London’s theatregoers would never survive in Melbourne, and especially at the MTC with its notoriously late starts.
West End whingers are complaining about plays that finish after 10.30pm so that they have no time to get home at what they consider is a reasonable hour.
One columnist even declared that “shows that go on until after 10pm are elitist”. His reasoning is that “a late finish essentially precludes people who work and who live out of town, or even at the further reaches of the capital, from going to see them”.
Just try living in the outer reaches of Melbourne, going to an MTC play scheduled for 8pm that starts anything up to 20 minutes late and then meanders on until well after 11pm. Little wonder that most of its luvvies live locally.