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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Director: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Swan Lake is well known to be one of Tchaikovsky’s great musical pieces; arguably the most famous ballet of all time. In this unusual take on the classic, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake continues to cast a spell on audiences the world over 19 years from its debut ...

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English National Ballet : Le Corsaire – The Palace Theatre, Manchester

Artistic Director: Tamara Rojo Choreographer: Anna-Marie Holmes Reviewer: Richard Marsden Based on the poem Le Corsair by Byron, it seems that during the 19th and 20th Century the work inspired many operas and ballets by leading creatives of the time, each production has taken what they believe to best suit their adaptation as well as taking influence from the original ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: The Prince of the Pagodas – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Benjamin Britten Director and Choreographer: David Bintley Conductor: Koen Kessels Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Staging ‘The Prince of the Pagodas’, Benjamin Britten’s only full-length ballet, presents difficulties for producers. The score is too long for comfort and suggests tenderness rather than the grand passion of love. David Bintley’s imaginative new production for the Birmingham Royal Ballet solves some, but not ...

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Russian State Ballet of Siberia: Giselle – The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Music: Adolphe Adam Choreographer: Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa and Leonid Lavrosky Artistic Director: Sergei Bobrov Reviewer: Paul Jones [rating:4] The Grand Theatre welcomed The Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia to its wet and windy shores for a 3 night run of some of the worlds most famous ballets. The first of the shows was Giselle, often ...

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Moscow City Ballet: The Nutcracker – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Director &Choreographer: Victor Smirnov-Golovanov (after Marius Petipa) Reviewer: Fiona Hannon What better way to clear away the post-Christmas blues than with a warm and sparkling production of The Nutcracker? This perennial Christmas favourite enthralled an audience at Sheffield's Lyceum Theatre on a chilly January evening. This production is part of Moscow City Ballet's 25th anniversary UK ...

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Sleeping Beauty: The Russian National Ballet – Theatre Royal Brighton

Music: Tchaikovsky Reviewer: Steve Turner Founded in the late 1980’s the Russian National Ballet is dedicated to upholding the great tradition of ballet from Russia and is currently touring three of the most famous works scored by Tchaikovsky. The audience is privileged to witness a quite wonderful performance of the Sleeping Beauty. While not having a score that is quite ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Director and choreography: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Peter Jacobs [rating:5] Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake is 18 years-old but in this production looks as fresh as ever. The radical idea of the male swans is no longer so radical or shocking: time, a changing society and Billy Elliot has taken care of that. But the idea is still ...

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The Sleeping Beauty – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Director: David Bintley CBE Choreography: Marius Petipa &Peter Wright Reviewer: Joseph Leigh [Rating:4] Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty is a triumphant spectacle that offers a feast for the senses. From the moment the curtain goes up the audience is presented with a breath-taking scene of royal opulence and splendour, and The Sleeping Beauty maintains this ...

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