Thanks to Matthew Bourne, now Christmas in London doesn’t only mean endless Nutcrackers (as lovely as they are), but for over 15 years dance fans have been treated to his theatrical mix of Gothic grit and fairytale charm, transporting the audience to a bygone era.
This year’s festive offering of Cinderella (last seen at Sadler’s Wells in the Christmas of 2010) is no different, and fans of Bourne will adore this glamorous tale set against the contrasting backdrop of bleak wartime London.
Lez Brotherston’s set designs for this production are particularly exquisite. The initial dull colour palette to illustrate Cinders’ mundane home life as a servant to her demanding step-siblings later transforms to the opulence of the sleek, sophisticated Café de Paris for the dreamy ball scene.
Choreographic highlights come not only in the big ensemble numbers Bourne is known for, but in the form of the “morning after” duet too. This simple scene stands out in a production full of clever set trickery and glitter balls hanging from the ceiling.
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