It’s official: Cinderella is sold-out!
If you’re lucky enough to have snagged a ticket to Christopher Wheeldon’s reimagining of this classic fairytale, we want your whole night to be magical — so we spoke to our resident ticketing guru Betsy and got her top tips for success…
1. The early worm catches the ballet
“Arrive early! The Opera House is a great place to people-watch, so arrive early enough to check out what everyone is wearing, to have dinner or a nibble and a cocktail, and just to generally soak up the excitement. Latecomers will be asked to stand in the back of the main floor or top balcony level for the First Act, so arrive early so you can enjoy the performance from your seat.”
2. Park smart
“If you are driving, arrive even earlier! The fun can’t start until the car is parked and parking can be scarce in the Civic Center. Consider the underground parking at Civic Plaza, but most importantly, arrive early enough to snag a parking space, so you can relax and enjoy your Opera House experience. Or take BART or Muni and leave the car at home.”
3. Make a meal of it
“The theater opens one hour prior to the performance, but did you know there is a full bar and restaurant in the lower level of the Opera House that opens two hours before each performance (except Saturday’s matinee, when it opens one hour in advance)? Pro tip: for early food and beverage service, go to the North Carriage entrance on the courtyard side of the building.
“Also, a specially-created Cinderella cocktail — The Glass Slipper — will be offered at a discount for 30 minutes one hour prior to curtain during the show’s run, so don’t miss out!”
4. Indulge in some retail therapy
“Did you know SF Ballet has a shop on the mezzanine level of the Opera House with unique jewelry, scarves, apparel and much more? Come early and leisurely shop for Mother’s Day or your BFF’s birthday… or yourself!”
5. Be wily at Will Call
“The Ballet Box Office in the Opera House opens at noon on weekdays and at 10am on Saturday and Sunday. If your tickets are being held at will call, consider picking up your tickets early and then going for food and drinks or a stroll through Hayes Valley shops. Will Call lines can be lengthy starting about 45 minutes before the performance.”
What’s your top tip for a great night at the ballet? Tell us in the comments!