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Mark Bruce Company: Macbeth – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Choreographer and Director: Mark Bruce Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It is a coincidence of weather that walking to a dance version of Macbeth at Wilton’s Music Hall during the “Best from the East” cold spell makes one empathise about how it may feel to trudge across a blasted Highland heath, the cold wind biting at one’s extremities. One can only imagine ...

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The Sleeping Beauty – Birmingham Hippodrome

Music: Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Marius Petipa/Peter Wright Reviewer: John Kennedy Shamelessly romantic, this Sleeping Beauty awakens the senses through a seduction of somnambulant stealth. Firmly in the classical repertoire’s treasure-chest marked Opulent Baroque: Excess In All Arenas, tonight’s extravagant costume-drama from the wardrobe of Mount Olympus blushes not a jot at its OTT self-indulgence. Philip Prowse’s design, an opulent neo-classical Renaissance ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – Milton Keynes Theatre

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Music: Sergei Prokofiev Reviewer: Maggie Constable Always popular at Milton Keynes theatre, Matthew Bourne and his New Adventures company make their annual visit this week with the revisioned Cinderella, first seen on U.K stages just over 20 years ago. For those who have not seen Bourne’s Cinderella, this is not the classic fairytale, even if ...

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201 Dance Company: SKIN –Waterside, Sale

Direction & Choreography: Andrea Walker Composer: Norvydas Genys Reviewer: Peter Jacobs 201 Dance Company’s latest production SKIN is presented as part of Queer Contact Festival, celebrating LGBT arts and culture in Greater Manchester. As Contact itself is closed for major refurbishment this year’s Queer Contact – and the rest of their 2018 programme – has been redistributed to other venues ...

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Phoenix Dance Theatre Windrush (Movement of the people) – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Music: Various artists Directors: Sharon Watson, Aletta Collins, Christopher Bruce CBE Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Phoenix Dance Theatre opens this season with a mixed programme and features the world premiere of Windrush: Movement of the People.  This season is special as the company takes the opportunity to recognise the multicultural society of this country and also celebrate black British culture. The ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – Birmingham Hippodrome

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Music: Sergei Prokofiev Reviewer: John Kennedy Teenage orphan girl is forced into unpaid domestic labour stripped of her true identity. In desperation to gain elitist societal recognition she solicits supernatural means and compromises her feminist agenda in supine pursuit of approval from a privileged peacock aristocrat with a worrying foot fetish. Will this be a ...

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Penguins – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Three dancers dressed as penguins step out

Choreographer: Carlos Pons Guerra Director: Paul Bosco McEneany Reviewer: John Kennedy Penguins is based on the true story of two male Chinstrap penguins at Central Park Zoo, New York, who, for gender confusions too complicated to contemplate, attempt to hatch a chick from a lump of rock. Good luck to the infant school teachers explaining that one to their delightful ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella -Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Music: Sergei Prokofiev Reviewer: Joan Phillips Starting with a Second World War public information Pathé News Reel telling people how to behave during an air raid, this famous ballet is immediately set in the London Blitz. Matthew Bourne has once again chosen his own unique approach to this well-known story. But Bourne’s retelling is less a ...

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