INDIGNANT fJALI.KRYITKs AN'I) PIT ITKS. Dimedin is not to v.itue-- tin- pic-cut Julius lour of the Dominion. !;.•- ]>ort hath it that thi- City ha- been 1....\ ■ rotted at the. tu-tance ..i lertain mauag.'.•HViQeiated with the tirm i.f .1. C. William son, Ltd., who ;in> mnv or haw been e.,11 nected with .Mr Knight'- former or f>i<--c->:t visit. There- i- rea-t.n ti. think Miul Dunedin should he plea-ed rather than vexed at being " t itt nut." judging by tinsubjoined, which i- taken from" la-t Satardav's Christchnrch ' Star ' :
The Occupant- of the gallery at 11 ; .- Theatre Royal arc proverbially a hapi.v crowd. but last night, their -ereuity w'a's ruttled and their temper- tried by what waeither a trick or a. mistake on the pari of the management ~f the Jiiliii- Knight Cm pany. It appears that Ihe company, anti npating the Usual Show Night ru-h. had reserved the front .•■eats «i the fur patvims. who were prep'.u.tl u, pas "\- ;,,,- this, though this fact wa- mil ad\eiti,ed in the daily panels. The re-nlt wa- that people who had purchased early door tickets for the gallery, paying the'adverti-rd price of 2s apieee for them, find wh.. ha I been waiting on the stairs since 1.") t., secure a front seat, found when the ,| -, were opened that, these seat- weie all ~o i: pied, and that the pit uu- about a ■,-; .i t»-r full. This wa- too much for -nine if the disappointed one-, and they did not hesitate to show their di-appr./val of the manner in which they had been treated. Two shillings is a big priet- to pay at anv time for the hard and priuiitiu' -cat- provided in the gallery of the Theatre Hoval. but when people pay their tut. -hilling, and wait for clo-t three hour- to secure a good seat, and then di-n-ver that tie y have been deceived, it i- iimir than the average per-on tan -tand.
Oil the other hand, tho-e people '.•.ln. paid three shilling- <\,y a >eat in the u'.dlery hatl been tricked into tickets by the |.romi-e that lh'e-e wouid admit them to the front row. Instead, to their indignation and a-touishment. tbeyfound on arrival upstair- that not »ui'v was the front .seat Idled, but the next lu'o rows beside-. Tib- adini-sit.u of ,*i- tiikeiholders to the "front" row went on until fully four rows of -eats were occupied, and only ceased when the holder- of 2- ticketwere admitted.
That the management of the ct.nipanv had made provision fm- the -ellin" of ".- tickets for the gallery i, si:,,wu l.y the fact that iiiijnirer- lor tar);, door tieL.tto the gallery at 4.30 ye-te'nlay afternoon were informed that all early door tickethad been .sold. People now are naturallv askings by they bate been deluded in thifashion by the management of the cuipany.- Il u'ullery ticket- are atlverti-ed at 2s each, what right ha- the company to rhar«e os for a seat'in the pit': The w hole business is most unfair io the purcha-eis of both the 2- and * ticket-. In -..me cases,-indeed, person- who had paid ,1- fiitadmittance were sitting -ide by -itle with persons who had been admitted for 2-. The exorbitant charge- made by theatrical companies for aduiisiiou to the ual lory has been the subject of imnh adw.-e criticism of lato. but thi- latest development of the box oflice ticket has disgu-ted a loilß-sutfering public, and many regular pit patrons have vowed that if they tin not receive fairer treatment they will'lmycott theatrical companies in the future.
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TRICKED., Evening Star, Issue 15652, 17 November 1914
TRICKED. Evening Star, Issue 15652, 17 November 1914
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