No secret is made of the fact that a hefty part of a Whinger’s theatrical outing involves civilized time spent in the bar before and after the performance. And during the interval if there is one. And during the show if drinks are permitted in the auditorium.
But there seemed a particular perversity in the Royal Court Theatre sending Phil a flyer for a play called The Priory offering Happy Hour at the Royal Court Bar”.
Of course The Priory isn’t about anything to do with that Priory, rehab home to Susan Boyle and the stars, but Phil didn’t know that at the time and as ever, with an eye for a bargain, he filed it away in his cabinet in his “Very Important Flyers” folder (cross-referenced under “Cheaper ways to drink” and eagerly awaited his next trip to The Court.
So, after the show he ordered a bottle of wine and happily wafted his flyer under the barman’s nose thrilled with the prospect of saving the stated 20% off ALL drinks 9-11pm. The barman looked blank. He knew nothing about it and refused to accept it. A higher-up person was called, who said they weren’t accepting them during previews.
“Watch The Priory and enjoy happy hour prices in the bar after the show” it said. Phil read it again and again and forced Andrew to put down his glass put on his glasses and read it too. Phil thought it more misleading than a Shawshank superlative.
The Whingers are off to the Royal Court again this week. Will the Whingers experience a happy hour after taking in Cock? Or will they be forced to call in Weights and Measures or whatever they are called these days?
Watch this space.