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Bruce Madmin

28-11-00, 05:28 PM (GMT)
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"The next Mini-poll"
 
   This weeks Mini-poll is very parochial - but at least its a change!

Pauline Stammers suggested one on theatres and I agree with a suggestion from Lynette that including the London ones would make it too big/slanted.

So the next Mini-poll will be...
"What's the best UK dance venue outside London"

We need a list of the best possible answers/theatres for folks to choose from. The maximum sensible number of options is 10 of which one needs to be 'other' (and I always get stick when I forget to include it!). So we need the 9 best theatres in the land, that are not in London, and show dance.

Pauline originally suggested a list...

Bradford Alhambra
Leeds Grand
Salford Lowry
Southampton Mayflower
Manchester Palace
&
Birmingham Hippodrome. However the Hippodrome is no more and nobody knows how good the new one will be so... I think we should leave that out. I've also pruned (provisionally I suppose) the Birmingham Rep Theatre - it was only pressed into doing dance in extremis it seems to me.

some others I would propose:

Wycombe Swan
Woking New Victoria

other suggestions please...


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: The next Mini-poll Ann Welsh 28-11-00 1
     RE: The next Mini-poll NO7 28-11-00 2
  RE: The next Mini-poll Jim 28-11-00 3
  RE: The next Mini-poll Caz 29-11-00 4
     RE: The next Mini-poll Bruce Madmin 29-11-00 5
         RE: The next Mini-poll Carly Gillies 29-11-00 6
             RE: The next Mini-poll Carly Gillies 29-11-00 7
                 RE: The next Mini-poll p.s.stammers 29-11-00 8
             RE: The next Mini-poll Jim 29-11-00 9
             RE: The next Mini-poll Caz 29-11-00 11
  RE: The next Mini-poll alison 29-11-00 10

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Ann Welsh

28-11-00, 06:27 PM (GMT)
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   Edinburgh Festival Theatre
Glasgow Theatre Royal


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NO7

28-11-00, 07:42 PM (GMT)
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   North Wales Theatre


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Jim

28-11-00, 10:17 PM (GMT)
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   Theatre Royal, Nottingham - a superb little threatre with real atmosphere, excellent sight lines and first rate acoustics. My favourite.


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Caz

29-11-00, 02:14 AM (GMT)
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   Derngate, Northampton
Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Winter Gardens, Malvern
Hall for Cornwall, Truro (the best sightlines ever!)

And I agree with Jim about the Theatre Royal, Nottingham


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Bruce Madmin

29-11-00, 07:19 AM (GMT)
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>Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Only ever been there once - but it was to see Sylvie for the first time! A yong Bussell was on stage as well. Don't remember much about the theatre though!


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Carly Gillies

29-11-00, 09:08 AM (GMT)
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Sheffield Lyceum Theatre would score highly having a big stage, good sight lines and good atmosphere - it manages to be smart and cosy at the same time. It sits on a traffic free square so great to wander outside during summer intervals. And good pubs in immediate vicinity.
However I think Edinburgh Festival Theatre would still get my vote above either it or Glasgow Theatre Royal, because of its great Foyer space - lovely place to spend time before and after a performance, as well as comfy seats, good sight lines etc.


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Carly Gillies

29-11-00, 09:13 AM (GMT)
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   Should have mentioned - Edinburgh FT also has plenty of bar space, friendly staff and enough toilets - all essential criteria !


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p.s.stammers

29-11-00, 10:28 AM (GMT)
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   Birmingham Hippodrome will have the same stage and sight lines. The Birmingham Rep is an established theatre for modern ballet. Rambert always used it on its visits to Birmingham when the Arts Council lets it come/


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Jim

29-11-00, 11:16 AM (GMT)
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>Sheffield Lyceum Theatre would score highly

Yes, I would agree with that!

>It sits on a traffic free square
>so great to wander outside
>during summer intervals. And
>good pubs in immediate vicinity.

Not to mention the Snooker at the Crucible Theatre opposite


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Caz

29-11-00, 01:56 PM (GMT)
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   I left the Sheffield Lyceum off my list due to the cramped seats and restricted visibility in the dress circle - plus having the stage lighting shining in my eyes. S'pose it depends where you're sitting though.

Plymouth Theatre Royal is a great place, though I've seen far less ballet there than I have plays and other events. I've been going there since it was built and I'd say it's definitely one of my faves, to say nothing of good parking and being well inside the city so easy access to everywhere else. And the food is yummy!


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alison

29-11-00, 01:10 PM (GMT)
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   Of course, they also need to be known to enough people to justify including them, which may rule out some of the smaller venues. Are we looking at this purely from the spectator's point of view or from a more practical p.o.v.?

And perhaps we should reverse it and have a "worst venue" poll as well? I'd vote for the Corn Exchange in Cambridge . But seriously, did we ever get around to doing a "Ballet you'd most like to see revived" poll? If not, I'd like to suggest that for the future.


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