What to do when somebody steals your opera champagne?

From a Slipped Disc reader:

While I was buying drinks at the bar in the first interval of Götterdämmerung yesterday at Covent Garden, two distressed audience members came up to complain. They had pre-ordered champagne and sandwiches before start-up, but when they reached the appointed place the goodies had been nicked

The bar staff didn’t appear at all surprised and gave them replacements. Was this a Nibelung raid, or do ROH patrons paying £250 or so a seat not scruple at scoffing other peoples’ nosh?

Any more first world problems?

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  • I’m not sure this is what really happens. I’ve had trouble with ordering drinks at the ROH and my own view is that dodgy bar staff do not actually put the drinks out in the first place. As a regular member of the audience I’ve noticed there is a huge turnover in bar staff at the ROH. There are bound to be miscreants and scammers. I have ceased to pre order my drinks and just buy them at the interval.

  • We seem to be the only country that does this. We’ve tried ordering interval drinks in Spain and France and been met with bemusement.

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