analytical and articulate and her natural elegance gives her a dynamic stage presence. When Clare asked her what kind of muscle is required for Restoration comedy, she admitted that she had spent two weeks trying to understand just what the characters were saying! She even tried to find a modern English translation for the play, as our language has changed since Congreve's day. In fact, she commented, contemporary English is more like Shakespeare's language than Restoration expression. Thank God, she added, for 'Cliffs Notes'.  
The director Jamers MacDonald had coached the cast into fluency with the language, so that they understood what they were trying to express, and this in turn provides a key for the audience. And the Donmar audiences had been responding well to the comedy, as well as to the twists and turns of the plot.  
The other key had been provided by the sumptuous costumes. These had not been available in rehearsal, but... /continued HERE 
 
We have important news for you from Covent Garden. It is not good news. 
For your further information, we have now received a reply from the Royal Opera House. 
Please click HERE to go to the continuing correspondence. 
 
For several years we have been taking you to the Royal Opera House to see the occasional opera but mainly a wide selection of ballet performances. This has been possible because of the very generous discounts of up to 45% offered to group bookers. We have been offered seats both in the Amphitheatre and Orchestra Stalls, and the discounts on these seats have made Covent Garden accessible for many of us who could otherwise not have afforded to go. This is about to change. 
The Royal Opera House has made an announcement that discounts for groups are being curtailed - 
 
"Given increasing pressures on our income as a result of tough economic conditions, reduced funding and rising expenditure, we must make sure that we manage our costs effectively. We have reviewed all the packages and ticket prices across the organisation to ensure that we are as efficient as possible whilst remaining fair to our customers. As a result, we will be reducing the group rates to a level that we believe reflects the quality on our stage and which is more in line with the wider sector. We have loved having your customers here at the Royal Opera House and hope this won't deter you from returning again."
This has a strong hint of Goodbye about it - "Oh! we don't want to lose you but we think you ought to go!" 
 
The Summer Season offers opera discounts of only 10%. Ballet performances are very limited and there is no discount, so we must wait until the next season to see if any discounts are offered for future ballet performances, and if so what the percentage may be. 
It occurs to me that previous discounts must have been offered for the following reasons - 
1. To encourage bookers who may otherwise not have afforded the tickets; 
2. To build a new audience and reward regular attendees; 
3. To fill seats which may otherwise have remained unsold at the full prices; and 
4. To dissuade us from accusing the ROH of being elitist. 
It further occurs to me that none of the above reasons have changed; all remain valid. 
 
We have written to our contact in the Groups Department at Covent Garden to give them our response to their news. Here are some points from our letter - 
"As you know, our group of regular theatregoers has taken advantage of the group offers over many years. 
/continued on the Ticket Price Watch page HERE  
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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 for London theatres (and coach transport from Southend, if required).  
 
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