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Friday, 25 October 2019

English National Ballet's Cinderella | Mayflower Theatre

Growing up, I loved ballet and temporarily had dreams of being a ballerina (admittedly, they quickly passed). During that time, I also loved Cinderella, so when the English National Ballet's adaptation of the classic fairytale was announced to be coming to the Mayflower in Southampton, I was over the moon.
Photo courtesy of Mayflower Theatre

The classic fairytale is bought to life on stage with over 40 dancers, a full live orchestra and plenty of surprises. Be prepared, if you think you know the story of Cinderella, this adaptation will still surprise you. I will admit, there were more than a couple of occasions where I sat a little puzzled at what was going on, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Photo courtesy of Mayflower Theatre
I adored the settings, which were really cleverly done and really imaginative. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with the tree at Cinderella's mother's grave. Bringing a tree to life on the Mayflower's stage is no small feat, and this one had a really magical twist. It really is incredible to see.
Photo courtesy of Mayflower Theatre
The costumes were also stunning, so eye-catching and typically Cinderella-esque. I was a little bit underwhelmed with Cinderella's ball gown - it was no Disney dress, that's for sure - but it suited the ballet.
Photo courtesy of Mayflower Theatre
The English National Ballet are celebrating their 70th anniversary this season, and I'd love to see more of their productions. The dancing was stunning and totally gripped my attention. It was a mesmerising evening. Cinderella is performed at the Mayflower Theatre until 26th October. Tickets are available via the Box Office on 02380 711811, or online here.

Do you like the ballet?

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