11 Jan 2016

A visit to the ballet


Hello everyone!  I hope you had a good weekend. It was a quiet one for us as some of the time I was busy sorting out photos and reading whilst Mr. P disappeared into the covered yard to make a start on his gardening projects for the year.
It was cold and windy when we ventured into the city and theatre land on Thursday evening to see the ballet at the Lyceum Theatre. Before going out we had an Epiphany meal, which is a tradition in our home, (fresh tortellini, Mr. P.'s special tomato sauces and then tiramisu).  Our granddaughter was dropped off after a driving lesson at our home, then our daughter arrived from work.  Our grandson had football training so arrived later to eat and stayed in with my husband.  Thankfully the performance was a late one and as I had booked the tickets a month or two in advance I had been able to get seats in the middle of the lower stalls with a good view of the stage.  As the audience took their seats it was evident that there was a full house for such a special tour of the St. Petersburg Classic Ballet Company. Of course photographs could not be taken during the performance, but our granddaughter took one of the company at the final curtain call.




The Lyceum is a beautiful theatre with an Edwardian auditorium.  There was a theatre on the site in the 19th century, but it was not until 1990 that the building was refurbished and reopened as a new theatre venue. It now attracts many national and international companies.

some of the official photos - dress rehearsal

Our daughters started ballet lessons at a young age and continued into their teens when other school studies took up more of their time. Above are some photos of the opera, Rimsky-Korsakov's 'The Snow Maiden' put on by Reading University Operatic Society.  A local ballet school took part as birds, flowers and tumblers.  It was a magical occasion and a good experience and there were many other opportunities to take part in similar productions.  Music and dance lessons filled our life after school for many years and our daughters still enjoy these interests.


On Friday I was back in town and took some more photos of Tudor Square at dusk.  There are three theatres in the square, the Lyceum, the Crucible and the Library Theatre. It's an area of the city centre I go to often as the Central Library, the Graves Gallery and the entrance to the Winter Gardens and the Millennium Art Gallery are in and near the same square.








I hope your week is going well and I'll speak to you soon,
Linda :)

31 comments:

  1. Happy New Year Linda! Sheffield has changed so much I would probably not recognise much of it any more, but good changes it seems and lots more culture. What a wonderful experience!

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    1. Thank you Marianne for your good wishes. Yes, there are a variety of cultural venues in Sheffield that would be of interest to many people.

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  2. Seeing the Nutcracker ballet was something that we used to do every Christmas, we preferred the ballet to a pantomine.
    My eldest granddaughter did ballet until her teenage years but had to drop it so that she could concentrate on her GCSEs

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    1. Theatre going can be so expensive for a family these days, but worth it for a treat as the children will always remember these special occasions. Our elder daughter got to a stage in her ballet training where she was able to go up to London and take an exam at the Royal Ballet School and the younger enjoyed character and modern ballet. Then they had to concentrate on academic studies.

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  3. The Nutcracker is such a lovely ballet to see at this time of year. I'm glad you had a wonderful time and your meal before the performance sounds wonderful too. I've been to performances at both the Lyceum and the Crucible but not for a long time, I used to love visiting the Graves Art Gallery to look at one of my favourite paintings by Gwen John, I wonder if it is still there?:)

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    1. We're fortunate to have these theatres in the centre of Sheffield. A visit to the Graves Art Gallery is overdue. I must get the 2016 programme as there are usually guided talks on during the day. I shall look out for the painting you've mentioned.

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  4. Sounds like you had a lovely time, I love the theatre but have no-one close by who shares my love so I just don't go so really enjoyed sharing your visit.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed this post about the theatre outing. There's something special about seeing a live performance of a play, a musical or a ballet although with the price of tickets even with concessions we can't go often.

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  5. the square and the theater are both beautiful. it is good you got the good seats.

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    1. It's an attractive area of the city. I got the tickets weeks ago and was able to choose the seats I wanted. I don't like being in the higher levels of a theatre and we were happy with where we sat.

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  6. So glad that you enjoyed it so much! A real treat! Your Epiphany meal sounds wonderful too. xx

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    1. Yes, it was a lovely evening and it was good that we could eat together as a family beforehand.

