Friday 27 October 2006


We're off to see Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet tonight, performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet, at Sadler's Wells. The main reason for going is to see a performance not designed by Nicholas Giordiadis, who designed the main production used by the Royal Ballet. I first saw this when I was in my teens; it was my first full length ballet at Covent Garden - with Natalia Makarova and David Blair, from the period when every performance seemed to have the young Waynes (Sleep and Eagling) in it.

Tomorrow we are finally going to catch up with the new ENO Jenufa. I'm honestly not sure about the new Alden production but can't wait to see Amanda Roocroft in the title role. I first saw the opera, in Scotland in the late 70's with Josephine Barstow and Pauline Tinsley (as Kostelnicka, a truly scary portrayal), in the David Pountney production complete with water wheel.

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