A mum-of-five says tickets for a two-hour provincial theatre panto cost more than taking her family on a weekend to a caravan park.
Adie Drury from Buckley wanted to take herself, partner and five children to see the rock’n’roll panto Dick Whittington at Theatr Clwyd, Mold.
Yet she was astonished to find the only tickets remaining were priced at £45 and £48, meaning the cheapest option left was £315 for the party of seven.
But the Theatre says this year more than 2,500 tickets for public performances of the pantomime were available for £15 but were snapped up by those booking earlier.
Miss Drury said her extended family goes to the theatre to watch the pantomime every year and claims tickets are normally around £20 with concessions.
However the cheapest she could find on the dates everyone was available were between £48-45 each. She refused and registered her displeasure with the theatre.
She told North Wales Live the tickets were unacceptably high for a “provincial theatre”.
She said: “I’m not sure why it’s so expensive this year. My nan used to come and it would be our Christmas treat.
“In previous years it’s been £20 per ticket with concessions and there were ways of making it acceptable for a family to go at the most expensive time of year.
“We thought it would be nice to do something as a family but we could all stay at Haven for a weekend for less than the price of a two-hour pantomime at Theatr Clwyd.”
Miss Drury said she accepted that tickets were slightly more pricey because it is a “rock’n’roll” panto but still believes it is too expensive for most families.
She added: “I have already paid less money to watch Wicked in the West End than watch Dick Whittington in Mold at Theatr Clwyd.
“I phoned up and said this has got to be a mistake. It’s not accessible any more.”
The family now plan to go to see the Beauty and the Beast pantomime in Ruthin in February where 11 family members, including children, will pay £54 in total.
Miss Drury said: “All of us will go for the price of one Theatr Clwyd ticket and a couple of ice creams.”
Theatr Clwyd’s Executive Director, Liam Evans-Ford, said: “We offer a range of prices – this year over 2,500 tickets for public performances of our pantomime were £15 – but, inevitably, booking very late for this incredibly popular production means that these lower priced tickets will have sold out.
“Our pricing has changed as we continue balancing financial sustainability with accessibility. We would always recommend booking early to all our customers to get the lower priced tickets.”
While tickets have increased in price for the 2018/19 panto season, the cheapest is now lower than last year, with selected admissions at £15 as opposed to £20 in 2017/18.
Group tickets, for parties of 10 or more people, were available at a 10% discount.
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