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Matthew Bourne's Cinderella

Opens: 30/11/2010 Closes: 23/01/2011 Sadler's Wells, London
Bourne’s World War Two-era version of this beloved tale sees Cinderella’s romance with an RAF pilot develop dramatically amidst the Blitz. A thrilling depiction which transports its audience to a highly atmospheric London, accompanied by a new recording of Prokofiev's powerfully emotive score. For more information visit: http://www.sadlerswells.com/show/Matthew-Bourne-Cinderella Buy: https://tickets.sadlerswells.com/performances2.asp?ShoID=1279
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Guardian“Makes for a gripping theatrical spectacle...” Cinderella turns into another kind of fairytale – the miracle of love in war. Bourne's choreography, sharpened up for this revival, fleshes out the story handsomely. He scatters love like fairy dust. There are moments of adroit dance invention...
 
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Whatsonstage.com“This really is a serious grown-up treat for all Londoners... ” The dancing is elegant throughout, with firmly arched lines in all bodies, and wonderfully precise details in gesture and footwork. The finest of all magical moments is when Cinders waltzes behind a curtain with her dummy prince...
 
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The Stage“Not so much modernising the ballet as revolutionising it...” Set and costume designs by Lez Brotherston are alluring and impressive. The use of projection, film screens and surround sound create an overwhelming sense of immersion into this dark re-make of the Ashton classic, to the original Prokofiev score...
 
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The Arts Desk“This is a magnificent show, and Bourne’s finest hour.” Cinderella is a love letter to the London that survived the war, a deeply felt expression of confidence in humanity. Set, music, drama and choreography seem perfectly intertwined, the masterstroke being the sound experience...
 
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Financial Times“Prokofiev deserves better. So does Cinderella. So do we...” Had it not been for its design, I would award Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella one grudging star. I thought the production exhaustingly vulgar, and devoid of interest as a realisation of a great ballet score...
 
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The Independent“There are clever touches in this romance...” Bourne can use the sweep of Prokofiev's score, but his steps don't get anywhere near it. He struggles to fill the big soloist dances, falling back on vague and repetitive steps. The best dancing comes in the curtain calls...
 
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The Telegraph“It is a perfect, warming Christmas treat... ” Throughout, Lez Brotherston’s designs transform the action, whisking it from suburbia to nightclub, to Underground, to river bank and train station with a dazzling deftness. The score is remarkably effective...
 
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Evening Standard“Some sections groan with detail...” The show is based on his 1997 production, only with substantially reworked choreography, a new recording of Prokofiev’s music, and Lez Brotherston’s new sets and costumes which cleverly evoke London’s wartime privations...
 
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