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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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English National Ballet: Akram Khan’s Giselle – Liverpool Empire

Direction and Choreography: Akram Khan Music: Vincenzo Lamagna after the original score of Adolphe Adam Visual Design and Costumes: Tim Yip Lighting Design: Mark Henderson Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Akram Khan’s retelling of 1841 Romantic ballet masterpiece Giselle – a co-production with Sadler’s Wells and Manchester International Festival – was first seen in Manchester in September 2016 to instant acclaim. It ...

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Shobana Jeyasingh Dance: Bayadère – The Ninth Life – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Shobana Jeyasingh Composer: Gabriel Prokofiev Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Shobana Jeyasingh is a well-established and much-respected British choreographer whose work is rooted in her own British Asian experience and the classical Indian dance she grew up studying. Several years ago she saw a production of the now relatively little-seen (outside London) classical ballet La Bayadère. Created by the legendary Marius ...

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Coppélia – Bristol Hippodrome

A male ballet dancer holds a female aloft in front of a group of female dancers

Composer: Léo Delibes Conductor: Paul Murphy Choreography: Marius Petipa, Enrico Cecchetti, Peter Wright Reviewer: Claire Hayes Based on the stories of E T A Hoffmann, Coppélia is the lightest and most fragile of confections; the tale of a mechanical doll who entrances and enrages in equal measure. Yet the enchantment of this enduringly popular 19th Century work is underscored by ...

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Two boys reaching out either side of a barbed wire fence

Music: Gary Yershon Choreographer/Director: Daniel de Andrade Reviewer: Scott Matthewman   John Boyne’s book The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas imagines the world of Nazi Germany through the eyes of a nine-year-old boy, Bruno, whose father is promoted to oversee ‘Out-With’ (a misunderstanding of the name of the concentration camp at Auschwitz). Bruno strikes up a friendship with a Jewish boy ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Triple Bill – Theatre Royal, York

Oriental ballet dancer

Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan/Hans van Manen/John Cranko Design: Desmond Heeley/Jean-Paul Vroom/Osbert Lancaster Reviewer: Ron Simpson Birmingham Royal Ballet is currently touring two different triple bills on short “North” and “South” tours. Audiences in Cornwall have two new ballets on the bill, but nothing in the North programme is later than 1977 and two of the ballets are classic one-acters from the ...

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Ellen Kent’s Aida – Palace Theatre, Manchester.

Music: Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto: Antonio Ghislanzoni. Director: Ellen Kent. Conductors: Nicolae Dohotaru and Vasyl Vasylenko. Reviewer: Sam Lowe. For 25 years, Ellen Kent has been producing and touring opera and ballet in the UK. Kent's productions have reached audience numbers of around five million people since 1995. In her own words, Kent attempts to make opera "entertaining and visually spectacular ...

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