This week I went to see Matthew Bourne’s Ballet, Nutcracker ballet, at our local Hippodrome. I went with Star and we had a lovely evening. It was my first night out in a very long time. Of course, you are not allowed to take photo’s of the performance, I did take a photo from my seat though.
My seat was actually my wheelchair. The theatre has special zones for wheelchair users which are really nice. They have their own little entrance and each time I have been there has never been more than four people in the area, including myself and my companion for the performance.
You can read my post about the actual ballet from the link above if you haven’t already. So I won’t talk about it here, except to say it will remain with me for a long time. I do love ballet and Matthew Bourne’s interpretations.
We are off to the Hippodrome again in a couple of weeks. My friend should be free from Covid then, I hope so because I bought the tickets especially for her. We are going to see Don Quixote and we have been promised fun, laughter and sunshine from the performance. It’s going to be great.
I managed to get front row tickets this time. They also have a little area at either side at the front with room to park one wheelchair and a chair for your companion.
Sometimes being in a wheelchair can be an advantage. It’s a bit scary though when they lead you to your seat and explain that if the fire alarm goes off we are to stay where we are and will be escorted to a fire proof room. I try not to imagine what it would be like to stuck in a fire proof room while the building burns down around me….ooops! I though about it.
We also had issues leaving the show. Being on the lower floor the exits have to by lifts (hence the fire proof room because you can’t use lifts in a fire.) When we left the ballet both lifts were out of order. We had to leave by going back stage and using the staff lift. A couple of elderly people, who were not in wheelchairs but using walking sticks, decided to attempt the stairs instead. It would have been a very long walk for them. We didn’t actually see anything exciting backstage.
Do you like ballet or going to the theatre?