Dancing with the animals!

GTO’s Carrie Drage and Olga Pope at London Zoo.

GTO’s Carrie Drage and Olga Pope at London Zoo.

GTO had two great nights out in London last month. The first was the opening night of ‘Strictly Gershwin’ at the Royal Opera House, presented by Raymond Gubbay and the English National Ballet, which I went along to with my deputy, Carrie. The show is choreographed to the music of George and Ira Gershwin, and uses a variation of dance styles, from jazz to ballroom, and ballet to tap. Guest singer, Maria Friedman, and tap duo, Douglas Mills and Paul Robinson, were particular highlights, with both receiving rapturous applause. ‘Strictly Gershwin’ goes on tour in the autumn, and you can read more about it in the ‘Theatre and Music’ section listed under ‘News and Entertainment’. We also have an interview with choreographer, Derek Deane, who talks about his experiences with the show in the ‘An interview with…’ section. Follow the links above for both.
We were also invited to experience one of the annual Zoo Lates, a series of adult-only events that take place at London Zoo every Friday evening in June and July to take full advantage of the warm summer evenings. We had a great time watching the behaviour of the lions and gorillas, and also visited the new £2 million Penguin Beach opened in May. As many adults will agree, a visit to the zoo can sometimes be quite stressful with young children often getting in the way. So Zoo Lates are the perfect remedy to this. In spite of the less than summery downpour (!), our VIP tickets ensured we were given the best possible treatment, with free cocktails and professional hair and make-up more than making up for the lack of sunshine! With everything you would expect from a normal day out at the zoo, plus the added benefit of twisted cabaret (a flamboyant variety show) and a silent disco (with music played through headphones so as not to scare the animals!), there’s plenty to keep a group entertained!