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The Royal Ballet’s Spring and Summer programmes 2021


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On 10/03/2021 at 20:49, Dawnstar said:

As I won't have been vaccinated when the ROH re-opens, and so won't be able to attend, I'm very pleased to see they'll be starting with Within The Golden Hour and two Pite works: I was lukewarm about the former and, after spending one of the longest half an hours I've ever spent in a theatre suffering Flight Pattern, have no desire to ever again see anything by Pite!

 

Thanks Dawnstar for saying what I thought but couldn't quite bring myself to say! We obviously think along similar lines. I'm dying to get back to the ROH but wouldn't risk a 200 mile train journey and an overnight stay to see Within the Golden Hour. Frankly, I'm not sure if I'd walk down the road to see it having seen it at the cinema and the livestream. Twice is more than enough. I can see why they're doing it as dancers won't need as much rehearsal time. Though regarding the train a friend told me someone she knew got the train from Blackpool to London and was the only person on it! I do like the idea of a socially distanced theatre though. Uninterrupted sightlines! No tall or fidgetty person just in front of you. Bliss! Also, I'm sure everyone will be so pleased at being in a theatre again they'll make just as much noise as if there were 2,000+. Will be interesting to see what the other programmes are, perhaps they'll prove more of a dilemma. I hope they stream all of them then perhaps I'll wait until autumn when I'll feel safer at travelling and not risking compromising my husband's health. I'm hoping for la Fille and/or an Ashton mixed bill and I'm sure Swan Lake will feature.

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2 hours ago, jmhopton said:

I hope they stream all of them then perhaps I'll wait until autumn when I'll feel safer at travelling and not risking compromising my husband's health. I'm hoping for la Fille and/or an Ashton mixed bill and I'm sure Swan Lake will feature.

 

If they do Swan Lake before I've been vaccinated then I'll be very torn on whether or not to risk it & go. (Not saying the ROH will be unsafe but I can only get to London by train so it's the travelling I'd be more worried about than the theatre.) I've somehow never managed to see Swan Lake live & was supposed to finally do so in March 2020 if covid hadn't intervened.

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We had a retail circular at work (at a train operating company) today to say that with trains being used for non essential travel soon a reservation system will be in operation to restrict passenger numbers, with reservations ‘strongly advised’ on all First services and Crosscountry Trains otherwise carriage on a particular train can’t be assumed. This even applies to off duty staff using their privilege passes ie me. This may help with your concerns 

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17 hours ago, Rob S said:

We had a retail circular at work (at a train operating company) today to say that with trains being used for non essential travel soon a reservation system will be in operation to restrict passenger numbers, with reservations ‘strongly advised’ on all First services and Crosscountry Trains otherwise carriage on a particular train can’t be assumed. This even applies to off duty staff using their privilege passes ie me. This may help with your concerns 

 

Neither of the train companies I can use to get down to London, Greater Anglia & Thameslink, have previously had reservations on their Cambridge-London trains & nor do they have guards. So I can't imagine how they would implement such a system.

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26 minutes ago, Dawnstar said:

 

Neither of the train companies I can use to get down to London, Greater Anglia & Thameslink, have previously had reservations on their Cambridge-London trains & nor do they have guards. So I can't imagine how they would implement such a system.

 

Hmmm....can you sit in the toilet for the whole journey? 🤔

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Now, that would make her popular ;)  Yes, trouble is, I don't think most of the "metro" services round London have that facility, only the long-distance trains.  It's one of the failings of the new Thameslink rolling-stock that nobody seemed to think that people might want to make long-distance trips on them rather than commute: virtually no tables, frequently no Wi-Fi, ..., and I can't remember whether there was any at-seat reservation facility, but then I haven't been on one since before Christmas.

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4 hours ago, Rob S said:

Hmmm....can you sit in the toilet for the whole journey? 🤔

Have you seen, not to mention smelt, many train loos?! I won't even go to the loo in them, let alone spend a journey in one!

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From an article with Kevin O'Hare in the Evening Standard

 

'Next week, the 2021/22 season will also be announced, which will include a new three-acter by Wheeldon ' and "He confirms that Edward Watson, one of the Royal’s most loved principals, will get the chance to dance a series of farewell performances in Wayne McGregor’s postponed Dante Project next season. "

 

https://www.standard.co.uk/culture/dance/royal-ballet-boss-kevin-o-hare-diversity-gender-race-pandemic-b924340.html

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I often pick up the Thameslink Cambridge line from completely the other end at Brighton. I’ve only been up to London twice ( last September and then December) since Pandemic and both times happened to be a Cambridge train. 
Often this train has 12 carriages which is great as plenty of room and both times hardly anybody on the train I had about two whole carriages to myself!! 
Of course this will start to change from June so more of a risk unless vaccinated.

