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Alice Shortcake

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About Alice Shortcake

  • Birthday 05/02/1960

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    Ballet, opera, drama (especially Shakespeare), art, history, literature

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  1. There was some unplanned drama in the first act of 'Cinderella' at today's matinee. The elements of the kitchen set, instead of coming together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, crashed into each other and caused the curtain to be lowered for a few minutes until the problem was sorted out! It didn't stop a large and well-behaved audience of children enjoying the show immensely, with the wicked stepmother being thunderously booed, panto style! I have to say that although I enjoyed the performance and the unusual take on the Cinderella story, the score left me cold. I really missed Pro
  2. I thoroughly enjoyed the live broadcast, but did anyone else find the first act much too dark? Perhaps the old DVD gave a false impression of the production - most recordings of that era were over-lit for the TV cameras - but I was a bit disappointed when the curtain rose to find that twilight had already fallen and Osbert Lancaster's lovely buildings and clouds were barely visible! On the credit side, thank goodness the night hours no longer have to carry those comically huge candlesticks...
  3. I'm really looking forward to seeing this in Leeds later this month. The last time I saw a Northern Ballet Cinderella was back in the 80s - in that production Cinders was a dressmaker in her family's upmarket shop and the score was by Johann Strauss.
  4. I book aisle seats whenever possible in order to make a quick getaway - not necessarily in order to catch the last train home, but to avoid the infantile whooping and screeching that passes for applause nowadays. When did British audiences start to behave like this?
  5. I had to stop watching after about twenty seconds because the CGI human/cat effects made my skin crawl. Evidently some people are more sensitive to this sort of thing than others, but to me it's high octane nightmare fuel!
  6. I had the same problem earlier this year after an opera performance (hello, fellow York resident!) Rather than risk having the show ruined by worrying about the risk of being stranded in London I decided to spend the night at one of the many budget hotels near King's Cross.
  7. Interesting to hear that there will be a DVD of 'Victoria', but not of 'Casanova', which was also filmed.
  8. Public booking for the 19/20 season was supposed to open at 11 this morning. I'm sitting here, credit card in hand, dying to give BRB my money, but so far nothing has happened.
  9. Something that looks like a triple mirror formed part of the set for 'The Haunted Ballroom': https://www.flickr.com/photos/crossettlibrary/16592603783
  10. A couple of days before making a rare trip to London to see 'Akhnaten' at the Coliseum I developed the worst cough I've had for decades. Despite equipping myself with cough mixture, lozenges and bottled water I was terrified I'd become That Awful Person Who Coughs All the Way Through. Mercifully, other than a minor spasm near the beginning I remained cough-free throughout the performance - only to make up for it at the hotel, where my seal-like barking caused the woman in the next room to knock on my door and ask if I needed help!
  11. I hope the production won't look as dark on DVD as it did in the cinema relay. I recently bought the new 'Onegin' DVD and was very disappointed by the dinginess of many scenes - perhaps I'm comparing it to the old (and therefore over-lit for TV) National Ballet of Canada version, or perhaps I need to invest in a better player!
  12. More info here: http://www.russian-national-ballet.com
  13. Watched once - just not my cup of tea. £16 including postage and packing.
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