Also watched the brilliant National Theatre 50th anniversary show on the telly with a host of luvvies plus non-stop excerpts of the best of the best over the last 50 years. I would so hate to have to stage manage that gig!
Reflection on audience make up. First we haved a portion of keen theatre goers who will support anything of interest. Then we have popular topics which will bring in a more casual audience (musicals, comedies and plays about popular people and the like). Then add in a name - telly or film - then you have a sure fire hit - whether the play deserves it or not. So where does that leave playwrights who want to use dramatic writing to explore issues of keen interest to themselves if not a wider audience? Now that is a question!