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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic director: Tony Dobrin Dances staged by: Alexandre Minz and Elena Kunikova Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:5] Some things are just funny. If the sight of muscular, hairy men squeezed into ballet tutus doesn’t tickle your funny bone then this is not the show for you. But ‘Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo’ is far more than just a series of ...

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The Nutcracker – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Conductor: Alexander Yudasin Choreographers: Vasily Vainonen &Sergei Bobrov Reviewer: Holly Spanner [rating:3.5] At a cheerful party on Christmas Eve, eccentric toymaker Drosselmeyer brings to life a Harlequin, Columbine and Moor. Excited, the children gather as the toys entertain them for the party. As a gift for goddaughter Marie, Drosselmeyer gives her a wooden Nutcracker doll which ...

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The Nutcracker – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Conceived by Ashley Page and Antony McDonald Conductor: Richard Honner Reviewer: Orson Ernest [rating:3] Ashley Page’s The Nutcracker premiered a decade ago and was his first complete work as Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet. It’s fitting then that the company have decided to revive his freshest seasonal fairytale as he slips out the proverbial back door. Although seen by many ...

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Swan Lake – The Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky Choreographers: Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov and Sergei Bobrov Reviewer: Barbara Michaels [Rating:3.5] Swan Lake is perhaps the greatest classical ballet of all time. It is also possibly the most difficult. Not only is the technique required of the highest possible echelon, but, in the hundred and thirty years since its first performance in Moscow, it has been ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty: A Gothic Romance – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Tchaikovsky Director &Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Peter Jacobs [rating:3.5]   Matthew Bourne is completing a busy year of activity to mark the 25thAnniversary of his company with a new production of Sleeping Beauty. This major new work completes Bourne’s trilogy of the great Tchaikovsky ballets started in 1992 with Nutcracker! and continued in 1995 with his rightly celebrated Swan ...

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The Russian State Ballet of Siberia:The Sleeping Beauty- Floral Pavilion, New Brighton

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Director: Valetina Sudakova Reviewer : Stephanie Rowe [rating:4.5] Sleeping Beauty is one of the classical ballets that turn the magic of dance into a fairy-tale. Featuring a timeless score from composer Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty is a certified classic, filled with evocative music and beautiful dance. The ballet which has captured the imagination of many generations over ...

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Northern Ballet : Madame Butterfly – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Artistic Director &Choreographer: David Nixon Conductor: John Pryce-Jones Reviewer: Sally Cinnamon [Rating:3] Puccini’s glorious opera, Madame Butterfly could not, you may think, be improved upon but then again, Boublil and Schönberg’s hit musical Miss Saigon was at least, loosely based on the original story and is still selling out to appreciative audiences around the world. Now, almost thirty years on ...

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