Ballets by Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton and Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett share the stage in this mixed programme with music by Messager and Poulenc.
Sheer romantic charm sums up Ashton's version of The Two Pigeons (1961). It has Messager's ever-tuneful score alongside a touching love story of a brief flirtation that threatens a young couple's relationship. The imagery of birds is wittily part of the choreography that contrasts bohemian Paris with the darker passions of a gypsy camp. Liam Scarlett's Asphodel Meadows was enthusiastically acclaimed at its premiere in 2010. Set to music by another French composer, Poulenc, it shows how the line and lyricism of Ashton continue into the contemporary Royal Ballet repertory and defining style.
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A lay-by allows vehicles to pull off Bow Street immediately outside the Paul Hamlyn Hall to drop off disabled passengers. The disabled parking bays on the opposite side of Bow Street and in Floral Street cater for the whole Covent Garden area, not just the Royal Opera House.
The Box Office, Royal Opera House Shop, Information Desk and Cloakroom are situated at the entrance level below the Paul Hamlyn Hall. Counter heights at the Box Office, in the bars and at some public telephone points are designed to be accessible for wheelchair users. One Box Office sales position, the Information Desk and bars have induction loops to assist customers with impaired hearing. Menus are available in large print. The Bow Street/Piazza Link Coffee Shop is also accessible to wheelchair users.
Guide dogs are welcome in the auditoria or can be looked after at the foyer cloakroom by front-of-house staff.