As have friends in Cambridge I have done the whole run from Brighton but it’s a long time on the train and they are not THAT comfortable for longer journeys!! On the newer trains nowhere  even to put a cup of tea/coffee except on the floor 🙄 

As per usual people designing for transport they never use!! 
Looking forward to hearing what’s on offer at ROH both later on in the summer and next Autumn and looking forward to the Dante Project. 

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15 hours ago, FionaE said:

Do we know when the ‘Meet the Young Dancers’ event is tomorrow?   Time?  YouTube?

 

I have had a response from the ROH to the effect that this event has had to be postponed until the summer.

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1 hour ago, capybara said:

 

I have had a response from the ROH to the effect that this event has had to be postponed until the summer.


Thank you so much for finding out.  
 

I was quite excited for this and noticed the relevant young dancers had gone quiet about it on social media.  You’d think the ROH would make a short statement ....  I won’t be the only one interested and waiting.  It doesn’t need to be revealing of whatever the reason is either.  It would be sufficient to say ...

”we regret to inform, that this event has been postponed until later this year.”

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4 hours ago, FionaE said:


Thank you so much for finding out.  
 

I was quite excited for this and noticed the relevant young dancers had gone quiet about it on social media.  You’d think the ROH would make a short statement ....  I won’t be the only one interested and waiting.  It doesn’t need to be revealing of whatever the reason is either.  It would be sufficient to say ...

”we regret to inform, that this event has been postponed until later this year.”

 

Exactly - especially when they were sending out another ad. for The Dream today.

I don't think that the sections of the ROH which communicate with the Friends/Patrons/Public always see things sufficiently from the point of view of the supporters.

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On 19/03/2021 at 18:27, capybara said:

 

I don't think that the sections of the ROH which communicate with the Friends/Patrons/Public always see things sufficiently from the point of view of the supporters.

 

That's very diplomatically put, Capybara.

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An email from the Friends of RBS indicates this about School performances. They

 " will be at the Royal Opera House, both on the main stage for the Matinee on Saturday 10 July and also in their Linbury Theatre, from 23-26 June with further performances in the Upper School and at White Lodge."

 

"Only the Upper School will perform at the Royal Opera House while White Lodge will perform in their own Margot Fonteyn Theatre, though this will just be for their families."

 

Tickets will be very limited (socially distanced seating). 

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Director of operations at the ROH  Heather Walker quoted in The Stage (paywall, limited access with registration)  saying some restrictions may remain in place even after the government restrictions are reduced including  timed entry, temperature checks and one-way systems. Happily for the Telegraph's critic the bars will be open during intervals, initially only with table service ( indicating intervals will be back as well, unlike Sadler's Wells). Digital tickets and cast lists will probably remain for some time.  

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Does anyone know when booking opens for the General Public for performances in May/June/July I can’t see any info on the website. 
Also can’t see any dates for any particular performances everything seems a bit vague but they say they are opening on May 17th so it’s less than six weeks away 🤔

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7 minutes ago, LinMM said:

Does anyone know when booking opens for the General Public for performances in May/June/July I can’t see any info on the website. 
Also can’t see any dates for any particular performances everything seems a bit vague but they say they are opening on May 17th so it’s less than six weeks away 🤔

Program will be announced next week I think with booking dates

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14 minutes ago, LinMM said:

Thankyou oncnp I just couldn’t find the info! 

 

'Becasue I don't think it's there. I just vaguely remember April 13 as being the date that Spring performaces will be announceced. 

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39 minutes ago, LinMM said:

Thankyou oncnp I just couldn’t find the info! 

Yes - 13 April according to the ROH news of 10 March (listed under Opera). 

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I do hope there is going to be something more substantial, other than the 2 x Pite Ballets & ‘Golden Hour’ announced for 17 May onwards.   It’s an awfully long time until the full new season in October.  For dancers and audience!
 

It would such a waste of the dancers if the RB doesn’t perform longer into the summer too.  In place of taking the usual most of July, all of August and into September break.  I imagine everyone is fed up of not performing.  And there presumably won’t be any visiting international companies either this summer. 
 

And imagine the waste if at least some of the summer is not utilised and (god forbid) new restrictions get imposed next Autumn/Winter.  That would be too awful for all.  
 

 

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1 hour ago, FionaE said:

  It’s an awfully long time until the full new season in October.

 

The last ROH e-mail said the Autumn season will start in September this year.

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As a 'follower' of many RB dancers on Instagram, I think that I am picking up hints that the summer programme might have three different programmes and, if so, surely they will announce them (hopefully with casting) on the 13th April.

 

It was confirmed yesterday that Royal Ballet dancers will again feature in a gala at Athelhampton House -11th and 12th September.

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