Castor and Pollux - English National Opera, 19 November 2011
There was commotion and controversy at the Coliseum on Saturday night even before the show began. The automatic ticket collection machines weren't working (something to do with the new booking system, apparently) and with half the tickets offloaded at bargain prices just days before, loads of people needed to pick them up. So the queue snaked from the box office to the far stairs, and back again, and then again, and finally, when the foyer could fit no more, out of the front door. We queued for 15 minutes; others, I suspect, even longer. They were still letting people into the auditorium when the show finally began, 15 minutes late.
If you're visiting ENO in the next few days, count this as a warning.
So was it worth the hassle?