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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Cinderella – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer / Composer: Charles Perrault / Sergei Prokofiev Director / Choreographer: David Bintley Reviewer: Helen Tope Cinderella is the fairytale we think we know, perhaps a little too well. In this staging of the ballet, choreographer David Bintley attempts to break away from the overtly-classical staging of recent productions, instead returning the story to its roots. The problem with a ...

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Dance: Sampled – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs The idea of Dance: Sampled originated a decade ago at Sadler’s Wells. The idea to present a diverse programme of short, distinct works in different styles in order to diversify and broaden dance audience: now being rolled out nationally by The Movement - a new partnership between Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry and Birmingham Hippodrome. As six of ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures – Exeter Northcott

Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Director: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Bryony Luther On the 30th anniversary of the creation of Matthew Bourne’s company, New Adventures showcases a selection of his early work showing the seeds of his later signature style and humour. The performance begins with Watch With Mother, a piece that has not been seen for 25 years and it’s understandable why ...

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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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The Nutcracker – Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

Director: Anne Maher Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Reviewer: Saoirse Anton First performed in 1892 with choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, and music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker is a staple in many ballet companies’ repertoires and a firm festive favourite with audiences.  Telling the story of Clara, who is brought on a magical adventure through the Land ...

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Billy Elliot – The Bristol Hippodrome

Adam Abbou as Billy Elliot and ensemble

Writer and Lyricist: Lee Hall Composer: Elton John Director: Stephen Daldry Choreographer: Peter Darling Reviewer: Chris Oldham Having played for just over 10 years in the West End, everything about the touring production of Billy Elliot The Musical feels like you could still be sitting there watching it unfold in London's Victoria Palace Theatre. Set in County Durham against the ...

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Shakespeare Dream Bill – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Director: David Bintley Choreographers: Jessica Lang, José Limón, Frederick Ashton Conductor: Paul Murphy Reviewer: Bryony Luther This production honours Shakespeare’s works by focusing on two of his much-loved pieces Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream along with his often overlooked sonnets in a piece newly-created for Birmingham Royal Ballet. The Wink uses five unconnected sonnets to create a plotless ballet ...

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Ballet Black Triple Bill – Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Ballet Black (C) Bill Cooper

Founder &Artistic Director: Cassa Pancho MBE Music: Steve Reich, Dustin O’ Halloran, Kurt Weill Choreographer: Arthur Pita, Christopher Marney, Christopher Hampson Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Founded in 2001 by Cassa Pancho with the intention of providing a platform for dancers of black and Asian origin, Ballet Black has become much more than this, carving out a niche for themselves. As a ...

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