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Eugene

12-10-99, 12:14 PM (GMT)
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"southampton nearly sold out"
 
   When booking tickets for ENB's amazing Triple Bill (one of the best triple bill programes - if not the best - in my view) the booking office informed me that that only 2 - 3 tickets are available. This is pretty good for a regional theatre on a week day. And it comes as no surprise - a lot of music fans who are skeptical of ballet would like see Rite of Spring - it is probably the most important work in any genre of the 20th century!

The most expensive part of the trip is the train ticket. At 19.50 it is about the same as the best seats. Lets hope the train driver does not miss any red lights leaving Waterloo!


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  RE: southampton nearly sold out Jim 12-10-99 1
     RE: southampton nearly sold out Eugene 12-10-99 2
         RE: southampton nearly sold out Jim 12-10-99 3
             RE: southampton nearly sold out p.s.stammers 12-10-99 4
                 RE: southampton nearly sold out Eugene Merrett 13-10-99 5
                     RE: southampton nearly sold out p.s.stammers 14-10-99 7
                 RE: southampton nearly sold out alison 14-10-99 6

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Jim

12-10-99, 12:33 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: southampton nearly sold out"
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>only 2 - 3 tickets are
>available. This is pretty good
>for a regional theatre on a
>week day.

Unless it's NBT, of course, which are routinely sold out


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Eugene

12-10-99, 04:31 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: southampton nearly sold out"
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   Sorry Jim, but I concede not one inch! Can the NBT sell out in large venues such Oxford Apollo and Southampton on a week day with a triple bill. I think not!


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Jim

12-10-99, 04:42 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: southampton nearly sold out"
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   Well, I've seen 'em at Nottingham Theatre Royal, Northampton Derngate, Sheffield Lyceum and Hull New Theatre, always on a weekday and unless I book well in advance I can't get my fave seats! And yes, triple bill last timne in Nottingham!


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p.s.stammers

12-10-99, 05:51 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: southampton nearly sold out"
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   The debate should be not if they can sell out a theatre, but why does the Arts Council prevent two ballet companies presenting at the same theatre in one year.
I know we need to spread ballet to a wide audiance but NBT are no longer touring in the West Mids, and either is ENB. My favourity company is BRB, but I want to see the full range of companies and my job keeps me in the West Mids.
I object to going to London to see companies from the North. Yes I should book to see ENB in London, but it has not been possible due to commitments recently.


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Eugene Merrett

13-10-99, 02:40 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: southampton nearly sold out"
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   I think they prevent two different ballet companies performing in the same season in the same year is to ensure an even spread of ballet through out the country. Sort of like the sandwiches we had at school - the jam was spread very thinly to cover all the bread!

But surely you have better access to the regional ballet companies because places like Sheffield, Nottingham, Manchester etc are pretty accessable by car from anywhere in the W.Midlands and the traffic on the road is nowhere near as bad.

I think that Bruce who lives in Windsor is the most ideally placed for ballet as he has good proximity to London and ease of access to the North. I on the other hand live in S. London and Kent (weekends). London acts as barrier - its hell trying to get out of London after work especially on the routes going to the North and West


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p.s.stammers

14-10-99, 01:51 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: southampton nearly sold out"
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   Fine if you have a car, and have the time. Unfortunately I do not drive and unless I go for afternoon performances on Saturdays when I have a lunch time commitment in Birmingham it is impossible. Most regional train services return to Birmingham at 2100 hours at the latest. I chose my house so that I can travel safely home as a single person late at night. Once in the West Midlands I have no problem, transport from Wolverhampton and Coventry is good.
Pauline


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alison

14-10-99, 12:52 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: southampton nearly sold out"
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   I quite agree that it's a ridiculous situation that ENB and NBT shouldn't be allowed anywhere near Birmingham in case they tread on BRB's toes. I'm all for ensuring that major cities get a fair spread of dance, but couldn't they rotate the companies every couple of years, so that BRB's audiences get a look at ENB and vice versa?


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