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Billy Elliot – The Bristol Hippodrome

Adam Abbou as Billy Elliot and ensemble

Writer and Lyricist: Lee Hall Composer: Elton John Director: Stephen Daldry Choreographer: Peter Darling Reviewer: Chris Oldham Having played for just over 10 years in the West End, everything about the touring production of Billy Elliot The Musical feels like you could still be sitting there watching it unfold in London's Victoria Palace Theatre. Set in County Durham against the ...

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Shakespeare Dream Bill – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Director: David Bintley Choreographers: Jessica Lang, José Limón, Frederick Ashton Conductor: Paul Murphy Reviewer: Bryony Luther This production honours Shakespeare’s works by focusing on two of his much-loved pieces Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream along with his often overlooked sonnets in a piece newly-created for Birmingham Royal Ballet. The Wink uses five unconnected sonnets to create a plotless ballet ...

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Ballet Black Triple Bill – Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Ballet Black (C) Bill Cooper

Founder &Artistic Director: Cassa Pancho MBE Music: Steve Reich, Dustin O’ Halloran, Kurt Weill Choreographer: Arthur Pita, Christopher Marney, Christopher Hampson Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Founded in 2001 by Cassa Pancho with the intention of providing a platform for dancers of black and Asian origin, Ballet Black has become much more than this, carving out a niche for themselves. As a ...

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Natalia Osipova – Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreographers: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russel Maliphant, Arthur Pita, Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Serious question. Is it fair to go to a performance with an expectation how it might turn out? Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin’s reputations are pretty much as solid as they get in classical dance. They’re at the level where the pair are comfortably crossing into the mainstream consciousness ...

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Rambert: A Linha Curva plus other works- The Lowry, Salford

Music: Percossa, Daniel Bjarnason,Somei Satoh and Kate Whitley Choreography: Itzik Galili, Alexander Whitley and Malgorzata Dzierzon Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Rambert’s new triple bill features an award winner, a premiere and a piece chosen for GCSE Dance. This last one may explain the vast number of terrifying teenagers crammed into The Lowry. But whatever the reason the teens certainly add to ...

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English National Ballet: Akram Khan’s Giselle – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Direction and choreography: Akram Khan Music: Vincenzo Lamagna after the original score by Adolphe Adam Orchestration and conductor: Gavin Sutherland Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Giselle, which dates from 1841, is one of the few surviving and enduringly-popular Romantic classical ballets. Even after a successful collaboration between Akram Khan and English National Ballet – Dust from their WWI commemoration trilogy Lest We ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Shakespeare Dream Bill – The Lowry, Salford

Director: David Bintley Choreography: Jessica Lang, José Limón, Frederick Ashton Reviewer: Peter Jacobs The Birmingham Royal Ballet present a Shakespeare-themed triple bill of works as part of their own year-long celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. For Manchester and Salford audiences this has the added interest of the company presenting a varied selection of more diverse works ...

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Northern Ballet: Wuthering Heights – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Rachael Gillespie and Jeremy Curnier as Young Cathy and Heathcliff

Music: Claude-Michel Schonberg Choreographer and Co-Director: David Nixon Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Following the success of last season’s Jane Eyre, Northern Ballet opens their Autumn season by revisiting another classic work of literature and turning it into a modern ballet, full of passion and relevance for a modern audience. This time, it is the turn of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, previously ...

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