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Hello all, my church choir is coming on tour to England in July  to sing the services at Canterbury Cathedral, St George's Windsor Castle, and Westminster Abbey. (please do come and hear us if your nearby).

I notice that our stay in Windsor coincides with ENB's summer run at the Coliseum (Song of a Wayfarer, Raymonda Act III, Petrushka), which I would really like to see. I think I can catch a train from Windsor to London after evensong that would get me there in time, but ... what if I miss my train?? So I'm not sure I want to commit to buying a ballet ticket. What do you think, if I come screeching in the doors of the Coliseum at 7:20 pm, will I be able to get a decent stalls seat then? I have no idea of how well ENB's mixed programs sell. Also, do you know if ticket availability would generally be better on Friday night or Saturday night?

Fortunately we'll be at Westminster Abbey the following week, so I can see Carlos Acosta in a more relaxed manner. and maybe the Bolshoi.

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Standby tickets for ENB are available to allcomers from 3 hours before curtain up and to seniors etc from 12 noon for evening performances. It is usually possible to get last minute tickets for ENB's triple bills, especially at times of the year when there is a lot of dance on in London. While, at the Coli, the stalls usually sell out first - apart, that is, for single seats very much to the side - the sightlines are good wherever one sits. You can monitor availability generally and the difference between the Friday and Saturday nights nearer the time at www.eno.org

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Funny, I've always been refused standbys for ENB when I've asked: I thought they were only for senior citizens and possibly people in receipt of benefits.

 

I should point out that people are often very bad about picking up their tickets at the Coli, and at 7.25 there may still be a very long queue of people waiting to do so, so I'm not convinced that arriving at 7.20 would necessarily get you in for the start.  That said, they usually let latecomers in to stand at the back of the balcony.

 

You should, though, be aware that the Royal Ballet's 6-performance mixed bill including Raymonda (and Firebird) sold out extremely quickly. Petrushka has also been popular in the past, so I would very definitely keep an eye on how seats are selling.  OTOH, it is the middle of the holiday season, which sometimes makes tickets easier to get hold of, and there *will* be an awful lot of dance around, so people may have to restrict what performances they go to see.

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Good point, I hadn't thought about the queue at the box office.

I guess in a pinch I could buy a good ticket ahead of time and if I only manage to get there in time for the first intermission, it wouldn;t be too bad. I'd get 2/3 of a full performance for 2/3 of what I'd pay for a full performance here in Toronto, ENB's ticket prices being much cheaper.

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Funny, I've always been refused standbys for ENB when I've asked: I thought they were only for senior citizens and possibly people in receipt of benefits.

 

 

 

I'm sorry; I think what I said was misleading. It is possible that the people I know who have obtained last minute tickets have had some form of disability which qualifies them for a reduction. I endorse the point about the long queues to collect tickets at the Coli as the ticket machines no longer appear to work.  

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Wow, toursenlair, your Church choir must be really good! I doubt that this programme will sell out on the Friday and Saturday evenings. I generally sit in the Amphitheatre in Row F or G (with opera glasses) and find the view fine although the safety rail slightly obscures the front of the stage. Further forward the view is more restricted (possibly not Row E). I wonder if Konvalina will dance in Song of a Wayfarer. Apparently, he was very good when he danced it with NBoC last year. I'm intrigued to know who (else) will be cast in this.

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You're right, Aileen, my church choir is pretty good ! (she says modestly). Four years ago we sang at Salisbury Cathedral and St Paul's!

Konvalina was FANTASTIC in Wayfarer with the NBOC here in Toronto. I can't imagine they won't give it to him again. RUN to go see him in it.

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Yes, I definitely want to go and see it. It's interesting to hear that Konvalina was cast in, and was so good in, this role. I, and some others over here, see him as a danseur noble and so it would be great to see him do something so different. I wonder if Maina Gielgud will stage it.

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I'm sorry; I think what I said was misleading. It is possible that the people I know who have obtained last minute tickets have had some form of disability which qualifies them for a reduction. I endorse the point about the long queues to collect tickets at the Coli as the ticket machines no longer appear to work.  

 

I don't think the ticket machines are even there any more ...

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Standby tickets for ENB are available to allcomers from 3 hours before curtain up and to seniors etc from 12 noon for evening performances. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

alison, on 11 Feb 2013 - 17:00, said:snapback.png

 

Funny, I've always been refused standbys for ENB when I've asked: I thought they were only for senior citizens and possibly people in receipt of benefits.

 

 

 

Capybara said:

I'm sorry; I think what I said was misleading. It is possible that the people I know who have obtained last minute tickets have had some form of disability which qualifies them for a reduction. I endorse the point about the long queues to collect tickets at the Coli as the ticket machines no longer appear to work.  

 

Unless ENB's policy has changed in the recent past, standby tickets are available to all people entitled to concessions - eg Over 60s, students, Equity card holders, the disabled., ES40 holders, ....etc

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I don't think the ticket machines are even there any more ...

Sadly not - I liked them and queried their disappearance but I was told there are no plans to replace them.   The National Theatre has used a very similar type for several years, successfully in my personal experience.   However, if you have your booking reference and card, I find the Box Office at both ENO and the ROH will issue your tickets at any convenient time so I usually manage to avoid the ticket collection queues.

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Hello all, my church choir is coming on tour to England in July  to sing the services at Canterbury Cathedral, St George's Windsor Castle, and Westminster Abbey. (please do come and hear us if your nearby).

I notice that our stay in Windsor coincides with ENB's summer run at the Coliseum (Song of a Wayfarer, Raymonda Act III, Petrushka), which I would really like to see. I think I can catch a train from Windsor to London after evensong that would get me there in time, but ... what if I miss my train?? So I'm not sure I want to commit to buying a ballet ticket. What do you think, if I come screeching in the doors of the Coliseum at 7:20 pm, will I be able to get a decent stalls seat then? I have no idea of how well ENB's mixed programs sell. Also, do you know if ticket availability would generally be better on Friday night or Saturday night?

Fortunately we'll be at Westminster Abbey the following week, so I can see Carlos Acosta in a more relaxed manner. and maybe the Bolshoi.

Meant to reply earlier to this, Katherine.

I don't know if you are aware that the train from Windsor to Waterloo takes at least an hour if it on time.  Quicker to get to London from Windsor via Slough.  You can hop in a taxi (rank immediately outside the castle) to Slough train station (should take less than 10 mins) and then get the express train from Slough to Paddington (takes 15-20 mins and runs every 15 mins).  Then it's straight down to Charing Cross on the Bakerloo line (10 mins) and a two minute walk to the Coliseum.  Alternatively, if it's not a performance I'm going to, I can collect you from Windsor and drop you at Slough train station.  Conrtact me here closer to the time!

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Meant to reply earlier to this, Katherine.

I don't know if you are aware that the train from Windsor to Waterloo takes at least an hour if it on time.  Quicker to get to London from Windsor via Slough.  You can hop in a taxi (rank immediately outside the castle) to Slough train station (should take less than 10 mins) and then get the express train from Slough to Paddington (takes 15-20 mins and runs every 15 mins).  Then it's straight down to Charing Cross on the Bakerloo line (10 mins) and a two minute walk to the Coliseum.  Alternatively, if it's not a performance I'm going to, I can collect you from Windsor and drop you at Slough train station.  Conrtact me here closer to the time!

 

Wow Irmgard, thanks so much, that is REALLY useful info!!

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