If you see a show you fancy advertised at the local theatre or cinema, do you book in advance? Or do you just leave it til the last minute in case something changes? Perhaps you like to just turn up at the door?
Recently I've noticed a change in people's booking habits - perhaps it's all the uncertainty over Brexit here that is making people less sure of where they'll be or what they'll do (for example, the housing market has taken a big hit and that's what's being blamed) ....
But several theatres and small venues I've spoken to or been in contact with have been getting in to a real panic if there are no pre-sales 2 weeks before an event, and they are then cancelling the upcoming show. One theatre booker told me she cancelled 5 shows in the Autumn alone because of that.
Normally in music, in small venues at least, venues wouldn't start to panic until a few days before the event and push up their advertising for a last minute sale and then keep fingers crossed right up to the last day. But obviously theatres are a different animal.
I would always be a very last minute buyer - probably to see how I"m feeling on the night - and maybe it's because we plan so much of our lives way way into the future that I leave our leisure events until the last minute. But I'm going to try to make more of an effort from here on in.
If you do like to go to see shows, try and book a wee bit earlier to give them some confidence.