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Swan Lake – Milton Keynes Theatre

Director: Tamara Rojo Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Derek Deane after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov (Additional Choreography: Frederick Ashton) Reviewer: Maggie Constable Prior to a West End run English National Ballet brings us its wonderful production of the much loved and acclaimed Swan Lake under the artistic direction of Tamara Rojo, who also dances in some performances. This is ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Beauty and the Beast – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Music: Glenn Buhr Choreographer: David Bintley Reviewer: Marina Spark Birmingham Royal Ballet are bringing a little magic to Plymouth's Theatre Royal this October. The company excel themselves in this first rate production of the classic fairytale. The Prince is cursed by a woodsman and transformed into a beast. Some time later he heroin of the tale, Belle, is forced to ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Shadows of War – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Music: Maurice Ravel, Arthur Bliss, Malcolm Arnold, Benjamin Britten Choreographer: Kenneth MacMillan, Gillian Lynne, David Bintley Reviewer: Marina Spark Birmingham Royal Ballet's latest touring production, Shadows Of War, showcases three shorter ballets; La Fin Du Jour, Miracle in The Gorbals and Flowers Of The Forest. Each ballet, as suggested by the show's title, represents those living on the brink of ...

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English National Ballet: Swan Lake – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Artistic Director: Tamara Rojo Choreographer: Derek Deane after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, Additional Choreography: Frederick Ashton Conductor: Gavin Sutherland Reviewer: Taylor Simmons Swan Lake – arguably the most famous and most loved of all ballets – tells the story of Princess Odette who is captured by the wicked sorcerer, Rothbart, in the Prologue and condemned ...

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Cinderella – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Director/Choreographer: David Nixon Composer: Philip Feeney Reviewer: Lu Greer   Cinderella, originally an old European folk tale, has been adapted in every way from Disney’s classic to pantomime to ice shows. The now age-old story of poor little Cinders, bullied by her step-sisters, becoming a princess for the night and losing her glass slipper is consistently popular with audiences of ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Beauty and the Beast – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Glenn Buhr Choreography: David Bintley Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The Birmingham Royal Ballet’s revival of Beauty and the Beast is an emotionally and physically dark production yet one in which the magic and charm of the piece manages to shine through. A merchant (Michael O’Hare) stranded in a deep wood takes refuge in an apparently derelict castle in which he ...

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Rapunzel – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Director: Liv Lorent Choreographer: Liv Lorent Writer: Carol Ann Duffy Music: Murray Gold Reviewer: Lesley J Russell "Most of us remember the tower and the hair, but go a bit hazy about the rest of the story".These are the words of director and choreographer Liv Lorent on her own recollections of Rapunzel. In this production she focuses on the wants ...

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Dracula – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Music: Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Michael Daugherty, Sergei Rachmaninov Choreographer and Director: David Nixon Reviewer: Ruth Jepson From Twilight, to Vampire Diaries via True Blood and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, there’s no denying that the undead are big business. With all the modern incarnations of vampiric deeds, it’s often easy to forget where it all began. Although tales of vampires ...

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