This is what £1,500 look like!
Is West End an affordable luxury? Let’s look at the numbers of my completed challenge:
|Shows attended:||46 (incl. 2 parts of Harry Potter)|
|Total amount paid:||£1,497.75|
Out of 46 shows attended I sat in the Stalls 26 times, Dress Circle or the Royal Circle – 11 times, and Upper Circle or the Grand Circle – 9 times.
Average is not the best measure, but the world is still measured in average, so let’s take a look:
|Average per seat:||£32.56|
|Average per seat in the stalls:||£33.88|
|Average per seat in the dress/royal circle:||£34.00|
|Average per seat in the upper/grand circle:||£26.99|
Standard deviation is 16.4, which obviously means that prices will fluctuate a lot depending on where the seat is and which show you want to see. But looking at the averages, if a family of four, parents and two kids, want to see a show on West End, this could cost in the area of £130, which is the amount that some families could only allow as once-a-year treat (excluding other expenses, such as pre- or post-show dinner and travelling expenses). So is West End an affordable luxury? Maybe not, especially for those, living outside London.
The Theatre Rat