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  1. Exactly my thinking (though I’ve seen Spartacus a few times).
  2. That’s what my records say. On the other hand, standing tickets have definitely gone up, at least the SC and Balcony ones: what I paid £15 for is now £21 in both places.
  3. Pricing is now up (spoiler alert: not cheap): https://www.roh.org.uk/productions/spartacus-by-bolshoi-ballet https://www.roh.org.uk/productions/swan-lake-by-bolshoi-ballet https://www.roh.org.uk/productions/the-bright-stream-by-bolshoi-ballet https://www.roh.org.uk/productions/don-quixote-by-bolshoi-ballet
  4. It’s the pigeon which makes the tears spill over for me, every time.
  5. Surely one of the qualifications for being a critic is that you have to actually like the art form you’re covering? I don’t always get the impression that LW does, or at least not outside a certain sub-sector.
  6. I quite often did agree with LJ’s agenda, and I was pretty fed up with reading him going on about it by the end.
  7. Lizbie1

    Royal Ballet Summer Season casting

    I don't know. It would be a bit strange to publish an incomplete version to the website - it's not normally how it's done. Putting things up in a strange order seems to have become the new normal Still, I don't think it will kill us to wait for a week or two longer!
  8. Lizbie1

    Royal Ballet Summer Season casting

    My perception is that they've abandoned that idea, at least for now and for the seats I'm interested in. The opera does have differences from the ballet, though, which it never used to. There's no question that prices have gone up overall, though.
  9. Lizbie1

    Royal Ballet Summer Season casting

    I'm not going to attempt to unpick it, I'll wait for a clearer signal.
  10. I thought Stix-Brunell was terrific as the Young Girl this afternoon, beautifully danced and very funny. I’d love to see her as Lise.
  11. Lizbie1

    Royal Ballet Summer Season casting

    It’s clear as mud. With luck, things should become clearer when the casting pdf appears (assuming that hasn’t fallen victim to the latest comms strategy).
  12. Lizbie1


    There are three Insight events now on the website, on 4th, 5th and 6th June: https://www.roh.org.uk/insights/insights-fonteyn-and-me https://www.roh.org.uk/insights/insights-celebrating-fonteyn
  13. Meanwhile it’s well down the list of priorities on the reliably awful BBC News Entertainment & Arts page
  14. I think it's making a bigger assumption than bridiem's to expect people to sign in before looking at casting information, or to go through quite a circuitous route to it via the calendar. I very much hope that the correct information will be up in time for General booking; but I for one *always* make decisions ahead of booking opening about which dates to go for, either because I need to co-ordinate with friends or work commitments or whatever, or because it can be a bit of a scrum getting decent seats for certain performances. I wouldn't then normally expect to have to check it again at the appointed hour. As for the casting for the triple bill on the summary page not making sense: well, I agree, but for many semi-casual ballet goers they'll see the name "Osipova", for example, and go for that one without looking any further into it (particularly when none of the ballets is notably familiar).
  15. Exactly! And if you're a first-time booker (that precious commodity) it seems unlikely you'd have an account in the first place.