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Said v Butt (1920)

Facts

  • The claimant, a feared theatre critic, wished to obtain a ticket to the opening night of ‘The Whirligig’, in order to review it
  • The theatre refused his purchase, and were within their rights to do so
  • The claimant then purchased a ticket as an undisclosed principal
  • He was then refused entry

Issue

  • Was he entitled to enter and watch the show?

Decision

  • No

Reasoning

  • Identity was said to be material to such a contract
  • Opinion: this case would likely not be followed today given the different cultural traditions followed in the 1910s
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