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Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Music: Sergei Prokofiev Designer: Lez Brotherston Lighting Design: Neil Austin Sound Design: Paul Groothuis Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Following on from the critically-acclaimed new work, The Red Shoes, Matthew Bourne's New Adventures delve deep into the back catalogue to 1997 to revive their much-loved production of Cinderella. Re-set to World War 2, Cinderella and her shell-shocked, ...

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Northern Ballet: Jane Eyre – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Cathy Marston Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 novel Jane Eyre is a game-changing work of literature, introducing character-based internalisation of the action previously largely the domain of poetry, and creating faction that explored social realism and critique, sexuality, religion and proto-feminism. It was a novel that redefined the possibilities of fiction in a way that makes it still relevant ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – The Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Music: Sergei Prokofiev Reviewer: Dominic Corr At the heart of any fairy-tale, is love. It’s the basis of almost all narratives, communicated in a plethora of ways, through spoken word, music but most primal through dance. The Grimm brother's Cinderella is perhaps the crowning pinnacle of the folklore world. Multiple in its variations, adaptations and ...

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Xenos  – Sadler’s Wells, London

Performer and Choreographer: Akram Khan Reviewer: Richard Maguire It’s rare that dancers become household names, but Akram Khan is familiar to many, especially since his appearance at the London Olympic opening ceremony in 2012. He’s collaborated with a wide range of artists over the years:  among them, actor Juliette Binoche, writer Hanif Kureishi and even singer Kylie Minogue. At the ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Director and Choreography: Matthew Bourne Composer: Sergei Prokofiev Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Imagine two things which you wouldn't dream of combining in a million years. Fairy Tale Fluff and World War Two Drama are likely on the list. But somehow Matthew Bourne has done it, and through the medium of ballet to boot. Cinderella is both exactly what you expect – ...

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My First Ballet: Swan Lake – The Opera House, Manchester,

Choreography: Antonio Castilla after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Reviewer: Richard Hall Since 2012, the English National Ballet School and English National Ballet have toured versions of some of the most famous ballets in the repertoire that have been specially adapted for young audiences. The My First Ballet series places the emphasis firmly on fun and accessibility ...

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Jane Eyre – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Charlotte Brontë Choreographer: Cathy Marston  Reviewer: Barbara Michaels For those of us familiar with one of literature’s most well-known heroines, it is not difficult to comprehend why the rightly praised Northern Ballet Company have transformed Charlotte Brontë’s novel into a ballet. While Brontë may have baulked at some of choreographer Cathy Marston’s more erotic interpretations, it has to be ...

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Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre – New Theatre, Cardiff

Choreographer: Cathy Marston Composer: Philip Feeney Designer: Patrick Kinmouth Lighting Designer: Alastair West Reviewer: Leah Tozer Balancing Brontë and ballet is brave: poised between prose and pas, pathetic fallacy and precise footwork, narrative voice and choreographic action, Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre is a bildungsroman of a ballet that’s as brave, and beautiful, as Brontë’s novel. Following the ‘poor, obscure, plain ...

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