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Swan Lake – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Director & Choreographer: Sir Matthew Bourne Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree The name Matthew Bourne is synonymous with innovation in dance and despite the fact that his original production of Swan Lake is now over 20 years old, the premise still feels contemporary and unique. This is story-telling that leaves its mark and allows its audience to re-live ...

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Russian Spirits – Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North Conductor: Antony Hermus Soloist: Boris Giltburg (piano) Reviewer: Ron Simpson The latest in the Orchestra of Opera North’s Kirklees concerts, programmed for late Sunday afternoon, again emphasised the orchestra’s versatility. This concert of Russian works of the late 19th and 20th centuries came in the middle of a run of three operas at Leeds Grand, ...

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra | Tchaikovsky, Korngold & Mussorgsky – Leeds Town Hall

Conductor: Vasily Petrenko Composers: Tchaikovsky, Korngold, Mussorgsky Reviewer: Rich Jevons The first part of this triple bill sees Tchaikovsky looking at forbidden love, notably Francesca's adultery which led to her incarceration in Dante's Hell. There is a brooding intro which then stirs into a tempest of frenzied and frenetic strings. And there are more reflective and solemn moments. But love ...

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REVIEW: Swan Lake – London Coliseum, London

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Director: Konstantin Tachkin Reviewer: Scott Matthewman If one were on the hunt for something original in a production of Swan Lake, St Petersburg Ballet Theatre’s production, newly arrived in the London Coliseum, is not the place to look. This is as solidly traditional as they come. The original plans for Odette, the princess condemned to life as ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty -Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography: Marius Petipa, Peter Wright Reviewer: Helen Tope A ballet with an unrivalled pedigree, Sleeping Beauty is the classic everyone knows. The challenge, when taking on this production, is how to stop a classic turning into a cliché. The story of Princess Aurora, put to sleep by a witch’s curse, has plenty of scope for darkness beneath the glamour. ...

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Moscow City Ballet: Swan Lake – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Artistic Director: Lyudmila Nerubashchenko Conductor: Igor Shavruk Reviewer: Donna Kelly It’s hard to believe that the original 1877 production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake was considered a failure. Today, Swan Lake is one of the most famous and popular classical ballets of all time, with Moscow City Ballet billing it as one of their signature pieces. Swan Lake tells the bewitching ...

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The Sleeping Beauty – Birmingham Hippodrome

Music: Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Marius Petipa/Peter Wright Reviewer: John Kennedy Shamelessly romantic, this Sleeping Beauty awakens the senses through a seduction of somnambulant stealth. Firmly in the classical repertoire’s treasure-chest marked Opulent Baroque: Excess In All Arenas, tonight’s extravagant costume-drama from the wardrobe of Mount Olympus blushes not a jot at its OTT self-indulgence. Philip Prowse’s design, an opulent neo-classical Renaissance ...

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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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