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The Little Mermaid – The New Victoria Theatre, Woking 

Director and choreographer: David Nixon Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Diving fins first into their Autumn season is the Leeds based dance company Northern Ballet with a whimsical and watery reimagining of a classic: The Little Mermaid, a new ballet based on the 1837 Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. With all its creative elements forging a powerful show, it is unclear what leaves ...

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Hairspray – Bradford Alhambra

Writer: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. Director: Paul Kerrison Choreographer: Drew MConie Reviewer: Sue Collier The opening night performance of Hairspray the UK Tour at The Alhambra Theatre Bradford was of extremely high calibre. The setting is Baltimore in 1962 America. Our heroine is schoolgirl Tracy Turnblad (Rebecca Mendoza) who loves ...

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Tango Moderno – Milton Keynes Theatre

Director: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Maggie Constable Fleckerl away to Milton Keynes Theatre this week where you will be invited to share an evening with the wonderful Flavia Cacace who, with Leonel Di Cocco and Pasquale La Rocca, performs the effervescent Tango Moderno, choreographed by none other than ex-Strictly dancer Karen Bruce along with Flavia and Vincent Simone (Vincent cannot appear ...

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Fourteen Days – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Music: Scott Walker, Joby Talbot, Keaton Henson, Charlotte Harding and Armand Amar Choreography: Javier De Frutos, Ivan Perez, Christopher Wheeldon, Craig Revel Horwood and Russell Maliphant Reviewer: Emma Pritchard When it comes to ballet, the word you’d typically use to describe those involved is a troupe. But for the Balletboyz, the term band seems far more fitting. Why? Because here ...

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Declining Solo – The Lowry, Salford.

Music: Tim Blazdell. Writers/Directors: Two Destination Language. Reviewer: Sam Lowe "Belonging neither here nor there", as the audience are told in the performance, Declining Solo is a show which fluctuates between the multiple layers of what makes up identity. It explores the father and daughter relationship, a woman's relationship to her culture, her home, how the past affects the present, ...

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The Snowman, Opera House, Manchester

Music: Howard Blake Director: Bill Alexander Reviewer: Andrea Allen Adults escorting little ones to the Opera House hoping for the magic of Raymond Briggs’ book and the festive charm of Dianne Jackson’s 1982 film adaptation may, unfortunately, be disappointed by Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s production of The Snowman. In Director Bill Alexander’s lengthy, bloated production, there’s a strong chance you’ll spend ...

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The Nutcracker – Victoria Theatre, Halifax

Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky Artistic Director: Konstantin Uralsky Reviewer: Jim Gillespie A perennial Christmas favourite, with an appeal across the generations, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker has been entertaining audiences with the ballet version of Hoffmann’s 1819 story of The Nutcracker and The Mouse King since 1892. The Russian State Ballet and Opera House are now touring their version of the ballet throughout ...

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Aladdin – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Choreographer: David Bintley Music: Carl Davis Reviewer: Helen Tope Aladdin, with its magic Genie and flying carpet, may not seem the most obvious choice for a ballet. But in a brand new production, Birmingham Royal Ballet makes a compelling case as to why we should take this pantomime favourite much more seriously. The challenge Birmingham Royal Ballet has is in the reshaping of ...

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