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Snow White – Oxford Playhouse

Snow White and the apple

Director and Choreographer: Liv Lorent Music: Murray Gold Reviewer:Katy Roberts The cautionary tale of Snow White is told anew in this new production from Newcastle contemporary dance company, balletLORENT. Reworked for the stage in a scenario written by former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, this is not your traditional sugar-coated, happily-ever-after. Duffy and director Liv Lorent look to the original ...

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Northern Ballet: Swan Lake – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Image Emma Kauldhar

Artistic Director / Choreographer: David Nixon OBE Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Reviewer: Beverley Haigh The past few years have seen Northern Ballet developing their body of work, David Nixon OBE heralding brand new ballets and providing innovative additions to their ever growing portfolio of work. Continuing the success of last year’s 1984, Northern Ballet adds Jane Eyre to their current ...

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Billy Elliot The Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Adam Abbou as Billy Elliot and ensemble

Director: Stephen Daldry Music: Elton John Book and Lyrics: Lee Hall Reviewer: Joseph Leigh   The audience's expectations as they enter the Theatre Royal Plymouth to see Billy Elliot The Musical could not be higher. Based on the multi-award winning film Billy Elliot and arriving with its own host of international accolades, this production's billing talks a talk that sets ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Romeo and Juliet – The Lowry, Salford

Birmingham Royal Ballet 's Romeo and Juliet

Music: Sergei Prokofiev Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan Artistic Director: David Bintley CBE Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Romeo and Juliet is an established ballet classic around the world, as well as a cornerstone of the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s repertoire. In this year celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare it still seems an important representation of the man’s work. This production was first choreographed by ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Matthew Bourne's SLEEPING BEAUTY. featuring Ashley Shaw

Music: Tchaikovsky Director &Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty completes his reworking of the trio of Tchaikovsky's well-loved ballets. After reinventing and making totally his own Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake with his all-male corps de ballet of swans, which followed his updated version of Nutcracker!, Bourne finally returned to Sleeping Beauty in order to turn his creative ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty – Liverpool Empire

Director/Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Reviewer: John Roberts   Completing his trilogy of Tchaikovsky’s big ballets, Matthew Bourne has once again brought his captivating sense of imagination and re-invented this classic ballet for The Vampire Diaries generation. Here, fairies, magic and mystery sit beautifully alongside the dark menace of the vampire and helps to firmly set Bourne’s gothic ...

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Rambert: 3 Dancers – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Ballet Rambert The Strange Charm of Mother Nature

Choreographers: Didy Veldman, Mark Baldwin, Kim Brandstrup Reviewer: Scott Matthewman   Pablo Picasso’s 1925 painting The Three Dancers provides the inspiration for Didy Veldman’s work for six dancers, one of three showcased at Aylesbury (Rambert’s current tour features a trio of routines at each venue, selected from seven in the dance company’s current repertoire). The portrait of three figures, hands ...

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Ballet Lorent’s Snow White – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Production photo of balletLORENT's Snow White

Writer: Carol Ann Duffy Director: Liv Lorent Reviewer: Robert McMillan   The Festival Theatre stages a childhood classic reinvented by going back to its grim origins. Liv Lorent and Carol Ann Duffy present the story of Snow White, both recognisable and yet foreign to its audience. Many years after becoming a widow, the Queen (Caroline Reece) sets out to seek ...

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