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9 minutes ago, Don Q Fan said:

Thank you Sim on both counts - good to know who is who!!!

I have removed the question marks for you.  

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They are indeed gorgeous photos, Don Q Fan, and I think that Magri and Campbell should make an amazing Kitri and Basilio - two big stage personalities with acting chops to flesh out the roles.

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It's sad to think that (and this is conjecture only: Two Pigeons won't be performed for a few seasons and Laura Morera may have retired by the time it comes back) Morera will have only danced the role of the Gypsy Girl a total of four times in her whole professional career. She did dance it in the school performance years ago, but still, she is so brilliant in the role and I want to see her do it again! Very few audience members will have ever had the pleasure. 

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8 hours ago, Sarah langfield said:

Agree you could post it to her instagram site.

Would you have her tag so I can? I noticed she doesn't use her Twitter. 

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Absolutely lovely photos Don Q thanks so much ...I was at that treasured performance!

 

Had the email from ROH today so looks like will get to see Campbell as the young man on Tuesday which is fine by me!! 

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An embarrassing amount of tickets still available for pigeons/rbs this week. Just got an email from roh encouraging me to book for one of the 3 shows this week... Valentine’s Day looks like it will be particularly empty- stalls and stalls circle only half full. 

 

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RBS/Pigeons on 12th was opened for Young ROH Standby on Thursday. That is three out of six with three to go (19th Jan, 2nd Feb mat, 12th Feb). Unprecedented surely. It is the first time I have seen the decision made so far ahead of time, normally it is the day before. Also, tickets sold very slowly even at the reduced price, normally they are mostly gone within a few hours. There are still some decent seats available. Very sad, the company, the pigeons, and the students deserve better. 

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So where were the marketing department on this?  If you can't sell Two Pigeons for Valentine's Day, when can you?

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32 minutes ago, Blossom said:

Valentine’s Day looks like it will be particularly empty- stalls and stalls circle only half full. 

 

 

I've been trying to avoid looking at what's available for the 14th as I've already got a stalls seat and I probably should have gone for a nice unobstructed side Stalls circle.

 

I did manage to pick one up for tomorrow that's marked Friday Rush despite me booking it on Saturday

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16 minutes ago, alison said:

So where were the marketing department on this?  If you can't sell Two Pigeons for Valentine's Day, when can you?

 

Would love to get my hands on their marketing. So many things I would do differently, including their brand campaign (tube posters) which do nothing to entice action. So many ways to tease a potential audience to want to discover more - could have been far more effective.

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1 hour ago, alison said:

 If you can't sell Two Pigeons for Valentine's Day, when can you?

Especially as it was premiered on Valentine’s Day 🕊💞🕊

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The RBS tweeted that Prince Charles will attend tomorrow’s world premiere of Scarlett’s Cunning Little Vixen. 

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Thanks for the warning.  I'll be prepared for the extra bag checks this time.

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1 hour ago, MrsBBB said:

The RBS tweeted that Prince Charles will attend tomorrow’s world premiere of Scarlett’s Cunning Little Vixen. 

I hope he stays long enough to see Miss Naghdi’s debut in 2P!

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Something in the marketing department should change. Heads should roll. It seems that no effort whatsoever has been taken to sell these programmes. (Asphodel/RBS/Pigeons). Maybe they should have at least one person on the team who understands the 'product' they are selling. 

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3 hours ago, Saodan said:

RBS/Pigeons on 12th was opened for Young ROH Standby on Thursday. That is three out of six with three to go (19th Jan, 2nd Feb mat, 12th Feb). Unprecedented surely. It is the first time I have seen the decision made so far ahead of time, normally it is the day before. Also, tickets sold very slowly even at the reduced price, normally they are mostly gone within a few hours. There are still some decent seats available. Very sad, the company, the pigeons, and the students deserve better. 

I even got a leftover Friday Rush balcony standing for tomorrow night’s show!  Bought this afternoon.  

 

Just imagine, if they succeed in elbowing out all the faithful regulars who (shock!  horror!) go to multiple performances, how many fewer tickets would be sold for these slow burners!

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7 hours ago, Sim said:

I hope he stays long enough to see Miss Naghdi’s debut in 2P!

 

I don't see any reason why HRH wouldn't stay for Two Pigeons. Liam Scarlett and Yasmine Naghdi are both ex-White Lodgers and Alexander Campbell trained at the Upper School. HRH will get to see RBS pupils in training followed by the performance of professional RBS Alumni.

 

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Just now, alison said:

And he is President of the Royal Ballet, too.

 

Is he really?  I had no idea.  Did Princess Margaret hold that post before?

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10 hours ago, Darlex said:

Something in the marketing department should change. Heads should roll. It seems that no effort whatsoever has been taken to sell these programmes. (Asphodel/RBS/Pigeons). Maybe they should have at least one person on the team who understands the 'product' they are selling. 

 

This is not a scientific study, but when reading the New Yorker article about New York City Ballet posted in today’s links, I was struck that the three adverts scattered through the piece were all from ROH but none for the ballet.

 

The three operas were Katya Kabanova (on now, selling slowly - fair enough that they’re pushing it), Billy Budd (on in April/May and as good as sold out already) and Tosca (on in May/June and only two dates left with 100+ tickets remaining).

 

Why are Tosca and Billy Budd being pushed in an article *about ballet* when RBS/Two Pigeons isn’t?

 

(I can see a tenuous argument that Tosca can be a way to lure people to the website, but that doesn’t explain Billy Budd. And if it’s a question of RB marketing funds not having been allocated, why isn’t Andrea Chenier, which needs the help, being prioritised?)

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Well, I'm getting plenty of ads for Andrea Chenier - it's the only reason I knew it was on!  Plus I have had a lot of 2 Pigs adverts.

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I was beginning to wonder whether poor sales for Meadows/Pigeons ,Vixen/Pigeons and Don Q had something to do with (sorry to utter these words on our balletcoforum)... BREXIT EFFECT, but I see that the latter is starting to fill up.

I would imagine that many people were thinking that the RBS programme would sell out because of student's families buying tickets, but for many schools, half-term is next week, not this week when the programme is on. I wonder how many students are involved and how long ago casting was announced and if there are to be two casts performing? Some of that we will know soon.  

Pigeons and co have been programmed just after Christmas when many people are less inclined to spend; all pieces are unfamiliar titles and many areas of the auditorium have simply been priced quite steeply for a mixed bill. Interesting that all-Ashton bills have sold well in the recent past possibly with the exception of Pigeons.

And the pity is that the quality of Meadows/Pigeons programme has been so high in all regards.

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26 minutes ago, alison said:

Well, I'm getting plenty of ads for Andrea Chenier - it's the only reason I knew it was on!  Plus I have had a lot of 2 Pigs adverts.

 

Good to know - but why haven’t Tosca and Billy Budd been taken out of rotation already?

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Possibly for the same reason that I was still getting notifications - I think for Nutcracker and the Les Patineurs bill, but could be wrong - once they'd sold out/were finished.

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reminds me of the days of seeing the (sometimes quite lovely) posters for the RB, whilst navigating tube stations. They always seemed to be for the sold out shows, but never for the productions selling less well, which always mystified me!

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