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  1. I suppose I'm part of this 'narrow demographic' because I buy a few expensive tickets each season. (I can't stand for an entire performance and can't see well enough to sit high up) but I come from an ordinary working-class background and developed a love for ballet after my parents took me to see the Festival Ballet at the old Davis theatre in Croydon. Each year, there would be a RB production on the BBC at Christmas which kept the memory alive - sadly there are few on mainstream TV now. Now I do my best to give family and friends a similar introduction to ballet. I took my niece to see a Swan Lake (Dowell and Makarova, I think) when she was a child and now I take her children for the occasional Nutcracker. I have taken friends and neighbours too and now we often watch the live transmissions in a local cinema as it is more affordable for pensioners and saves us booking months in advance. What these marketing types overlook is the trickle-down effect from everyone who sees ballet and loves it enough to spread the word. Aren't we bringing in the new audiences that they want? Linda
  2. Repeated at 7.00 a.m. for those who missed it. Linda
  3. There's nearly half a row left in the stalls for the final performance (June 11th). All top price unfortunately but since I've bought very few tickets this season I thought I'd treat myself.😃 Linda
  4. I have a huge collection of ballet magazines, many of which were given to me by the late John Percival's widow. As I have to downsize (or buy a larger house!) I am currently sorting them out and if there's anything in particular that anyone wants, I am very happy to help. Just let me know the details and I'll look through and see if I have it. I have magazines dating from the 50s/60s so there's stacks of interesting stuff here and if you want to have a look for yourself, I'm only 10 minutes from the Bank ( near Canary Wharf). Linda
  5. Thank you, Penelope & Mandy, for all the info. I shall mull it over and make a decision this weekend. Linda
  6. I have no children and I think my great-nieces and great-nephews will do just fine without my money so I'm very tempted but it's a bit far for a day trip and my camping days are long over. Can you suggest a local hotel Mandy? Linda
  7. The online edition of the Times has an interview with Carlos Acosta about the film based on his childhood ('Yuli') in which he mentions he will be taking over from David Bintley as artistic director at Birmingham Royal Ballet. I expect this is widely known and I must have missed the press announcement? Linda
  8. Thank you. I'm sorry I wasn't able to go even if it was a rather superficial look at arguably the most influential choreographers in ballet. I remember when there were Insight Days which could cover a subject in depth instead of the brief evenings (usually less than 2 hours) we get now. Such an important subject would be better covered in a full day but perhaps people can't spare the time or is it that the ROH management is trying to attract a younger audience with a presumed shorter attention span? Linda
  9. Can anyone tell me about the January 31st Insight? It was described as 'Masters of Ballet', so could refer to choreographers, companies or dancers and I was hoping it would be filmed but it isn't on YouTube. Linda
  10. Does the pigeon wrangler get a programme credit? After all, if the pigeons don't do their stuff perfectly in the last act, the story falls a bit flat. Linda
  11. Yes, not exactly surprising. But he is an excellent actor and I hope he can make the transition to the commercial stage as others like Adam Cooper and Martin Harvey did. Linda
  12. Ticket successfully mailed to friend - ain't technology wonderful! Linda
  13. Last minute I know but I have a Stalls Row A for tonight and I can't travel because of my back. It cost me £35 - yours for £20 if you live near enough to go. E-ticket so I can easily email it to you. Linda
  14. I'm going Saturday too, so looking forward to the performance now. Thanks for your post, Sim, it's really lifted me with anticipation despite the gloomy post-Christmas weather and general Brexit-induced gloom!
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