With the Russian economy stagnant, and its president so self-righteously obdurate, Russia should fear a return to Putin's reality once these games are over. Maybe, in the meantime, a Gay Pride rally during some more Olympic Tchaikovsky could show Putin and indeed Russia itself that there is a better world elsewhere.
Russia's culture minister has insisted composer Pytor Tchaikovsky was not gay. Vladimir Medinksy addressed the pressing issue
Think opera is solely for the upper echelons of society and still, even today, restricted by price and peerage? Well, to be fair, Grange Park Opera is about as blue-blooded and intoxicatingly glamorous as it gets, but that shouldn't stop anyone from going.
Matthew Bourne's haunting new scenario is a gothic tale for all ages; the traditional tale of good vs. evil and rebirth is turned upside-down, creating a supernatural love story, across the decades, that even the passage of time itself cannot hinder.
The Nutcracker, like Dickens, seems to embody Christmas. Showings of The Great Escape may be intermittent, but we can always