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Rachel Coleman
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16th-Jan-2017 01:41 pm
Priority booking for Hamilton in London went on sale at noon today. I was on the priority list, I got all the information last Thursday (including the really interesting stuff about how they are doing "ticketless booking" to combat ticket resales) and did some careful thinking about how much I wanted to spend and on what combination of tickets. The booking period just encompassed my birthday next year, so I decided to go for a Saturday matinee as close as possible to my birthday (because what better way to celebrate staying alive?).

At the weekend I set up a ticketmaster account, and added my payment details, this morning I confirmed I could sign in from work, was able to navigate to the performance I wanted and see how the ticket options would go, but not to order until noon, and waited. I hit reload a few minutes before noon, and got the Ticketmaster "you are in a queue" page, which thankfully cleared not long after I'd tweeted:

For speed purposes, I didn't try to choose seats but just asked for Best Tickets, and am delighted to have got row C stalls!  I think I benefited from being near the end of the booking period, and having as much as possible pre-filled.  Now I just need to wait till next June ....

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16th-Jan-2017 02:03 pm (UTC)
Yay! I thought for a moment you were leading up to 'and I *still* didn't get tickets'. I'm really glad you got some.

I don't want to plan that far ahead, so I told my partners they should decide between themselves and go without me if they want to go, but noone signed up for priority booking so they've until the 30th. This means that I've been watching all the happy people with no anxiety on my own part :)
16th-Jan-2017 07:32 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine noted that everyone she knew who got Hamilton tickets today got them for their birthday next year, I think because if one is planning that far ahead, "doing something nice for my birthday" is the sort of thing that one tends to make time for, so it's less of a random commitment.

(One of my colleagues got a random day in May, but that was after queuing ages for one of the very popular days and failing to get what they wanted, and then just trying for "when has tickets left".)

Ticketmaster/the Hamilton twitter account both say that there's a separate allocation of tickets held back for the full public sale, and all days will be available for that (at least at first). In theory I could buy another pair of tickets then but I probably won't! Thanks to a friend's generosity, I'm going to see it a second time as it is, and I fully intend to enter the online lottery as often as possible.

16th-Jan-2017 08:27 pm (UTC)
My tickets are not for a birthday - but then they were not taking bookings for as far ahead as that. (But yay, tickets.)
16th-Jan-2017 08:39 pm (UTC)
Yay tickets!
16th-Jan-2017 08:41 pm (UTC)
I just realised also that it's more likely that I'm the one that can't go than anyone else, so so long as it's not me that buys the tickets, my polycule could get tickets in some combination and then if I couldn't go, they could take someone else. I'm normally the person who buys tickets though, so I don't know what they'll decide.

I know I want to have a birthday next year, I don't know what I'll be doing on it, and it's not during the period tickets are available for anyway
There's another ticket release in the autumn which i might try, and the online lottery - no bribable teenager by that point, but I suspect a babysitter will be not too hard to find.

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