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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance
Susan BennettSusan Bennett

The purchase of a ticket is generally required for admission to formal theatres. A piece of paper, stipulating the name of the show, the venue, the date and time of the performance, the price of admission, and (usually) the location of the seat represents the contract between the theatre and the spectator, a promise that the theatrical performance will take place and that the spectator will be admitted. Some tickets may provide more limited information and some may include rules of the performance (no photography permitted, no refunds or exchanges, and so on). The price of a ticket can vary according to the time of performance (a matinée may be less expensive than an evening performance), the location of the seat (the better the seat the more expensive), and the status of the ... ...

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