in Royal Festival Hall - the 1950's

from Southbank Centre Archive:

As a child, the Festival Hall meant visits with my grandmother to Festival Ballet's Nutcracker, at Christmas. Fifteen years later I was back, this time on the other side of the curtain. I worked as a dresser for Nutcracker, whilst struggling to set up my first company, Strider.  Working with Festival Ballet felt like being part of a large friendly travelling circus- everybody mucked in to get the show on, clambering up and down the tiers for choral singers. Just to get on and off stage was a real effort! Beryl Grey was the …   more >>

cite as

Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 21 February, 2024 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall

Listening to

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Ballet Suite, The Nutcracker, Op. 71a
written by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1950's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Liz Ford on Thu, 10 Dec 2015 10:35:08 +0000
Approved on Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:25:08 +0000