London theatre fans who have, in some cases, paid thousands of pounds to scalpers/touts and resellers for tickets to the mega-hit Harry Potter and Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2, are being refused entry to the theatre according to the BBC.
Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender reportedly have instructed the Palace Theatre staff to accept only those tickets sold by Nimax and ATG services, and not to accept tickets that have been purchased on the so-called secondary market. Friedman and Callendar issued a statement saying, “We have already been able to identify, and refuse entry to a significant number of people who purchased tickets through resale sites and will continue to track down touts and refuse entry to anyone who has knowingly bought a ticket from a tout through the secondary market.”
It's not always easy to identify which tickets have been resold, but the producers said an average of one person per day has been identified and turned away. The Stubhub website reportedly was offering a pair tickets to both parts of the show £4,999 each. The show is virtually sold out through the end of 2017.
The producers called the secondary ticket market “an industry-wide plague,” and saying it was a matter “which we as producers take very seriously.”
Their stance would horrify Broadway fans who have, in some cases, paid hundreds or even thousands of dollars for tickets to hits like Hamilton.
Meanwhile, in the U.S., New York Sen. Charles Schumer is introducing legislation to outlaw the use of so-called “ticket bot” software to buy up tickets to hot events within moments of their going on sale, then offering for re-sale at a considerable mark-up.