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Experience with ROH Winter Season General Booking ...

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Having been quite pleased to get seats for Giselle, I now find that the girls have 50% chance of their ballet exams on that evening!!!

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I live out in the sticks so when I go up to London to see the Royal Ballet I am prepared to pay for decent seats though I'd love to be able to see multiple casts of a production and try out different locations in the theatre.

 

As it is I always try to go for the orchestra stalls, as its my treat for my once or twice (or if I'm lucky three!) a year trip to see the Royal Ballet.

I have the same problem which is why I go for good seats, like you.  Grand Tier is my absolute favourite.  It's always a marathon - I leave home at 13.00 and get back about 03.00 the next day but its almost always worth it.  Oh for a decent late night train service - hanging around at Waterloo in the small hours is no fun!

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I don't think anywhere is: I can say from personal experience that Victoria isn't, and killing 1/2 an hour at Clapham Junction late at night is absolutely no fun either.  I remember trying to eke out a trip to the Sainsbury's to fill a long gap, and it was really difficult.  It's not so bad if they actually announce the platform for the train so you can at least sit in it, but they quite often don't do that until 5 minutes before departure time, and of course at CJ they can't do it at all.

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11.30pm coach back for me :( arrive back home 3.00am, have to wander around town in the early morning to get to my car.

 

Those coach rides are miserable too, never been so cold, smell of full toilets and lots of tinny music spilling out of headphones.

 

Normally I would book 3 diff cast for Giselle, say, but this time I am going once, and shall watch another performance in the comfort of my local cinema!

 

A good tip to relieve the misery at not much more money, is to book a Premier Inn for an overnight. I personally go for the Hanger Lanne one, one can be there in half an hour from leaving the ROH, and booked far enough ahead, it is only £35 for one or two people in a double!

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Nabbed some quite expensive tickets for Elizabeth, my partner's treat as I'm broke! SO excited - we are both historians of this period so it was a must for us. We're also seeing the mixed bill with Carmen in it at the end of this month, which I know wasn't part of the Winter season booking but I only just booked them so it feels as though they count. Luckily I wanted to see Tierney Heap rather than the first cast because I really like to watch the 'up and coming' dancers, and for that I also get Muntagirov! Acosta is pretty much sold out.

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