Preview: Cinderella at Newcastle Theatre Royal
You Shall Go To The Ball As Northern Ballet Transform Newcastle Theatre Royal Into A Winter Wonderland
Newcastle Theatre Royal
Tuesday 12th – Saturday 16th November 2019
Northern Ballet makes a highly-anticipated return to Newcastle with its enchanting adaptation of Cinderella, the world’s most famous rags to riches fairytale.
In Northern Ballet’s Cinderella, a tragic end to a perfect summer’s day sees Cinderella with no choice but to accept a desolate life of servitude. At the mercy of her wicked Stepmother, Cinderella seeks joy where she can but after encountering the handsome carefree Prince skating on a glistening lake of ice, she yearns for another life. Despite her sadness, Cinderella never forgets to be kind and her generosity is repaid when a chance encounter with a mysterious magician changes her destiny forever.
Combining thrilling dance with magic and circus skills, Cinderella is choreographed and directed by Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director David Nixon OBE, who has also designed the opulent costumes. It is performed to an original score by Philip Feeney, which will be played live at every performance by Northern Ballet Sinfonia. The magnificent transformative sets have been designed by Duncan Hayler, with lighting designed by Tim Mitchell.
David Nixon OBE, Artistic Director of Northern Ballet, said: “This production of Cinderella, whilst being immediately recognisable as the famous fairytale, offers something different to other traditional ballet adaptations. We have staged our ballet in the winter wonderland of Imperial Russia, opening up the possibilities of this colourful world as a new setting for Cinderella to make her journey. Audiences will see the dancers skate on a glistening lake of ice, stilt walkers entertaining in a marketplace and the fateful Ball held in a Fabergé inspired ballroom. Cinderella is ultimately the story of a young woman who must travel a challenging road to achieve happiness and our ballet is a joyful adaptation filled with action, magic and fun.”
Photos: Emma Kauldhar
Cinderella is at Newcastle Theatre Royal Tuesday 12 - Saturday 16 November 2019 playing evenings at 7.30pm and matinees Thursday (2pm) and Saturday (2.30pm). Tickets from £14.50 can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 (Calls cost 7ppm plus your phone company’s access charge) or book online at www.theatreroyal.co.uk