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20-06-01, 11:15 AM (GMT)
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"London ballet performances"
   It may seems like a very stupid question, but how do you get hold of standby tickets for the ballet? I have moved near London fairly recently and I would love to see more ballet performances, but being a student haven't got the spondulicks, plus it is often difficult to know what I will be doing far enough in advance that tickets are still available. And I'm a hick from the sticks, so I don't know about these things ... so, can anyone tell me whether it is possible to get standby tickets for the ballet (such as Covent Garden) and how you get them, how much they cost and so on?

And while I'm on the subject of being a skinflint, I saw that there will be a live link up of Swan Lake to the piazza in Covent Garden at the end of July. Has anyone been to anything like this before, and is it worth the train ticket?!


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20-06-01, 12:39 PM (GMT)
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   Normally concessionary tickets are available up to 3-4 hours before curtain-up. The cost is 12 pounds at the Royal Opera House and 12.50 pounds at English National Opera.
Seeing a live relay in the piazza would be like seeing the performance from the telly, not quite impressive.

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20-06-01, 01:24 PM (GMT)
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Student standbys are also available at Sadler's Wells - can't remember the price for now. They aren't available, as far as I know, for ENB's current Romeo and Juliet at the Albert Hall, even despite the fact that it hasn't always been particularly full. It's difficult finding out about standbys in advance: the ROH used to have a standby information line that you could ring, but like a load of other good ideas that hasn't been heard of since they reopened, and trying to get through on the main box office number is now a real chore. I understand that for the Kirov the standbys have been going on sale very much at the last minute, so obviously it's a bit of a risk coming into town on spec.

As for the Piazza relay, I understand that it's the first time that a ballet will have been relayed, so it's a bit of an unknown quantity. Of course, the big screen *is* somewhat bigger than a TV(!), so it'll probably be better than watching on TV, although of course you won't be able to select where you look. The live opera broadcasts have generally gone down well, though. If you come up, remember that no portable seating of any description will be allowed (with the probable exception of cushions - I don't think they can really expect us to sit through 3 hours of Swan Lake on cobbles!).

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