Basheva, I respect your view on the elegant old theatres with bags of charm. However, for me, it's the utilitarian aspects, sightlines and the stage, first, second, third and fourth. If this can be combined with a beautiful theatre then so much the better.
-The new Sadler's Wells has none of the charm of the old and I miss that. But the stage is twice the size and the theatre is now in demand from companies who would never have gone there previously and the sightlines excellent.
-The refurbished and beautiful ROH remains one of the worst theatres for dance in the country, with no seats for those of us who like to look down on the stage from not too far away. The rake on the stalls has been improved, so your view of the stage may now only be restricted rather than zero from a £65 seat.
-I enjoy seeing dance at The Peacock, a black box with good sightlines and an adequate stage.
-The new Lowry is in general the best I have seen, with the caveat that I am told that from the front of the stalls you cannot see the dancers' feet. Fortunately for me this is not an area in which I would ever sit. Although brand new the auditorium has bags of simple elegance. On the second page of the POB 'Bayadere' topic below, I give a detailed description of the Lowry: http://forum.criticaldance.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=4&t=000146-2
- The circa 1900 Coliseum is soon to have a clean-up and refurbishment. This is perhaps the London theatre which best meets your requirements and mine, Basheva. A lovely theatre with art nouveaux influences and great sightlines from most seats.
[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited November 01, 2000).]
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