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The Nutcracker – Chichester Festival Theatre

Music: Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky Director: Lyudmila Nerubaschenko Conductor: Igor Shavruk Choreography: Victor Smirnov-Golovanov Reviewer: Bill Avenell There is something magical about the phrase ‘going to the ballet’ and, by and large, the Moscow City  Ballet (MCB) does its bit to maintain that reputation in the 2017 tour that commences at Chichester Festival Theatre. Firmly in the classical Russian School, the MCB ...

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Beauty & The Beast – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Saint-Saëns, Bizet, Debussy, Poulenc &Glazunov Director/Choreographer: David Nixon Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood David Nixon’s Beauty &The Beast returns to Leeds this Christmas after its successful première back in 2011 and has so far visited four cities on its UK Tour.  Northern Ballet, a winner of the South Bank Sky Arts Dance Award in June this year, is renowned for its ...

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The Red Shoes – Sadler’s Wells, London

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Remaking or re-imaging a classic film can be a dangerous business, such is the love and affection for the original interpretation. The films of the golden age of Hollywood from 1940-1960 are particularly untouchable and the scathing reviews that followed reboots of films like Psycho seem inevitable. Now it’s the turn of ...

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English National Ballet: Nutcracker – Liverpool Empire

Shiori Kase and Cesar Corrales in English National Ballet's Nutcracker © Laurent Liotardo Photography

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography: Wayne Eagling Reviewer: Vicki Goodwin  Few things feel as gloriously festive as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, and inside the Empire is the perfect sumptuous treat waiting to launch us into the holiday season. The stage has been transformed into a resplendent Edwardian backdrop where ice-skaters effortlessly glide across the icy scene. It’s Christmas eve and we join ...

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The Nutcracker – Birmingham Hippodrome

Céline Gittens as the Rose Fairy with Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet;

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographers: Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, Vincent Redmon Reviewer: Nicole Evans One of the classics, and undeniably one of the most timeless, ballets, The Nutcracker returns to its anticipated festive home, The Birmingham Hippodrome, for its Christmas run once again presented by Birmingham Royal Ballet. In its 26th year, and with the opening night coinciding with creator Sir Peter ...

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The National Ballet of China: The Peony Pavilion – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Director: Feng Ying Choreography: Fei Bo Composer: Guo Wenjing Reviewer: Peter Jacobs The National Ballet of China was founded in 1959. The company is built on Russian foundations but has continued to enrich this with different schools and styles. The company’s repertoire includes Western ballet classics, as well as original fascinating–sounding creations: The Red Detachment of Women, The New ...

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Beauty and the Beast – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Beauty and the Beast, NORTHERN BALLET

Choreographer: David Nixon Reviewer: Laura Jane Bateman The story of Beauty and the Beast has been immortalised by Disney’s animated film, but Northern Ballet’s adaptation, first presented in 2011, takes the story back to its 18th-century fairy-tale roots. Choreographed by artistic director David Nixon, it is a simple and well-danced production which is let down by underdeveloped characters and garish ...

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The Tempest – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Choreographer: David Bintley Reviewer: Helen Tope Written against a backdrop of social and political upheaval, Shakespeare’s The Tempest made its debut by Royal appointment. Performed to an audience including King James I, The Tempest is markedly different to Shakespeare’s earlier comedies, certainly when compared to such plays as the exuberant Twelfth Night. First performed in 1611, it moves purposefully through darkness and light. ...

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