What is keeping English National Opera alive these days is the musicals that occupy the stage for a couple of months each year.
Musicals, however, are not opera. They attract a different crowd. Sometimes less decorous.
Where operagoers might sip discreetly from a water bottle, dabbing their mouth with a silk handkerchief, these uncouth hedonists fill their plastic bottles with gin or vodka and experience the kind of release that is definitely not included in their ticket price.
So ENO has now banned water bottles from all performances except opera.
That’ll stop ’em.
The day ENO does something right, we’ll let you know.