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Billy Elliot – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Adam Abbou as Billy Elliot and ensemble

Writer and Lyricist: Lee Hall Composer: Elton John Director: Stephen Daldry Choreographer: Peter Darling Reviewer:MeganPearce There are four young actors who work in rotation to play the eponymous Billy Elliot in the current tour and there's little wonder – the character is rarely off the stage and, on this particular night, 12-year-old Lewis Smallmangives every scene an extraordinary amount of ...

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Jane Eyre – Aylesbury Waterside

Choreographer:Cathy Marston Reviewer: Scott Matthewman For a novel that is widely and accurately regarded as one of English literature’s greatest, renowned for Charlotte Brontë’s expressive language, it is perhaps remarkable that the speechless world of ballet has produced such a faithful, striking adaptation of Jane Eyre. But the story of Jane and her life, from before her time at Lowood ...

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Scottish Ballet: Swan Lake – Liverpool Empire

Sophie Martin as Odette and Christopher Harrison as Siegfried in David Dawson's Swan Lake - Scottish Ballet

Artistic Director: Christopher Hampson Choreography: David Dawson Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Conductor: Richard Honner, conducting the Scottish Ballet Orchestra Reviewer: Peter Jacobs In a 2014 Guardianarticle- “Ditch Swan Lake? The classic ballets that don't belong in the repertory “ - Scottish Ballet’s Artistic Director Christopher Hampson was quoted as saying: "Large classical ballet companies have a challenge finding the balance ...

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Jane Eyre – CAST, Doncaster

Music: Philip Feeney Director &Choreographer: Cathy Marston Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Hot on the heels of another original ballet, Northern Ballet followsthe success of last year's 1984 with a sell-out world premiere of Jane Eyre. Coinciding with the commemoration of Charlotte Bronte's 200th birthday and celebrating all things Yorkshire, Leeds-based Northern Ballet take inspiration from Haworth's famous scribing siblings, showcasing their ...

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Carlos Acosta: A Classical Farewell – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Marius Petipa, August Bournonville, Kenneth MacMillan, Michael Fokine, Agrippina Vaganova, Ben Stevenson, Gustavo Mollajoli, Ben Van Cauwenbergh, Carlos Acosta, Raul Reinoso, Georges Garcia Reviewer: Peter Jacobs After a glittering career as one of the most iconic dancers of his generation, Carlos Acosta presents A Classical Farewell, his final programme of classical dance, as his career transitions to the future. ...

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Ballet Central 2016 Tour – Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Director: Sara Matthews Choreography: Christopher Gable CBE, Leanne King, Sharon Watson, Sara Matthews, Marius Petipa, Christopher Marney Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Ballet Central's tour for final year students at the Central School of Ballet provides a showcase for the trainee dancers' talents, offering the experience of working in theatres with full-scale costumes and lighting in a professional capacity. As the only ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Composer: Pyotr Tchaikovsky Reviewer: Beth Steer Deconstructing, dissecting and reassembling an amalgamation of all previous versions of Sleeping Beauty – from Disney to the Brothers Grimm to Tchaikovsky's original score, Matthew Bourne's reimagining of the classic fairytale is truly a masterpiece to behold. In this fantastic adaptation, spliced with sinister darkness and dripping with indulgent ...

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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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