Box-office leak: 3 in 4 tickets to the BBC Proms are going unsoldNews
Monday’s Bruckner concert at the Royal Albert Hall was one of the worst attended in more than a century of Proms.
Blame the weather, blame Covid, blame Brexit, blame inflation, blame the traffic – blame who you like. The problem is not isolated to last night.
Our usually-reliable mole behind the grille in the RAH virtual box-office tells us that only 25 percent of this season’s tickets have sold so far.
That is simply catastrophic, and not altogether inexplicable.
It is a below-average piece of programming with few obvious highlights or compelling attractions.
But to sell only quarter of the seats is appalling. And I don’t get the impression that anyone at the BBC is addressing the crisis with any sense of urgency. They are still too busy congratulating themselves on being the best in the world.