« on: February 16, 2014, 12:57:16 am »
Quite so, Don B; indeed, charming and fascinating though the SWT is as a place to visit, seeing a play there makes you very aware of the advantages of modern theatres. The SWT seems to cram the audience into any space available, with little regard for sightlines*. And since the theatre is even smaller than I imagined this reduces the number of seats with perfect views – indeed it might be that, like its parent theatre, the SWT has no seats with perfect views.
I must have been enormously lucky with my seat! Lower Gallery, Row B Left, from where I had a very good view of the stage (Gemma Arterton especially ). I did wonder what those 'very restricted' standing views were like, as I had considered booking a return at one point. As it turned out, they suddenly put on two Thursday matinees, one of which I managed to grab a ticket for last week. I had also seen the Old Vic production and agree that Eve Best's Duchess was far more powerful, but then the whole production made a greater impact. However, I appreciated the intimate atmosphere of the SWP and loved the candlelight, but loved the padded bench somewhat less...