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Edward Scissorhands – Alhambra, Bradford

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Music: Terry Davies Sets and Costumer: Lez Brotherston Reviewer: Rosie Revell Matthew Bourne’s revival of his 2005 all ballet version of Edward Scissorhands is a pleasant, magical surprise that evokes beautifully the 1990 Tim Burton’s movie of the same name. Burton’s suburban fairy tale tells the story of lonely Edward, whose creator dies before he ...

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Coppélia – Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham

Music: Léo Delibes Choreographers: Marius Petipa, Enrico Cecchetti, Peter Wright Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer While not intended as a magical tale with fairy dust and wicked queens, the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Coppélia still evokes an enchanting atmosphere, drawing the audience into a charming, though not without its faults, Eastern European village and a story of love, dotty doll makers, and comical ...

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Rapunzel – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Carol Ann Duffy Music: Murray Gold Director: Liv Lorent Reviewer: Rich Jevons BalletLORENT’s adaptation of the Brothers Grimm’s Rapunzel manages to be family friendly while still being highly emotional and enchanting for an adult audience finding their inner child. The fairy tale’s narrative quest is based around a longing for a child; firstly the barren Wife and her Husband; ...

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Richard Alston Dance Company – Aylesbury Waterside

Choreographers: Richard Alston, Martin Lawrance Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Richard Alston Dance Company is now touring with a selection of routines both old and new. The four routines performed (of the seven that form the body of this tour’s repertoire) combine new routines with some older material, with patchy levels of success. New work ...

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Giselle – Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester

Composer: Adolphe Adam Artistic Director: Lyudmila Nerubaschenko Reviewer: Bill Avenell Chichester Festival Theatre even with its revamp may not be quite the Royal Opera House and Liliya Orekhova and Talgat Kozhabaev not quite in the league of Fonteyn and Nuryev but in their current tour The Moscow City Ballet and two of its established principals give a lovely interpretation of ...

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The Nutcracker – The Coliseum, London

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreograpy: Wayne Eagling Reviewer:MaryamPhilpott The Nutcracker is synonymous with Christmas and the London Coliseum’s annual production is always a high point in the family festivities. Will it be modern or traditional; will they stress the sense of magic or play-up its more sinister aspects, and how will the famous solos stand up? This year’s English National ...

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Lord of the Flies – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer: William Golding Music: Terry Davies Director/Choreographer: Scott Ambler Director: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Rich Jevons If ever there was an inspiring show promoting ballet for boys, forget STOMP or Billy Elliot (good as they are), instead think Matthew Bourne’s incredible creation of Lord of the Flies. It’s over decade since Isaw Pilot Theatre’s theatrical adaptation of the William Golding classic ...

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The Wind In The Willows – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Composer: Martin Ward Writer: Andrew Motion - based on the book by Kenneth Grahame Director and Choreographer: Will Tuckett Musical Director: Andy Massey Reviewer: Michael Gray   The Royal Opera House's delightful seasonal dance show, long a favourite in their Linbury Studio, dipped its toes into West End waters last year at the Duchess, and now moves round the corner ...

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