Friday, December 24, 2010

Boots and ballet pumps – 18 December 2010

10 to 20cm of snow was forecast to arrive today in the Greater London area. We had a behind-the-scenes tour of the Coliseum booked at 11.30am, so made sure we arrived early just in case the transport system broke down.

The snow was very slight as we started the tour, but by the time it finished an hour later, there was nearly 10cm settled on the ground. The tour was really interesting, as we have attended many performances at the Coliseum over the years. We learnt the interesting history of the building, constructed in 1904 and the story behind unique features of the original style of entertainment. The aim was to bring ancient Rome to London, so the shape of the theatre and the lavish decorations reflect that.

After the tour, we enjoyed walking around central London as it continued snowing. The normal Christmas crowds were not in evidence, so there was plenty of fresh, clean snow.
The novelty had not worn off when we headed back to the Coliseum for the matinee show, but it was good to head into the warmth. We've never considered boots to be suitable footwear for the theatre before, but were very glad we had been sensible and, not surprisingly, many people seemed to be there in walking shoes.
But onstage, it was all ballet pumps, and the fun of the Nutcracker. We had seen a modern interpretation previously at the Coliseum, but this year's production of the Nutcracker took a more traditional approach; both versions were very enjoyable.

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