What Love, Love, Love stuff do you want to buy? #LLL #richardarmitage
For those who wanted to consume Richard Armitage / The Crucible memorabilia, there wasn’t a whole lot on offer. Posters, mostly, and programs. But the Roundabout Theatre seems a bit more au fait with the notion of merchandising than the Old Vic Theatre was, so we might look at their store for the current season and imagine what kind of souvenirs they will have on offer. I’m sure they will have posters, mugs, totes, magnets, and so on — whatever they sell, though, I suggest they put a picture of Armitage on it for better sales.
Here are some suggestions for me, based on the play:
- Richard Armitage sings along with the Beatles: Love, Love, Love (1967 single): The Who cares about Ringo Starr anyway edition? I anticipate this being a huge seller, if sales of the “Misty Mountains” single are indication. Then again, selling it as a 45 might be an obstacle to part of the market. Even most baby boomers no longer own a record player, and you needed an extension to play 45s. So the theater may need to make an mp3 available.
2. The Kenneth Act One dressing gown. How I see this working is as a limited edition. Armitage wears a different one for each performance. Each dressing gown would then have traces of stage paint and sweat in it, increasing the appeal of the item. Because there are only about 100 performances, there will only be 100 of these available, which means it could be sold for a bit more.
3. From Act Three, some fans may wish to partake in the delicious and affordable French wine that Kenneth and Sandra are drinking (affordable in part due to relaxed tariffs after the UK joined the EU single market. Oops). Roundabout Theater could sell bottles of this wine with Armitage’s image on the bottle. Affordable and fun: Chateau Amour-propre 2016.
4. Finally, and somewhat controversially — Kenneth and Sandra get together over their shared interest in a particular substance they like to consume together. I’m not sure the theater will really want to sell these, but I am sure that if they did, they’d sell out! Not labeling this one, but if you recognize it, you will know how to use it. Not recommended for sale to minors.
What kind of Love, Love, Love and Armitage stuff would you like to buy?