|The Royal Opera House. Photo: Peter Suranyi|
Upgraded by a late 1990's makeover (a rare moment in modern British history when our usually-bankrupt economy could afford to lavish public cash on the arts), this formerly shabby temple of culture has been transformed into an unabashedly magnificent display of talent and artistic excellence.
|And this is just the bar.|
Alice was incredibly good. I know virtually nothing about classical music or ballet, and have never enjoyed either much before. But this was different. It was - dare I say it - animated. Good character animation is all about telling a story without words, using mime and pantomime to convey the emotions of the characters. And so it is with ballet - the dance tells the story. Of course it helps if you know the story of Alice before you go in - but who doesn't know the story?
Friday night was the last night of Tony Hall, who was the artistic director of the ROH for 12 years. So there were lots of tributes and speeches on stage after the show.
Congratulations to him and his extraordinary team.