After enthusiastic, feet-stamping applause marked the first night of the Leningrad State Kirov Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, members of the 1089-strong company were soon planning a programme of pleasure as well as work.
GV Royal Ballet School.
CU Sign outside.
LV (Interior) Male Russian limber up
SV Ballet members dancing.
TV Members dance with children of Royal Ballet School.
SV Pan...Ballet members into coach.
SV Members seated in coach.
Travel shot...Through street.
SV Pan...Ballet members in coach.
Travel shot... Past Eros in Piccadilly
SCU Ballet members watch.
Travel shot... Passing Column in Trafalgar Square.
SV Members out of coach.
GV Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
CU Poster outside.
SV Pan... Members look at poster
SV Members walk along 'The Strand'
SV Pan up... Pigeons surround Ballet members in Trafalgar Square.
CU Male Ballet member with pigeon on hand.
SV Pan...From stone lion pan to Ballet members.
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Background: After enthusiastic, feet-stamping applause marked the first night of the Leningrad State Kirov Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, members of the 1089-strong company were soon planning a programme of pleasure as well as work.
At the Royal Ballet School on June 20th dancers limbered up in readiness for the company's second night of the three-week season,and joined young members of the School in some of their exercises.....
A coach awaited the dancers as they left the school and they were driven past two of London's most famous land market - Piccadilly Circus, with its statue of Eros, and Trafalgar Square, dominated by Nelson's Column. Arriving at the Royal Opera House the dancers discussed the many posters outside the famous building announcing the company's programme.
Soon a group of the dancers became tourists, and leaving their hotel in the Strand, made for Trafalgar Square to feed some of the hundreds of pigeons that welcome all visitors to London, especially those with outstretched hands.
Highlights of the company's opening night was a party at the Opera House attended by 200 guests. Princess Margaret, who is expecting a baby in the Autumn, attended with her husband, Mr. Antony Armstrong-Jones. The Royal couple stayed for two hours and the Princess talked to leading members of the company with the Soviet Embassy Charge d'Affairs, Mr. Vitalij Leginov, acting as interpreter.