In 1956, when the Bolshoi Ballet was making its first visit to London, some of the dancers were arrested for shop-lifting in Marks and Spencer. In order to prevent any embarrassing publicity, and as a clever public relations exercise, Marks and Spencer arranged for the company to shop in their store, more or less for free, accompanied by a member of staff. Hans Schneider was one of the members of staff assigned to do this. Schneider also arranged for some of the dancers to have their photographs taken by professional photographers in London. As a result, Schneider subsequently established close friendships with several of the dancers, especially Maris Liepa. To judge from the photographs below, a similar invitation to Marks and Spencer was issued to members of the Bolshoi when they returned to London in 1963.