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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2003 11:15 pm 
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This article from The Times is not strictly about ballet/dance tickets but interesting from the ticket price perspective generally:

Dear old theatreland
By James Inverne
Ticket prices are going through the roof, something has got to change


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ONLY TWO YEARS ago, at London’s Theatre 2001 conference, the former National Theatre boss, Sir Richard Eyre, pressed upon the assembled arts bigwigs the importance of lowering ticket prices. “To be asked to pay £25 or £30 to see a modestly successful production in the theatre,” he said, “when you can buy a hardback book or CD for half the price, or go to the cinema for a third of it, just doesn’t wash. On top of that, to be asked to pay £3 for a programme and £2 for a Coke might go some way to explaining why the young are reluctant to go to the theatre.”
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2004 3:54 pm 
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The Ticket Bite

by DAN NAILEN and CELIA R. BAKER
the Salt Lake Tribune
Article ID: 1063ECFDD74C3A40

Sticker shock: It's not just for car lots anymore.

One of the more annoying and confusing aspects of the entertainment industry in 2004 is the preponderance of "service fees," "convenience charges" and "handling costs" piled onto all manner of tickets, whether for concerts, operas or plays.

It is maddening when a $10 ticket swells to $13 or $17 before you even put the ticket in your pocket. It can be infuriating when you pay anywhere from $30 to $100 ...
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Opera House faces price scrutiny
From the BBC website


The Royal Opera House has signed up to a £10 ticket scheme
Arts organisations such as the Royal Opera House face the risk of losing their charitable status over ticket prices under a proposed bill.
According to the draft charities bill, organisations granted charitable status will have to demonstrate how they provide benefit to the public.

"Expect the Charity Commission to take increasing interest in what you charge," a Home Office official warned at a seminar.

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Threat to charitable status of arts groups
By Ruth Gillespie for The Stage


Arts organisations such as the Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne could have their charitable status removed under proposed legislation that will monitor the public benefit provided by companies charging high ticket prices.

Speaking at a recent National Campaign for the Arts seminar on the draft charities bill, published in May, Home Office official Richard Weatherill told delegates that in future, applicants will be asked to prove how their organisation provides a public service before being granted charitable status.

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Select committee criticises ‘rip off’ ticket booking fees
By Ruth Gillespie for The Stage

The House of Commons culture, media and sport select committee has criticised inflated West End ticket prices in its report investigating the state of British theatre, branding booking fees as a “blatant rip-off”.

MPs said that the public was being misled about the real price of a ticket and backed a recent call by the Office of Fair Trading that all theatre advertising should supply clear information on ticket prices informing the purchaser of additional fees and detailing where a ticket could be bought at face value.

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