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momo

10-01-01, 12:09 PM (GMT)
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"Day seat tickets"
 
   I saw on ROH website that there are day seat tickets in the side stall circles.Do the ROH sell day seat tickets for all the performances of ballet?Do you know what sort of side stall circle tickets these are , for example if they are on the front row E category?


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  RE: Day seat tickets Fuzzyface 10-01-01 1
  RE: Day seat tickets alison 10-01-01 2
     RE: Day seat tickets Jim 10-01-01 3
         RE: Day seat tickets alison 11-01-01 4
             RE: Day seat tickets Jim 11-01-01 5
  RE: Day seat tickets Stuart Sweeney 11-01-01 6

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Fuzzyface

10-01-01, 12:16 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Day seat tickets"
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   Those seats are terrible for ballet. I don't recommend you get them.


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alison

10-01-01, 01:18 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Day seat tickets"
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   There are also day seats at the very back of the amphitheatre, which at least offer a full view, but since I've never sat in any of them I can't comment. Day seats (67, I think) are available for all normal performances, from when the box office opens in the morning.


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Jim

10-01-01, 05:04 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Day seat tickets"
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   >There are also day seats at the very back of the
>amphitheatre, which at least offer a full view, but since
>I've never sat in any of them I can't comment.

I so confirm: I have used them quite often. The back row is fine, you need a decent pair of opera glasses if you want to see the details (e.g. I needed them to work out that it was a skull that Irek was holding in Mayerling). But the view is fine, and there is one distinct advantage: you are never ever irritated by persons behind you fiddling about with packets of sweets!.
Being ultra-neurotic (especially if Sylvie is dancing) I get there by the crack of dawn and am usually the first in the queue, but any time before 9.00 should get a ticket (you can only buy one per person). I believe, however, that it is much more difficult for the popular operas, and you may have to queue all night like they do for the last Night of the Proms.


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alison

11-01-01, 12:57 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Day seat tickets"
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   Opera glasses? I think you now need binoculars, given that the day seats are further back than they used to be!

Technically, you *can* buy only one ticket per person, but I have known people, when the place isn't too busy, buy one, pop to the back of the queue, and go round again!


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Jim

11-01-01, 02:55 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Day seat tickets"
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   >Opera glasses? I think you now need binoculars

I was trying to be genteel. Personally I use my 45 x 210 ex-WW2 German tank binoculars perched on a monopod.


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Stuart Sweeney

11-01-01, 03:04 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Day seat tickets"
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   Everyone will form their own view about the side stalls sold on the day.

For:

- proximity to the stage
- above the level of orchestra stalls, so a better angle to the stage
- no possibility of being obscured by those in front of you
- relatively cheap - 16-26 from memory.

Against:

- if you don't get there early and you get the seats closest to the stage, then the angle and the area of the stage that you can't see gets worse quickly. The penultimate row C(?) is better than D(?) as the view in the latter is slightly obscured by the overhang and lights.

- they have padded bench seats and depend to some extent on your neighbour's consideration. i have occasionally asked people alongside me not to lean forward as they were obscuring my view.

Compared with the:

-stalls, where your view can be very obscured and many seats are too low in relation to the stage
-anywhere else in this poor theatre for dance, where you are too far from the stage in my view,

I rate these seats highly. I have a better experience there than I did from the full price stalls circle seat I bought recently. At the money they are definitely my favourites. At any price they come very close.

For most RB performances, arriving at 9am (box office open at 10) will ensure a good seat. Please don't tell too many people about these seats, otherwise we'll have to queue from 7am soon.


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