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  7. The theatre is beautiful! I love watching Ballet! I was teaching my children in year 6 about Petruska by Stravinsky today and we were creating our own version of the music- I hope to watch a video of the ballet with them!x

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    1. Introducing music to children and young people is rewarding. I'm sure watching the video will help your year 6 appreciate the story, music and dance before creating their own version, Kezzie.

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  8. Dear Linda,

    How wonderful for you and your family to go out and enjoy the ballet and loved seeing your photos. The Nutcracker and Swan Lake were ballets that I used to enjoy going to see. Your meal sounds good that you had before going out and a nice tradition.
    The Lyceum Theatre looks like a wonderful old building.
    Happy week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Thank you Carolyn. Wishing you well :)

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  9. Hello, Linda, I enjoyed hearing about your wonderful Epiphany meal and trip to the ballet. I was fortunate to attend The Nutcracker this year in Seattle with my daughter. It's wonderful that you have so many theaters to choose from and the experience of nurturing your daughters in the art of ballet. Hope you have a lovely week - thank you for stopping by! xo Karen

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    1. Hello Karen. The Nutcracker is a popular ballet and I'm sure you and your daughter enjoyed the performance. We also enjoyed the Hungarian Sinfonietta Orchestra playing the beautiful music. I hope the rest of your week goes well whatever you're doing.

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  10. Hello, Linda! What a lovely post!
    I hope you are the Linda P. that joined my blog recently. (Thank you!) I didn't find your blog through your profile on GFC, but fortunately a found a Linda P. on Amy's Five on Friday. :)
    Ci vediamo! Ciao!

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    1. Hello Sara, yes that was me! I think I might be difficult to find through my profile. I'll drop by your blog right now just in case you don't read comment follow-ups. Ci vediamo! Linda :)

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  11. It sounds like it was a wonderful production. We go to the theatre quite regularly but it's years since I've seen a ballet, I've been saying I must go again for quite some time though.

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    1. We enjoy musicals and dance shows. I always appreciate classical ballet imagining how demanding the life of a dancer must be.



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  12. Hi There, Happy Epiphany to you... Nice to hear what your traditional meal is... We don't have a traditional meal for Epiphany --but maybe we should start one. We always celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas between Christmas and Epiphany.. Most people in our country do NOT....

    The Ballet production and theatre look fabulous. So glad you got to attend.....

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Hello Betsy. It's good to hear from you. I don't think there is a traditional meal for Epiphany. I served the pasta dish and dessert that the grandchildren enjoy most. In Italy Epiphany is not only marked in the church calendar, but it's also special to Italian children. La Befana (an old woman rather like Father Christmas) comes in the night and leaves the children small gifts or sweets.

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  13. How lovely Linda, your traditional meal...I would have enjoyed that too, and what fun to enjoy the ballet in such a beautiful setting. I am a huge fan of ballet and ballroom dancing....as a child I dreamt of being a dancer, sadly I have two left feet. Good to hear you have enjoyed having your family around.xxx

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    1. Hello Dina. Somehow I missed your visit and comment so thanks for stopping by. I think we all have 'a dancer' or 'singer' in us and I can imagine you have a twirl around the living room when you're in the mood with the dogs joining in! Hope you're all well.

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  14. It's many years since I last went to the theatre to see a ballet, Linda, and your post brought back a lot of happy memories of performances I enjoyed in the past, including seeing Margot Fonteyn in Swan Lake when I was a student in the mid-60s. It must be good to live somewhere with so many cultural opportunities close at hand.

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    1. Sheffield is indeed a good place for cultural events producing writers, musicians, actors and encouraging new talent. You were fortunate to see Margot Fonteyn in Swan Lake. I went often with my parents up to London theatres or took trips to the RSC with my school and saw actors, musicians who are now famous.

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  15. How fortunate to have the three theaters so close. And the ballet sounds wonderful - and in such a fantastic setting!

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    1. It's good to have theatres in the heart of the city. These venues bring regeneration into a place as well as culture and entertainment.

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