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  1. For those wondering about R&J casting, I wrote to the ROH customer service email in late January about when casting for other roles in the ballet would be announced and received this back: "Further casting will be announced nearer to the time on our website." This never materialized, so I emailed again on Monday and received the following: "The current policy from The Royal Ballet for the casting on the website is that they don't detail many roles as they often have to change casting due to injury or illness."
  2. I have a single ticket for sale for the Thursday 14 February Royal Ballet School/RB Two Pigeons performance. It's A-3 in the front row of the orchestra stalls, £61. Please message me if you're interested!
  3. I've just had an email about Asphodel Meadows/Two Pigeons: "We are contacting you to let you know that due to injury Cesar Corrales will be replaced by Tristan Dyer on 19 January at 12pm, 2 February at 2pm and 5 February at 7.30pm. This necessitates that Tristan Dyer will be replaced by Leo Dixon."
  4. In the play, the sisters speak often of their desire to return to Moscow, where they grew up. Irina dreams that she will meet the love of her life there. When it becomes clear they're not going back to Moscow, Olga urges Irina to marry Tuzenbach. Irina decides to do so because she respects him, she believes he is a good man, she knows he loves her and will treat her well, they share a similar goal (they both want to work and see value in it), and she doesn't see another way out. Solyony, in the play, is never really a serious option for Irina - he is awkward, rude, and off-putting (doing things like imitating a chicken). He acts this way to hide the fact that he's painfully shy. No one really likes him apart from Tuzenbach. I think Irina is sad when Tuzenbach is killed because, although she confesses before the duel that she doesn't love him, she still cares about him, and it derails her plans of leaving and finding work with a husband she can trust. Ultimately she still does decide to leave, but I think her plans are a little less stable and more difficult without the baron there.
  5. They were wonderful, weren't they? I'm so hoping it's programmed for next season. My DVD is in the post - I haven't seen this ballet since that run so I'm thrilled I'll finally be able to see it again!
  6. Thank you so much for your kind words, and thank you for reading! I was very, very lucky to see this cast twice from front row center in the stalls, which is I guess ideally placed to catch the details. It really helped to have two lengthy intervals to take notes during, too! I thought Soares' take on Rudolf was really interesting and different from what I've seen from other dancers in this role, and I've seen very few reviews of this cast compared to others, so I was really keen to capture what I saw as best I could and get it out there into the conversation.
  7. Steven McRae is also joining the cast of Cats, returning to the Royal Ballet for Romeo & Juliet: https://www.roh.org.uk/news/royal-ballet-principal-francesca-hayward-leads-the-cast-of-cats
  8. I have a new blog post up about the Soares/Cuthbertson cast of Mayerling - well, mainly about Soares but I couldn't resist discussing some of the other dancers as well. It's here if anyone's interested (warning: it's quite long). Also, on the topic of the music - I also find it so frustrating that it's never been released on CD. I put the DVD on in the background sometimes if I want to hear it, but I'd love something more portable. I think the music selected for the ballet fits it perfectly so it's disappointing that after all this time there's still nothing.
  9. Just a heads up - there are suddenly quite a few very good stalls/stalls circle tickets online for Les Patineurs. I was just able to grab front row tickets for 2 performances. I guess it must have been a glitch yesterday then because I didn't see any of these tickets on the website when public booking opened.
  10. That answers all my questions! Thanks so much for sharing these details - really appreciate it.
  11. Apologies if this is off-topic, but I haven't (yet!) attended a rehearsal and I was curious about the casting. Is it usually the first cast who performs? Would this depend on whether the rehearsal is the same day as a performance? Any tips on making educated guesses about the casting would be very much appreciated!
  12. I also had a frustrating experience today. I'm a Young Friend so did most of my booking earlier this month - I wasn't planning to see Les Patineurs initially but changed my mind a few days ago and thought I'd wait for public booking to see what's available. I'd wanted to see a couple different casts, and there was plenty of availability for one, but nothing at all in the stalls or stalls circle for the other. I'll look out for returns I suppose, but still very odd.
  13. I read the discussion in this thread about audience confusion over the plot/characters a few days ago - I've overheard all manner of bewildered comments at Mayerling before, but what I heard last night was a new one. During the first interval, a woman near me was patiently explaining to the person she brought that Rudolf was gay (!). "Didn't you see him kissing all those men?" she asked. I assume she was referring to the Hungarian officers!
  14. Just to chime in, I'm also very disappointed about Campbell and really can't understand this. I was dearly hoping (and expecting) to see him as Romeo. I know he's a fantastic Mercutio but that certainly shouldn't be a barrier to playing Romeo. I can only hope that he'll get a chance whenever this ballet next comes around, although if they are going with younger dancers I suppose perhaps not. What a shame. That said, I will book both his performances of Frankenstein if I can, and will probably see a fair few R&Js - there a number of casts that are very appealing, especially Hayward/Corrales, Naghdi/Ball, and Lamb/Muntagirov.
  15. I find this to be a constant problem, personally. The best performances I see tend to be later in the run, so I always think I should just book those. But there have been so many times where I've planned to see just one performance of a particular cast and gone to their first show, and then been so blown away I book their remaining performances.. which you can't do if you go to the later shows.
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