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  1. I am getting a banner reading: Website Alert: Purchases are currently unavailable while we resolve a technical issue. Our apologies for any inconvenience.
  2. Alison, I think this may be the original casting (E & O E) Spartacus:- 29 July: Rodkin/ Sevenard/ Lantratov/ Zakharova 30 July: Tsvirko/ Nikulina/ Ovcharenko/ Smirnova 31 July: Lobukhin/ Vinogradova/ Belyakov/ Stepanova 1 August: Vasiliev/ Denisova/ Skvortsov/ Shipulina 9 August: Rodkin/ Sevenard/ Belyakov/ Zakharova 10 August, mat: Tsvirko/ Nikulina/ Skvortsov/ Krysanova 10 August, eve: Vasiliev/ Denisova/ Lantratov/ Smirnova Swan Lake:- 2 August: Smirnova/ Chudin 3 August, mat: Kovalyova/Tissi 3 August, eve: Zakharova/ Belyakov 5 August: Stepanova/ Ovcharenko 6 August: Nikulina/ Chudin 12 August: Stepanova/ Ovcharenko 13 August: Marchenkova/ Belyakov 14 August: Kovalyova/ Tissi The Bright Stream:- 7 August: Zhhiganshina/ Vasiliev/ Skvortsov/ Krysanova 8 August: Nikulina/ Lobukhin/ Lantratov/ Shipulina Don Quixote:- 15 August: Shrainer/ Vasiliev 16 August: Krysanova/ Lantratov 17 August, mat: Sevenard/ Tsvirko 17 August, eve: Stepanova/ Rodkin
  3. According to the website, Vasiliev is replaced by Denis Rodkin on 1st August, not by Mikhail Lobukhin.
  4. Justine was danced by Romany Pajdak and Henry by Valentino Zucchetti.
  5. Do you mean to say that they have a box office INSIDE the theatre building? What a novel idea! 🙃
  6. Jonathan Cope didn't wear a white wig when I saw this production in 2001. His wig may have been glittered, but it was certainly dark.
  7. Gary Avis has danced the Helpmann sister a number of times. I saw him in June 2010, with Phiip Mosley as the Ashton sister. Personally, I think it would be a mistake to cast former principals in these roles - it was not a great success when it was tried before. Benet Gartside would be brilliant alongside Gary Avis. Sorry, back to Nutcracker...
  8. FLOSS, it would appear that they were not quite so prim in 1877 as you have suggested. According to her memoirs, Ekaterina Vazem did indeed wear “harem pants” in the first production of La Bayadere. I hope it is in order to quote a couple of sentences:- “In the third scene the bayadere Nikiya performs a dance with a basket of flowers in a comparatively slow tempo. For this number they made me an oriental costume with flimsy trousers and bracelets on my legs. Petipa first composed this dance out of batteries – so called cabrioles – the throwing forward of one leg to meet the other. I pointed out to him that such steps were here in complete disagreement with the music and the costume. How, in fact, could one perform cabrioles in wide pants?”
  9. From the recording with Merle Park as Larisch, it is an ordinary pack of cards. It would make sense for the concealed card to be the Ace of Hearts as, apparently, that can signify a love letter as well as the start of a love affair. An early reviewer read the momentary expression of horror on Park's face as meaning that Mary's third card signified death - the Ace of Spades perhaps.
  10. At today’s Friends’ rehearsal, poor Gary Avis gave a speech before curtain up asking us to consider leaving money to the ROH in our wills. Seems as if they do need us regulars after all - but only once we are dead.
  11. Howard Goodall's Requiem, Eternal Light, was written for Ballet Rambert. I saw it at Snape Maltings, and very beautiful it was, too.
  12. I was thinking that the Queen (or the Princess as she is called in both the 1877 and 1895 librettos) is a ruling monarch who has lost her consort. That would mean that her son would not become king until her death. The uneasy relationship between the widowed Queen Victoria and her son Edward springs to mind. So far as Hamlet is concerned, at that time, kings of Denmark were elected. Claudius is a usurper, who has, as Hamlet says in Act V of the play, “popped in between the election and my hopes”. Tom Stoppard probably did his A Level Eng Lit slightly longer ago than me.
  13. Congratulations, too, to Gary Avis MBE.
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