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Cinderella- Palace Theatre, Manchester

Artistic Director &Choreography: David Nixon Music: Philip Feeney Reviewer: Peter Jacobs   Cinderella is one of the great ballets in the classical canon, with one of the best scores. But the story of Cinderella goes back as far as 9th Century AD China. The best-known version is the Charles Perrault fairytale of 1697, and most ballet versions draw from this ...

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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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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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Rock The Ballet – Peacock Theatre, London

Director: Rasta Thomas, Choreographer: Adrienne Canterna Reviewer: Cavelle Leigh Rock The Ballet aims to challenge the perception of ballet involving primarily pirouettes and tutus. Choreographed by Rasta Thomas, against a very contemporary soundtrack it is an exhilarating illuminating show. Beginning with The Chemical Brothers, The Knack and The Verve it tells the contemporary tale of young lovers (James Boyd and ...

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Vienna Festival Ballet: Cinderella – Worthing Pavilion Theatre

Artistic Director: Peter Mallek Choreographer: Sheila Styles Music: G A Rossini Reviewer: Gina Skillings The Vienna Festival Ballet is a classical ballet company founded in 1980 by Austrian dancer Peter Mallek. Based in the United Kingdom, they typically spend 7 to 8 months of the year touring small and medium venues around the country, and occasionally abroad. In 1995 Mallek ...

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Scottish Ballet: Romeo and Juliet – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Music: Sergei Prokofiev Choreography: Krzysztof Pastor Design: Tatyana van Walsum Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Often credited as the most inventive full length ballet ever created, Scottish Ballet returns with vibrant re-interpretation of the much-loved classic Romeo and Juliet. From Sergei Prokofiev’s 52-piece score and William Shakespeare'soriginal narrative, Polish choreographer Krzysztof Pastor and dramaturg Willem Bruls have “pruned discretely” many of the ...

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Ballet Central: The 2014 Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Director: William Glassman Choreography: Andrew McNicol, Sara Matthews, Arthur Saint Léon, Christopher Gable, Leanne King, Daniel de Andrade, Christopher Marney Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Ballet Central is the performing company of the Central School of Ballet, founded in 1982 by Royal Ballet dancer and actor, the late Christopher Gable CBE and Ann Stannard. Ballet Central was established in 1984. Their ...

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