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The Arches Theatre: Did You Know There's No Booking Fee?

The price you see is the price you pay ...

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For those of you who've been to any production that I've had a part in, you will know that there are no ticket booking fees ...

There are no booking fees for productions at the Arches Theatre.

There are no booking fees for productions at the Arches Theatre.

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I've always been transparent about how I like to see things sold. If I went into a shop and bought a Mars Bar for 50p, I wouldn't be very pleased if I was charged 55p at the check out due to the packaging costs.

"I have honestly never worked out how theatres
can get away with it"

The cost of ticket printing, credit card fees, or any other part of the sale is undoubtedly included in the same way as any other manufacturing overhead? And yet they get away with it.

When I worked out ticket prices for our new box office, I knew that what with one thing or another, any ticket sold would cost us around 6.5%. So, therefore rather than trying to tack it on at the end and annoy people, all you pay is the £15 per ticket. Of that, about £1 is overheads, so we get about £14.

I could have said tickets were £13.50 and then added £1.50 when you got to the checkout, but I don't really see why you would want to do that, other than if you were trying to pull people in with a cheaper price and then clobber them at the end. Why would you do that?

"So, when we say £15 per ticket, you pay £15 per ticket"

Added to that you can bring your own food and drink, so apart from the cost of getting to and from the venue, that's all you need to spend. There will be a bar there for real ale and a few different drinks, but that's only if people want a glass of real ale which you can't bring with you, and a few other soft drinks in case you run out.

So, with that in mind do book to come and see Romeo and Juliet on the 10th August at 15.00 (the evening performance has sold out) and The Pink Panther Strikes Again on the 15th, 16th and 17th August.

"Would you like to know more?"

If you'd like to book tickets for the Arches Theatre 2019 season, then do visit and remember, the price you see is the price you pay. There are no booking fees.

Until next time ...


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More about David Pibworth ...

David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.

Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.

He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.

He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.

He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.

David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.