Hello from Plymouth and the final week of the autumn tour. We’ve had a great tour, starting with a great week in Sunderland (no flooding this time!) – Romeo looked and sounded wonderful at the Empire and was very warmly received by large audiences. Sunderland was followed by Sadler’s Wells and the Company really grasped the opportunity to show the London audience just what we can do with a week of fantastic performances. We played to a week of great houses and spectacular audience responses – especially for Pointes of View!

Although Sadler’s Wells saw a week of great performances, it was also tinged with sadness as the end of the week saw Viktoria Walton’s final performance with the Company. Her departure prompted a slightly unusual end to Saturday night’s performance of Slaughter; at the end of the curtain call, two of the Policemen headed straight for Vika to make an impromptu ‘arrest’ (complete with handcuffs!), dragging her to the front of the stage where Alexander Campbell (the Hoofer) presented her with flowers! Vika will be much missed but everyone is delighted that she’s going to get to spend more time being a mum and we wish her all the best for her new career! ‘Inntit!’

Playing the triple bill at the end of the week meant that the Sadler’s Wells get-out finished in record time (much to the delight of the technical staff!) and Monday saw the start of our final week of the tour; in Plymouth. So far we’ve had fantastic weather – it’s chilly but the wonderful sunshine has meant lots of bright, crisp days. Performances of the triple bill went really well (including some great debuts) and this evening sees the first of four sold-out performances of Romeo.

We’re taking our ‘touring company’ status to a whole new level over the next few days; whilst the bulk of the Company are dancing Romeo in Plymouth, Iain and Elisha are in Tokyo guesting in The Firebird at the New National Theatre whilst Nao, Chi, Bob, Natasha and César are in Salford dancing tonight with the Royal Ballet at a performance to mark the opening of a major new exhibition at the Lowry, charting the history of the Royal Ballet companies. That really is ‘touring’!

On Sunday it’s back to Birmingham and on Monday it’ll be straight back into the swing of things with only just over four weeks until the world premiere of our new production of Cinderella. There’s already a tremendous buzz in Birmingham about this new show, and that seems to be spreading fast around the country – it’s been a hot topic of excited conversation amongst audiences throughout the tour!