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Brendan Cole adds the international flavour to BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing'. Sassy and sexy, Brendan is a charismatic performer, his choreography has a touch of genius, and his bold exchanges with the Strictly judges makes for great viewing.
The classic fairy tale. Prokofiev's music was written during the Blitz.
London 1940...The Blackout... a siren sounds... New Adventures' production of Cinderella is a thrilling and evocative journey through London during the Second World War. Matthew Bourne's interpretation of Prokofiev's haunting score has, at its heart, a true wartime romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz. First seen in the West End in 1997.
12 JUNE - 16 JUNE
KING'S THEATRE, GLASGOW
9 DECEMBER - 28 JANUARY
SADLER'S WELLS THEATRE, INNER LONDON
30 JANUARY - 3 FEBRUARY
THEATRE ROYAL, PLYMOUTH
27 FEBRUARY - 3 MARCH
THEATRE ROYAL, NORWICH
17 APRIL - 23 APRIL
THEATRE ROYAL, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
19 JUNE - 23 JUNE
NEW VICTORIA THEATRE, WOKING
20 MARCH - 24 MARCH
BRISTOL HIPPODROME, BRISTOL
1 MAY - 5 MAY
NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE, OUTER LONDON
10 APRIL - 14 APRIL
LIVERPOOL EMPIRE THEATRE, LIVERPOOL
13 FEBRUARY - 17 FEBRUARY
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE, MILTON KEYNES
6 FEBRUARY - 10 FEBRUARY
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME, BIRMINGHAM
This enchanting story tells the tale of how Clara is given a wooden nutcracker as a Christmas present by Dr Drosselmeyer. During the Christmas party Clara and her brother Fritz fight over the nutcracker doll. Later that night Clara wakes and looks for the Nutcracker doll. When the clock strikes twelve, giant mice appear and fight with the toy soldiers. The nutcracker doll comes to life and joins in the battle. Clara finally kills the King Mouse with her shoe and The Nutcracker Doll is transformed into a handsome prince who takes Clara through the land of snow to the Kingdom of Sweet and the Palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Contemporary dance. Richard Alston, Artistic Director of The Place, the UK's leading centre for contemporary dance, is internationally recognised as one of the most influential and inspiring choreographers in British dance.
Alston's newest dance Carnaval is performed to Schuman's Carnaval revolving around characters from the Commedia dell'arte, played live by the fantastic pianist Jason Ridgway. Gypsy Mixture, a great Alston favourite, has been newly revived for the first time in a decade.With exhilarating dancing to the infectious music of Romanian and Macedonian gypsy bands this dance will lift your spirits and quicken your pulse.
Romeo gate-crashes a ball given by his family's enemies, the Capulets, only to fall in love with their daughter Juliet. Their passion is mutual, but the hatred between their families forces their relationship to a catastrophic conclusion.
The Snow Princess wishes to leave her winter forest to live with humans. However, she is unable to feel any emotions. The temptation to know what love is becomes too strong and she asks her mother (Spring) to grant her wish. As she finally experiences the passion she melts under the sun's fatal rays.
One of ballet's most famous works with some of its best known music. It is Siegfried's birthday and his mother gives him a crossbow and an ultimatum to get married! After the party and finding himself alone he goes hunting. The evil magician Rothbart (half man half bird) keeps beautiful women as swans on the lake - but by night they resume human form. Siegfried is bewitched by Odette, a Princess and one of the Swans. She explains their plight to Siegfried and says the spell can only be broken by someone who'll love her truly for ever. He swears to do so but Odette returns to being a swan as Rothbart's powers are so strong. Siegfried returns to the palace and his mother presents him with a string of women from whom to chose his bride - Rothbart arrives with his daughter Odile disguised as Odette and Siegfried agrees to marry her - only then realising his mistake as Odile reviles him for breaking his vow to Odette. Siegfried returns to the lake and begs Odette to forgive him - then fights Rothbart whom he kills - and the swans are released from the spell.