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  1. Is it just me who doesn't find the new website that difficult to navigate...?
  2. I'm hoping that the takeaway from this is that prices should be slashed by about a third to 50% depending on the seat, and that a shorter run with sold out performances is preferable to a longer run with hundreds of empty seats per performance.
  3. 3rd April 7.30pm (Naghdi, Sambe, Ball, Stix-Brunell) Amphi A34 - restricted view Selling at face value (£19) plus £1 postage (will be a bit more if you want recorded delivery) so £20 in total
  4. Last night was brilliant - I'd been worried that I wouldn't enjoy the ballet after reading reviews in the press and on here. I loved the atmosphere of gothic decay created so skilfully by John McFarlane. The sets often seemed somewhat disembodied, eg the hallway of the Frankenstein mansion surrounded by empty nothingness, which I thought was very clever given the subject matter of the ballet. The special effects were dazzling, and I *know* the score felt cinematic but I loved it. The orchestra were on top form and received a huge round of applause! As a huge fan of the novel, I do have some questions about the omission of large parts of the plot. I can understand the Creature's tale being left out, but it seemed bizarre for Act 3 to begin with a lengthy wedding ball rather than with the Creature's impassioned appeal to Victor to create him a female companion, and Victor's creation and destruction of that companion. It would have made for much more powerful and compelling viewing; crucially, it would have given the audience a greater insight into the Creature's decision to kill Elizabeth. Contrary to what the ballet seems to suggest, the Creature does not just go on a mass killing spree because Victor abandoned him - there is more to his side of the story. This ballet needs a bit of tweaking, and choreographically it is nowhere near as good as my favourites, but I would definitely see it again. 'Hideous progeny' it is not!
  5. I haven't seen the ballet yet, but I've read (and taught) the book, and I agree that 'Frankenstein' is arguably the creature's story as much as it is Victor's; as readers we are forced to see things from the creature's perspective, and to empathise with him. A shame if he's mostly reduced to a lurking background figure?
  6. Your ballet highlight of 2018! I talked about Francesca Hayward as Manon
  7. They're literally giving tickets away - I won a Royal Ballet competition and they gave me 2 central front row amphitheatre seats for Friday's performance! Very excited, but would not have paid £70 each for them.....
  8. Monday 18 March 7.30pm. Seat A42. Great unobstructed view! Selling at face value (£32). I can drop off at ROH this Saturday or Sunday, meet in person this Saturday or Sunday, or can post if you reimburse postage costs.
  9. I remember Tristan Dyer posting on Instagram a while back that he gave Princess Charlotte a private ballet lesson.
  10. Francesca Hayward as Giselle and Manon Yasmine Naghdi as Giselle, Lescaut's Mistress, and Odette Akane Takada and Benjamin Ella as Giselle and Albrecht Alexander Campbell as Des Grieux Vadim Muntagirov as Siegfried
  11. My mother has just booked for R&J (my birthday present) and was astonished at the price increases. She last went 2 years ago and paid around £100 per seat to see 'Alice'. Top price orch stalls matinee seats for R&J are £130 each! We went for them as it's a treat, and are hoping that Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball will still be scheduled to dance that performance by the time it comes around!
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