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Lynette H

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  1. The Draft Works programme on 11 and 12 January is now in the RBS Linden Studio and the start time has changed from 8pm to 7:30pm. Incidentally, Friends (ordinary variety) booking opened on 5 December and for once I didn't see any mention of it here - none of the usual howls of frustration. Have they finally got it working smoothly?
  2. "Our annual New Year Sale is back offering £10, £20, £30 and £40 tickets for more than 45 of London’s best and brightest plays and musicals from 1 January until 9 February 2018. Booking opens at 10am on Tuesday 5 December." Includes Nutcracker, Song of the Earth/Sylphide. Jeune Homme/Sylphide and many others. https://officiallondontheatre.com/new-year-sale/?spMailingID=31928671&spUserID=NjU0NzI0MzA5MzU4S0&spJobID=1163926393&spReportId=MTE2MzkyNjM5MwS2
  3. Any views on the conductor, Simon Hewett? Is this his first ballet at the ROH? (he conducts for Hamburg Ballet).
  4. Has anyone read the recent Beryl Grey autobiography For the love of dance ? I haven't seen any reviews of it (apart from what you can see on amazon - mixed you might say).
  5. ROH Open Up changes

    It seems from the ROH web site that the Insight evening on 24 November on Benesh notation has been cancelled. It's not clear if this is related to the other venue changes.
  6. Just received an email today about changes to access in the ROH amphi "Key changes from 15 November Work will start on the Amphitheatre Level to create a fresh and contemporary restaurant and bar. The current Amphitheatre bar will relocate to the Clore Studio (during intervals only) so that we can continue to provide you with refreshments. There are a number of Insights events that will need to be moved to alternate venues and audiences who have already booked tickets for these will be contacted shortly. To help you enjoy your visit we recommend that you make use of the bars in the Paul Hamlyn Hall and Dorfman Conservatory before the performance as there will be no bar service on the Amphitheatre level pre-performance. You will also be able to leave your coat in the Paul Hamlyn Hall temporary cloakroom, and we do ask that you avoid bringing bags. If you are seated in the Amphitheatre please place your interval drinks order in the Amphitheatre Corridor before the performance and collect them in the Clore Studio during the interval. There will be a limited selection of refreshments available to all our Amphitheatre audience members during this period. From Monday 8 January 2018, the Amphitheatre Restaurant will also close." There is no indication of how long this closure lasts (or at least I didn't spot it). Further detail in a second mail indicated that the following Insights are relocated "Insights: In conversation with Arthur Pita, Tuesday 14 November This event is moving to the Crush Room at the Royal Opera House. You will not need a new ticket for this event and our ushers will be on hand to direct you to the new venue. Insights: What’s the Future of Opera?, Wednesday 22 November This event is moving to St Paul’s Church, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9ED. Tickets to this event will be reissued in the coming week. Insights: Joyce DiDonato – National Opera Studio Masterclass, Thursday 14 December This event is moving to the Linden Studio at the Royal Ballet School in Floral Street, Covent Garden and will now start at 7.30pm and conclude at approximately 9.30pm. Tickets to this event will be reissued in the coming week. Please note that all events will now be general admission rather than allocated seating and unfortunately there will not be refreshments available at venues outside the Royal Opera House." This looks rather hurried doesn't give the appearance of being particularly well thought through.
  7. Next Tuesday, BBC Radio 3 Breakfast is live from the Mariinsky. Details here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09dlwpz On the show this morning Xander Parish's name was mentioned as a possible guest.
  8. The ROH magazine popped through the door today. One thing that caught my eye was something that I had meant to query before. On the "when to book" page it gives a date for "Friends (including Standard, Senior and Insiders)". What exactly is a "Senior" Friend or an Insider ? I have looked on the ROH web page but not found anything that explained it, or how one could sign up for it. Is it possibly a concessionary rate for older people ? I wonder because of a possible comparison with the National Trust which has a cheaper rate for pensioners, but only if you specifically ask them for it, otherwise your direct debit continues at the same price.
  9. Coming to Wilton's Music Hall next year. Jonathan Goddard and Eleanor Duval as the Macbeths. https://www.wiltons.org.uk/whatson/399-?dm_i=1EXC,57APL,NQOSY0,K0EHW,1 23rd Feb to 17 March.
  10. Just noticed that Shiori Kase is back in the casting after a very long absence through injury. Good news.
  11. ROH page with timings http://www.roh.org.uk/news/world-ballet-day-5-october-2017 Starts 12 noon, continues till 5pm.
  12. This afternoon's performance was halted by an injury after 10 minutes. After a short break, it restarted with Aitor Arrieta in place of Fernando Bufala as Albrecht. Edited to add: I was posting at just the same time as annamk. I should also say that there were some big hugs and very relieved smiles from the leads at the curtain calls.
  13. Nice to see Junor Souza back on stage on Thursday afternoon after a long absence, even if the Landlord is not a dancing role. Sarah Kundi in truly commanding form as Myrtha.
  14. Sissens just seems to have one performance as the Mad Hatter on the 28th. The role seems rather unevenly distributed.
  15. I do hope they bring back Broken Wings sometime, it was the work on the She Said bill that I most want to see again.