Chita Rivera is coming to town. Or is she? Who knows? She was supposed to be coming “for two weeks only” to the Wyndham’s Theatre in September but never turned up. Anyway, this isn’t about Chita and her unreliability.
Despite that previous debacle, Phil decided to purchase 10 tickets (the Whingers like to have five seats each so they have somewhere to put our coats, picnic baskets, wine cooler, typewriters, in trays etc) to see the no-show diva at the Shaw Theatre where she claims she will – allegedly – be appearing for three nights in February 2008.
So Phil went down to the phone box clutching his Filofax and a plastic bag of 10p pieces and called up the Shaw theatre only to discover that each ticket carried a 10% booking fee!
Now, this is a new one on us. We’re never short of things to moan about when it comes to ticket rip-offs – booking fees, transaction fees, handling fees, delivery charges (Andrew was once charged a “collection fee”), the attitude of box office staff (such as this and this) – but now they’re working in percentages.
So the cost of booking a full price £45 ticket will presumably be £4.50. For the early bookings, the tickets are £30 so the booking fee is £3 per ticket.
However, none of this may be true as the woman in the box office insisted to Phil that the 10% booking fee on each £30 ticket would be £2. But apparently she was very sweet about it all.