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, my husband's special tomato sauces and then tiramisu). 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.