P252 CEEFAX 252 Tue 22 Jul 21:01/02   2/3       by AUDREY ADAMS   A visit to the Bolshoi is an essential feature of a visit to Moscow - even for those who are not opera or ballet lovers. Most of the audience sit in one of the six tiers of sumptuously-decoratfd boxfs rising up on either side of the stage. Lenin is pictured prominently - as he is everywhere in Moscow - over the st—ff. Once the performance has started, nearly everyone gets up from their seats and leans over their neighbour to get a bettdr view.
P252 CEEFAX 252 Tue 22 Jul 21:20/00   3/3       BY AUDREY ADAMS   During the interval at the Bolshoi, champagne is on sale to those with enough patience to queue up for it. M life, whfthdr out shopping or waiting for service in restaurants and bars. We saw Chaika ("The Seagull"), a modern work based on the Chekov play. The ballet itself was pondfrous, but the staging and effects quite magnificent. Aftfr the final curtain, the company were treatfd to several encores and bouquets rained down from the boxfs until the forestage was littered with flowers.
P252 CEEFAX 252 Tue 22 Jul 21:02/45  1/3                         BYAUDREYADAMS  