Ralph Fiennes: West End theater prices ‘worryingly high’

Actors Ralph Fiennes and Andrew Scott have warned about “worryingly high” ticket prices in the West End.

Tickets for Plaza Suite, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, are on sale for up to £300 each.

Fiennes, who appeared in the Harry Potter and James Bond films, suggested to BBC One’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg that prices should come down.

He also called for removing trigger warnings in movie theaters, which warn of upsetting content.

“Ticket prices are worryingly high at the moment, especially in the West End,” said the 61-year-old Voldermort actor.

“We can do it (lower prices).”

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He added that 20% of tickets for his new immersive production of Macbeth were priced between £15 and £20.

Irish actor Scott, best known for his roles in Sherlock and Fleabag and who will star in Anton Chekhov’s Vanya this month, spoke to Radio 4’s Broadcasting House about ticket prices. The 47-year-old said he believes the issue is “a problem.”

He argued that it was “frustrating” that “no matter how hip or trendy you think your work is, if you have to spend £150, no one aged 16 to 25 or over will be able to afford it.” .

Scott suggested productions could sell cheaper tickets to certain performances, adding that it was important that theater “does not remain an elitist art form.”

Separately, Fiennes called for an end to warnings in cinemas and said works should “shock and disturb”.

The Oscar-nominated actor added: “I don’t think you should be prepared for these things and when I was young, we never had warnings for shows.”

But he did say health warnings should still be given for problems like strobe effects.

Speaking of Macbeth, Fiennes added: “Shakespeare’s plays are full of murder, full of horror… It’s the shock, it’s the unexpected, that’s what makes an act of theater so exciting.”

British actor Simon Callow previously called for an end to trigger warnings after a theater told audiences The Sound Of Music included “the threat of Nazi Germany and the annexation of Austria.”