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Nutcracker and Ballet Etudes – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Carl Czerney Reviewer:  Scott Matthewman Since 1998, Janet Lewis’ English Youth Ballet (EYB) has been working with young dancers around England, giving children and young adults the opportunity to rehearse and perform alongside, and be trained by, professional ballet dancers. The result is an evening of ballet in which the stage is full of young hopefuls ...

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Casanova – The Grand, Leeds

Artistic Director: David Nixon OBE Choreographer: Kenneth Tindall Original Scenario: Kenneth Tindall & Ian Kelly Music: Kerry Muzzey Reviewer: Beverley Haigh The name Casanova is synonymous with womaniser, philanderer and seducer; more a derogatory term than an historical figure. Northern Ballet prove he was much more than this in Kenneth Tindell's original adaptation for the company, readdressing this and highlighting ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Cinderella – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer / Composer: Charles Perrault / Sergei Prokofiev Director / Choreographer: David Bintley Reviewer: Helen Tope Cinderella is the fairytale we think we know, perhaps a little too well. In this staging of the ballet, choreographer David Bintley attempts to break away from the overtly-classical staging of recent productions, instead returning the story to its roots. The problem with a ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Cinderella  – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Sergei Prokofiev Choreographer:  David Bintley Conductor: Philip Ellis Reviewer: Jo Beggs Birmingham Royal Ballet are a company unafraid to embrace the traditional. While all around them everyone’s trying to sex-up the classics, BRB know that producing something with no surprises can still be an audience winner. Cinderella certainly sends nobody home dissatisfied, and yet there’s a sense that the ...

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Dance: Sampled – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs The idea of Dance: Sampled originated a decade ago at Sadler’s Wells. The idea to present a diverse programme of short, distinct works in different styles in order to diversify and broaden dance audience: now being rolled out nationally by The Movement - a new partnership between Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry and Birmingham Hippodrome. As six of ...

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The Red Shoes– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Director/ Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Lu Greer Following the running theme of the last few years, yet another much-loved classic is getting a reboot, this time in the form of Powell and Pressburger's 1948 classic The Red Shoes. While perhaps not as well- known as the litany of other classic film being re-imagined in one way or another, Matthew Bourne ...

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Cinderella Dreams – Birmingham Hippodrome

Music: Prokofiev Choreographers: Rachel Hester and Jenny Murphy Reviewer: John Kennedy In this enticing and judiciously nipped ‘n’ tucked adaptation of David Bintley’s acclaimed Cinderella, Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) promises that ‘Everyone goes to the Ball’. That includes the swan-svelte, seventy-six years young Ilona Johnson-Gibbs featuring as The Fairy Godmother fulfilling a lifetime ambition. After exhaustive auditions, sixty-six students were cast ...

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Cinderella – Birmingham Hippodrome

Elisha Willis as Cinderella and Victoria Marr as the Fairy Godmother with Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet

Music: Sergei Prokofiev Choreographer: David Bintley Reviewer:  Laura Jayne Bateman Premiering in 2010, and featuring recently retired star principal Elisha Willis in the title role, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Cinderella takes inspiration from Charles Perrault’s 1697 fairy tale. Choreographed by company director David Bintley to Sergei Prokofiev’s score, the production enchantingly combines the grit of Cinderella’s abusive home life with the magic ...

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