Interestingly the only decent ticket I got was in the front row of the Amphi. Up until now I have generally got what I asked for in the best seats in that area, with the odd exception for a popular performance.
By taking out such a large chunk of one small section, and the best seats at that, they have unfairly prejudiced the Friends. What other organisation would think that they can get away with charging for prority booking and then give the best seats to people who have not paid for that. I am all in favour of greater public access but I draw the line at paying for the privilege of inferior tickets.
I suggest that anyone who has similar outraged sentiments writes to the powers that be and copy the Friends in. They may not want the £55 Friends but if they carry on like this they will not force us into forking out for enhanced membership, but into the public ballot.