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  1. Are we now led to believe that cast changes won’t be announced full stop then? When there were changes for Mayerling, there was no web post as we’ve seen in previous years pre- open up, but those who had booked for affected performances were emailed (can’t remember if it was also posted on social media?). But no such email for Nutcracker, Les Patineurs or Two Pigeons. Should we therefore conclude that if we want to be kept updated on cast changes the onus is on us to be checking the website regularly?
  2. BBC4 will be showing Swan Lake ‘from the Royal Opera House’ during their festive scheduling although can’t see a specific date yet, or which production. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46346051
  3. Loved last night. Knockout performances from Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Ball who I felt demonstrated great chemistry - their acting skills really take it up an extra notch for me. I can’t wait to see their Romeo & Juliet. I felt Matthew Ball’s Solor obliged to continue with his betrothal and marriage to Gamzatti out of duty, but his heart remained with Nikiya throughout. The role seemed to suit Matthew very well, strong solos and attentive partnering. He plays ‘tortured noble in love’ so movingly! First time I’ve seen Mayara Magri in a principal role and thought her dancing was fantastic. Her expression looked a little tense up close, and I didn’t quite feel the same depth of characterisation coming across, but clearly a huge talent with a brilliant future ahead. Can see her excelling in Don Q. The corps’ entrance in the kingdom of the shades was sublime, absolutely exquisite. I was completely transported. The extended applause was thoroughly deserved. Anna Rose O Sullivan a delightful first shade. Feeling a bit despondent that it’s all over now. How quickly can that DVD be released?!
  4. I’ve not had an email to confirm, but website is also showing Naghdi/Hirano replacing Hayward/McRae in Nutcracker.
  5. Casting for the full Sadlers Wells run has now been confirmed https://new-adventures.net/news/casting-announcement-the-swan-prince-at-sadlers-wells Over the moon to have booked to see Matthew Ball for my birthday-eve (it’s definitely a thing!) treat.
  6. I stumbled across this when trying to work out when ‘RB in class on stage’ was going on sale. I don’t recall having seen any information about it previously, have you been before, any idea on what to expect?
  7. Darcey Bussell is on this week’s radio 4 woman’s hour podcast ostensibly promoting the book but also having a chat for those who are interested.
  8. The three shades at the La Bayadere rehearsal are Yuhui Choe, Yasmine Naghdi and Akane Takada so your expectation of a ‘starry’ DVD seems spot on, Floss.
  9. The website seems to be all over the place but clicking into particular dates on the calendar gives the clearest casting I think. 12th feb eve Hayward/Bracewell https://www.roh.org.uk/events/k4xp7 2nd feb eve Takada/Hay https://www.roh.org.uk/events/m99rz
  10. I do hope that Matthew Ball is given scheduled performances for the next Mayerling run, whenever that may be. I’m excited to see how he could build on the two performances of this season. In my view at least, he’s certainly earned it.
  11. There weren’t any cast change slips when I picked up my cast sheet and programme - can you please confirm so I can amend? Thought it looked like Tristan Dyer but didn’t have my binoculars with me to be certain! Delighted to see such a warm reception for Matthew Ball - I thought he was superb.
  12. I asked the box office a few weeks back (when switching tickets to book for Matthew Ball’s performance tonight) and asked then - the gentleman I spoke with said he expected casting ‘imminently’ late October/ early November.
  13. Joonyhuk Jun also posted a photo on social media about rehearsing with Carlos Acosta for bronze idol.
  14. Managed to swap my tickets for 19th to 20th so looking forward to hearing thoughts from Capybara and others from today’s matinee in anticipation for next week!