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While the English National Opera quietly continues to try and
demolish the elitist stereotypes of opera , the Royal Opera
House continues to grab the headlines. After a long, costly and
painful period of rebuilding and refurbishment, the ROH finally
reopened at the end of 1999. Embarrassing technical hitches
meant that part of the initial programme of events had to be
cancelled, and ticket prices are still far too high, but the new
Floral Hall development has generally been well-received.
The more modest economics of dance mean that you'll often
find ambitious work on offer, with several adventurous
companies appearing sporadically, while fans of classicism can
revel in the Royal Ballet - as accomplished a company as any in
Theatre, Comedy and Cinema
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London has enjoyed a reputation for quality theatre since the
time of Shakespeare, and despite the continuing prevalence of
fail-safe blockbuster musicals and revenue-spinning star
vehicles, the city still provides a platform for innovation. The
comedy scene in London goes from strength to strength, so
much so that the capital now boasts more comedy venues than
any other city in the world, while comedians who have made the
transition to television also stage shows in major theatres.
Cinema is rather less healthy, for London's repertory film
theatres are a dying breed, edged out by the multiscreen
complexes which show mainstream Hollywood fare some
months behind America. There are a few excellent independent
cinemas, though, including the National Film Theatre, which is
the focus of the richly varied London Film Festival in
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Current details of what's on in all these areas can be found in a
number of publications, the most comprehensive being the
weekly Time Out. The Guardian 's "The Guide" section (free with
the paper on Saturdays) and Friday's Evening Standard are
other good sources.