I was reading this article about trying to make the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden London more accessible and popular.
Which in turn leads to the whole question of whether any theatre is worth going to if you can only afford very cheap tickets.
I have been to the to the roh to see the Nutcracker Ballet and Swan Lake. On both occasions I have paid £8 per seat to sit in the slips. This means sitting on a bench and being unable to see a third of the stage but it is still very enjoyable. The dancers use the whole stage so they are not out of view for long. The roh itself is pretty magnificent inside and you still see the most beautiful ballet dancers. Lots of people take their children and sit in the slips. I think it depends when you go and what you expect for your money. I go around Christmas time with my daughter and friends and we love going into the roh and see it as part of Christmas time in London.
I have just bought tickets for this year to see The Nutcracker at roh for Saturday January 5th at 12.30 and once again I have paid £8 per ticket with no booking fee. We shall go and spend a few hours watching this pretty show and then wander around the sales and see the Christmas lights. (Link) http://www.roh.org.uk/events/
Photos from roh site.
The argument about the roh being elitist is just silly yes the best seats are expensive but they are in most theatres. You can get tickets to stand for most shows for £5. Yes I would like to be able to afford the best seats but it is the same with hotels and most other things. Many of us can`t afford to stay in the Savoy or such like when visiting London but maybe we can stay in a Travelodge if we book early and go midweek. We still see London.
I have been to many London theatre shows for £20 or less sometimes you are really lucky and get `upgraded` to stall seats. This happened to us recently at `Rock of Ages` and `The Sunshine Boys`. Sometimes your seats are indeed very high in huge theatres showing musicals like `Wicked` and `Shrek`. You still see the show and the stage effects are pretty special and very big so everyone can enjoy them. You may have to strain you neck a little to look over the balcony rail but really who cares when you are seeing such amazing shows for less than the price of a family outing to the cinema.
I have only had one show where it truly was impossible to see the show without a climbing rope to scale down the wall! That was `Cat on a Hot Tin Roof`. We moved in the interval to other empty seats but that is the only time in ten years I have been annoyed at the allocated seats.
My answer would be yes go to any show you like the sound of and don`t be afraid to go in cheap seats. I try to use other sites rather than lastminute.com though do go direct to the theatres own site first.
Travelodge link http://www.travelodge.co.uk/ and Timeout London http://www.timeout.com/london/
I am not sponsored by any of the above
this is just my own opinion and experience.
Saturday, 29 September 2012
Saturday, 22 September 2012
I have been on holiday this week in North Wales and visited
Bodnant Gardens which is 80 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland in Conwy North Wales
It is not just the lovely flowers and layout of the lawns as they lead you down to dells and yew trees that is magical. It is the Snowdonia mountains that you can see in the background that cast a spell over this special place. It is a real privilege to wander here.
I was making the most of a sunny afternoon and a National Trust Membership that I received as part of my working holiday at Erddig www.nationaltrust.org.uk/erddig earlier this year.
As my eldest son lives in North wales I do visit often but have never been to Bodnant before. I can`t imagine why as I have passed it often on my way to Betsw-y-Coed. Maybe I have been spoilt by so much beauty around me that I have missed this fantasy land.
I can`t do Bodnant Gardens justice with a camera it needs to be walked through to appreciate the work that has gone into creating it. The smell of flowers and water, the colours and the awesome size of some of the trees leaves a powerful impression. I want to go back each day and watch the trees change colour into their Autumn outfits, then again to watch the frost outline their branches against the sky.
Walk down quite a steep slope and you find this pretty waterfall and barns hidden amongst the trees.
There is a a tea room and some shops including tiny art shops and a pottery shop. A larger pavillion where you can get a large choice of dishes and an information centre. Bodnant Hall is not part of the National Trust and therefore is not accessable to visitors which seems a shame.
Mountains in the background of the top garden
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Saturday, 15 September 2012
Link for South Bank London www.southbanklondon.com
Link for Buckingham Palace Tours http://buckinghampalace.londonpass.com/
You could get a tour bus and see all the sights http://www.hoponhopoffplus.com/ or simply get a day tube ticket and go where you like.
I thought I would show you how different some of London's famous landmarks look when photographed in black and white. The buildings look more defined and I like the overall effect. Why don`t you try using black and white next time you are sightseeing or taking photos of the family.
I am looking forward to going on one of the many Ghost walks and taking photos in black and white. I am sure it will create a more spooky effect and with Halloween not far away that should be fun.
Would you dare enter this Gate. One side is London the other the darkest history of the city.
Friday, 14 September 2012
It is all about fashion in London this week so I thought I would show you some photos of 1980`s fashion. Just for fun.
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Saturday, 8 September 2012
I am such a child I want to balance across the fallen trees and jump in the few muddy puddles I have seen today. Dignity prevents such behaviour as I am alone with a camera someone might decide I have escaped from a carer or had to much sun.