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Sir: I accompanied a group of children to the schools' matinee of The Nutcracker by the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden on 16 December. This performance was designed to attract a new, young audience. It was more likely to put children off.

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Nothing made an impact on dance lovers over the course of 1999 like the fact of the new Sadler's Wells - which is a bit tough on the four-fifths of the population who don't live within reach of it, but that's capital cities for you. No longer did major international companies give London a miss for want of a venue. They came thick and fast, many for the first time in decades, others making long-overdue debuts. Some of the best winged in from America, with Baryshnikov, San Francisco Ballet and the Mark Morris Dance Group bringing blasts of fresh air. A stunning week of Nederlands Dans Theater almost made up for having had to wait so long.

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Out front, everything at the Royal Opera looks lovely, but behind the scenes...

THE ROYAL Opera House hosted a gala reopening last night, hoping desperately to draw a line under the most troubled period in its history.
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