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  1. The chap sitting next to me on Saturday put his on, so that's one person! I was in the GT on Saturday and mask wearing seemed pretty good.
  2. Some rather wonderful photos of Bracewell and Kaneko from the ROH's Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/royaloperahouse/albums/72157720031365270
  3. You’re not the only one! Waterloo Station is a bit of a let down after that!
  4. What marvellous performances this afternoon from William Bracewell and Fumi Kaneko. Rather an early start but London at 10am was rather lovely with the sun shining through the mist.
  5. Apologies if I am missing your point but if you save the link in your comment as a bookmark that will take you there every time. For some reason the newer cast sheets aren't in pdf format anymore. However if you print to pdf you can save them as pdf documents for future reference/printing.
  6. A five-star review in the Telegraph from Mark Monahan: (behind paywall) https://www.telegraph.co.uk/dance/what-to-see/romeo-juliet-royal-ballet-review-sexy-stirring-nail-biter-evening/
  7. In anticipation of the Royal Ballet's Autumn season which starts on Tuesday 5th October, here are some rehearsal photos to whet your appetite! William Bracewell and Fumi Kaneko certainly seem to make a lovely pairing - which is good as I am seeing them on the 9th! https://www.flickr.com/photos/royaloperahouse/albums/72157719943466395
  8. It's a shame - I'm also booked for that performance (I don't live in London but not too far). I do hope that most of the remaining seats sell in time. I suppose there is almost a fortnight to go, so fingers crossed.
  9. Lord Gowrie in the 1980s perhaps? Obviously pre-culture department.
  10. So many u-turns from the Government on this issue, it's really quite ridiculous. I have the upmost sympathy for anyone involved in running or working in an 'entertainment venue'. The Government is just making a pretty dire situation much worse.
  11. For something that is supposed to start at the end of this month, the Government's proposals still seem very vague. Does legislation need to be passed in order to ensure enforcement/compliance? If so they are cutting it fine!
  12. Hi - As Alison has mentioned they have had the requirement for ID for some time but I have never been asked for it - certainly not prior to the pandemic or on my visits since December last year, so you should be fine!
  13. I think if you are in the first (or second) row of the Balcony but fairly central then you should be fine. Unlike the Grand Tier as you move away from the centre in the Balcony the rail etc starts to impede the view quite considerably. Personally I prefer the front two rows of either the Grand Tier or the Balcony as I can be sure of an unimpeded view. Having said that, in the many times I have sat in the Stalls I can't recall having much of a problem (and I speak as someone who isn't that tall).
  14. Pleased to say that my booking went relatively smoothly today and so much easier than under the temporary arrangements. The website was very slow first thing and it wouldn't let me log in - wasn't sure whether the slowness was the ROH's website or my employer's internet connection! Have had the complication of trying to anticipate a possible (second( operation in the autumn so have left a big gap between R&J and Giselle and hopefully I can fit it in then!
  15. Yes I do - thankfully they seem to have been discarded (or put down!). Awful things - reminds me of Johnny Deppy as Willy Wonka.
  16. Regarding the comments about Voices of Spring you may find the Masterclass with Merle Park and Wayne Eagling organised by the Frederick Ashton Foundation quite interesting - link below https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo1A73hPC8U
  17. In the (very short) run of the Nutcracker last December, certainly the men didn't wear wigs in the second act (I think the Cavalier did) and looked all the better for it.
  18. Apologies if this has been posted elsewhere - rehearsal of Anemoi from the ROH's YouTube channel (I wasn't aware this was going to be screened!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNnkzJnRsG0
  19. Very pleased for the Aud Jebsen dancers - let us hope that their second year runs more smoothly than their first!
  20. I'm glad to see that everyone else who was a Wednesday's performance enjoyed it. Perhaps I wasn't looking forward to it as much as I should have been as I am not overly keen on divertissments but other than Morgen which rather left me cold, I enjoyed them all including the slightly bizarre woman with water (Mayara Magri certainly impressing). Reece Clarke and Beatriz Stix-Brunell made a lovely pairing in After the Rain and they certainly got the loudest applause). I'm not too sure what to make of Anemoi - I think the slower movements worked better for me - otherwise I felt it was sometimes too fast with too many dancers rushing on and off stage. Comparing it to say Concerto which although has a large cast, it is much better paced and certainly for me lasts longer in the memory. But perhaps that comparison is unfair given the choreographer! Sleeping Beauty seemed just a tad flat - I think the smaller cast really had an impact. Of the three performances I have seen I would say that the Apollo mixed was the most impressive, then the Sleeping Beauty mixed and lastly the Within the Golden Hour mixed (which apart from Within was a bit too dark for me).
  21. According to an email just received from ROH - We are delighted to announce ballet casting for the Autumn performances of our 2021/2022 Season. Ballet casting and further details for this Season’s Beauty Mixed Programme will be available on our website later this week.
  22. Absolutely - I do hope their partnership can continue despite Anna Rose's promotion. I think they are the dancers I see the most!
  23. I was at Wednesday's performance too, and I would agree entirely with what Sim has said. I haven't seen the alternate casting so I can't really compare other than to say I found it considerably more enjoyable than the 21st Century Choreographers a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully the Sleeping Beauty Mixed Bill will enable the company to end the season on a high! I will certainly be watching the live stream on Friday!
  24. Thank you for posting the link. Looking forward to it !
  25. I have to wear glasses at work but thankfully don't have to wear a mask. However I do wear my glasses to the ballet as they sharpen the image for me - I purchased a wipe from my optician and it certainly seems to stop my glasses fogging up!
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