Clement Crisp Remembers The Bolshoi Ballet’s First-Ever Visit To The West, 60 Years Ago In London

“Three days before booking opened, there was a queue for the box office that stretched down the street and, Topsy-like, kept on growing. … We settled down to wait for the opening night on October 3 – with wild hopes that requests for first-night tickets might be answered. Then came the affair of Nina and the hats.”