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  1. BBC4 this Sunday, 17 Oct, Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words with Francesca Hayward and William Bracewell.
  2. For any members in the UK who are having difficulty obtaining a copy of this book I can arrange for it to be delivered directly to your home or place of work. I run an independent bookshop in Mid Wales and can get our main supplier to send the book directly to you. As a member of this forum I am happy to supply the book postage free to other members. If you are interested please message me. There are other members of the forum who know me and I hope would be willing to vouch for me, so that you know this is not a scam.
  3. The casts for BRB's Romeo & Juliet in B'ham and Plymouth has just been announced. https://www.brb.org.uk/whats-on/event/romeo-and-juliet Why they couldn't have spread all the casts over the two venues I don't know. As it is there are three casts in B'ham and another three totally different ones in Plymouth.
  4. My copy arrived today but as I own a bookshop I was able to order it direct from our main supplier. It is a sumptuous volume with lots of photographs and loads to read. Our supplier is showing that they have 49 copies in stock so start complaining if you haven't received your copy yet.
  5. Sheila, If you go to the following site and enter the location you want it should show up. It is showing York and also Aberystwyth where I usually go. https://www.bolshoiballetincinema.com/tickets/
  6. Unfortunately it seems to be showing in a peculiar selection of cinemas. It isn't at either of the ones I see the Royal or Bolshoi broadcasts, which are still a fair distance from where I live. The nearest cinema to me that this is showing is nearly 45 miles away. Too far to go for an evening showing.
  7. Sorry, I got my timeline muddled, blame getting older and the pandemic going on for so long it almost seems like longer. What I meant was just having carried my tickets over from last year.
  8. I'm also disappointed with this change. I had tickets for this in 2019 which, of course, was cancelled. I elected to hold them over to last year and then again to this year. Having moved away from Birmingham three years ago I had decided not to see Nutcracker again, having seen it more times than I can count since it was first produced, but when my son, who now lives in London, said he would like to see it again we agreed to meet halfway between where we both live. He didn't want to see it at the RAH, partly cost and partly because it wouldn't be the original production. Now he's stuck with what he didn't want to see. It sounds from the email that we won't be getting the stunning transformation scene when the fireplace turns round but "projections " instead. I feel short changed!
  9. The show is booked in to the B'ham Hippodrome 6 - 11 June next year, presumably as part of a national tour. I somehow doubt it will have the same cast as at the Wells though.
  10. Congratulations to Valentino Zucchetti on winning the Dance Award of the South Bank Awards Show for Scherzo. He was obviously really surprised to have won. For anyone who missed the show it will be on Sky Arts again on Sunday from 9.00 - 11.00.
  11. There was a 12.00 performance on a Friday in June 2019 of the triple bill Firebird/Month in the Country/Symphony in C. It caused me all sorts of problems working out how I was going to get to London to see it without spending a fortune.
  12. I imagine it's an orchestration of Johan Strauss's music for the operetta. There is certainly a recognisable tune from that towards the end of the pas de deux.
  13. Not ballet but opera. Welsh National Opera has had to cancel it's spring season. "Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the associated restrictions, we have regretfully taken the decision to cancel our Spring 2021 Season. Please visit our website for the latest information. All of us at WNO are looking forward to a time when we can see you all again at a theatre or concert hall and in the meantime we hope that you all stay safe and well. "
  14. Be careful when you buy this as there are two options. "Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker at The REP will be available to watch as a livestream event at 7.30pm on Friday 18th December. It will then be available to view as a video-on-demand recording from Saturday 19th to Thursday 24th December. Video-on-demand sales close at midnight on 21st December, but can be viewed until midnight on Christmas Eve." It is not made clear in this statement that if you pay for the livestream you will only be able to watch that. If you want the video-on-demand it is a separate payment and this will be available from 19th Dec for 3 days from when you activate it. It won't be available over the entire 6 days.
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