Things I Learned
If you want to type the “£” symbol on the US/Windows keyboard, you need to dig out the old ASCII codes… £ is ALT-0163 for those of you who are curious. (Use the key pad numbers, not the numbers above the regular keys.) For those that do not understand this suggestion, try using the character map–in Windows normally Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Character Map; also accessible internally from most word processors.
I use Yahoo! to convert money, like US$ to GB£.
FlyerTalk.Com continues to amaze me. I’m amazed that these people let me read their comments, let alone occasionally post questions and comments of my own. Interesting London Threads I read while preparing included “London During The Week From H#$*,” a charming post by MEX1K.
After doing some searching on the London Theatre Guide, MT and I settled on two different plays: Fucking Games and The Royal Family. You can guess who picked which one.
There were 58 plays on the stage during the three days we were in London–a wide range of choices, including the Vagina Monologues (a play that has caused a stir in Bloomington with the billboards that promoted the play’s November 2001 performance), and The Complete History of the US (abridged).
Booking tickets for Fucking Games was very straight forward and easy to understand. The London Theatre Guide pushed me onto the Royal Court Theatre’s web site and from there it was easy.
Tickets for The Royal Family was significantly more difficult. At first I started by using the London Theatre Guide’s ticket purchasing mechanism–that mechanism limited me to £37.50 tickets. I tried another search engine, which also limited me to £37.50 tickets, along with an expensive per ticket surcharge of something like £6 or £9. I forget what site that was, I didn’t go back or bookmark it. At the last second I searched Google for “Theatre Royal Haymarket” and then I went directly to the theatre’s web site, which then directed me to Ticketmaster/UK. That particular ticket search actually allowed me to search for the lower priced tickets, and we opted for the £25/ticket seats (Section Upper, Row E, Seats 9 to 8 — to be exact), with a £4 service fee for the order, not per ticket.