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‘Great music which finds so many ways into our hearts’: Celebrating the splendour of Tchaikovsky’s three great ballets

In Audio, Classical music, Dance, Opinion, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Edward SeckersonLeave a Comment

I was a little late to the party in respect of Vladimir Jurowski’s scintillating new recording of the original 1877 version of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Yevgeny Svetlanov’s orchestra) but I’ve been much absorbed by it, thrilled by it.

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Christmas planning: Pantomime previews

In Children's theatre, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Pantomimes, Ticket recommendations by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

This isn’t an exhaustive list because there’ll be a panto somewhere in practically every postcode come December, but it is a rundown of your options – financial and artistic – for a special Christmas outing. I’ve averaged six pantomimes in recent years, so am already adopting the ‘brace’ position …

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INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Gillian Wright, starring in Malvern Theatres’ Sleeping Beauty

In Children's theatre, Interviews, Pantomimes, Regional theatre by Helen McWilliamsLeave a Comment

Sleeping Beauty runs at Malvern Theatres from 15 December 2016 to 8 January 2017, for more information and to book your tickets for this fabulous family pantomime, follow this link: http://www.malvern-theatres.co.uk/events/event/sleeping-beauty-2/ The character of Carabosse is the equivalent of Maleficent in the pantomime version of Sleeping Beauty, produced by UK Productions. Would you believe that […]

MATTHEW BOURNE’S SLEEPING BEAUTY – Touring

In Dance, Manchester, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Kristy StottLeave a Comment

By Bourne’s own admittance the familiar story of Sleeping Beauty always left him ‘a little cold’ – understandably so – it is a tale about a Princess who spends most of her time asleep. Taking his inspiration from Tchaikovsky’s score and the original fairytale, Bourne plays with our expectations of the well-loved tale and adds further layers to the story, with a surprising twist and new characters – Sleeping Beauty is a faultless and magical production. Giving us all the visual clues that we need to experience the story in a new and refreshing way – there is no finer storyteller than Matthew Bourne.