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I've given the theatres where I pay for membership an appraisal - how did they score?

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You know when you get appraised at work and scored on your performance? Well, I've done the same for the theatres Poly and I have 'friends' memberships for.

Essentially these schemes are ways of theatres raising money and in return, you get perks like priority booking.

Return on 'investment'?

We have memberships at the theatres we visit the most, which means we also buy a lot of tickets, so I wanted to work out what the return on our 'investment' is.

Are we getting bangs for our theatre bucks in terms of enjoyment, after all, you don't go to the theatre to be bored or miserable?

Plays get scored

Throughout the year I score everything I see out of a hundred (yes I'm one of those 'spreadsheet' people). It helps with my end of year review and means I can work out an average score for each theatre. 

So this is how they all performed in 2018:

  1. Donmar Warehouse 79.4% (5 plays)
  2. Almeida Theatre  77.5% (4 plays)
  3. Young Vic  69% (3 plays)
  4. National Theatre 64% (11 plays)
  5. Bridge Theatre 58.75%  (4 plays)

The Donmar had a cracking year with productions like The York Realist and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

While the Bridge had a year of two halves with plays in my best of and least favourite lists which brought its average down. 

The membership is up for renewal in the summer so we'll see how it does in the first half of the year...