Tonight was the last show of our busiest time of year. Christmas With The Rat Pack is a wonderful West End style show that features replica performances of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr. Our Front Of House teams can now relax and enjoy a less manic couple of months ahead, before things start to pick up again at the end of February.
Rat Pack is a unique show in that it's one of the rare ocassions that you will see people smoking inside a building these days. The show is incredibly authentic to the original performances of these playboys, and as such, cigarettes flow. And flow.
To smoke on stage, or in fact anywhere indoors, is generally illegal. However, we are able to apply for dispensation on artistic grounds, and this is the only show we generally do it for. I saw the show last year, and the effect of the singer/actors lighting up does add to the authenticity of the characters.
However, for this years show, the Tour Manager from the shows producers didn't compile the paperwork in time, which means our audience tonight saw a different show to the rest of the country. A smoke free one. I'm looking forward to hearing whether this compromised the enjoyment of the 1500 people in the crowd, and therefore whether this last outpost of the indoors ciggie is doomed.
Thank you for reading. I wish you a very merry Christmas!