But, truth to tell, when I was there I used to get bored with the goings on on stage and often closed my eyes for long periods of time, better to focus on the sounds.
That was until we started to go to see Birmingham Royal Ballet at the Hippodrome in Brum.
First there was their delightful and delicious Nutcracker. Charming Coppélia. Then their extraordinary, powerful Romeo and Juliet.
And at the weekend we went to a truly moving Cinderella.
Brilliant dancing, led by the superb Cinders of Australian Ballet School-trained Elisha Willis and Iain Mackay’s Prince. Wonderful choreography (and story-telling) from the company’s director, David Bintley. Dazzling design and lighting from John MacFarlane and David Finn.
And, of course, great music from the genius of Prokofiev.
Eyes wide open.