EXIT POLL: Magic at the Royal Ballet
Sunday 26 December 1999
Excellent. It's always very elaborate to stage and they have made a marvellous job of it. The Victorian scenery and costumes are lovely and Peter Wright has refreshed the production and added a few nice touches here and there: there's more magic and tricks and more for Clara to do.
It was a wonderful evening. The new building is stunning. I had to queue for about four hours to get tickets, but it was worth it. And there were so many children thoroughly enjoying themselves. It's just a shame the tickets are still so expensive. It's too elitist.
The orchestra sounded like it was in mono but there were very high production values. It's certainly a crowd pleaser and I can understand why they put it on because everyone is going to go away saying the money was well spent. But I think it was, the building's great.
They've a proper older person playing Clara rather than the 14-year-olds they usually have so she's doing more dancing this time which is good. And the props and the scenery are really impressive - they've got so many scene changes it feels like you're watching a film with lots of special effects.
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