Is the Royal Ballet failing young British talent? Over the weekend, former ballerina Bryony Brind expressed her shock that the company now has just one British woman and two British men among its 21 principals.
As Liam Scarlett premieres his first full-length narrative ballet, it's clear he has some very nasty things in the woodshed of his imagination.
It was set to be the ballerina face-off of the season: Alina Cojocaru's fierce, saintly Nikiya pitched against Marianela Núñez's wickedly entitled Gamzatti.
When Carlos Acosta and Tamara Rojo run onto the stage of the O2 arena in June next year, the Royal Ballet's greatest stars will be following in the footsteps of Gary Barlow, Roger Federer and, last week, Arcade Fire's Régine Chassagne.