Having previously made a terrific job of expanding Swan Lake for the vast Victorian cavern that is the Royal Albert Hall, English National Ballet are now giving Cinderella, another fantastical story with a great Russian score, the same in-the-round treatment. Christopher Wheeldon created this production in 2012 for San Francisco Ballet and Dutch National Ballet, who gave it its first, first-rate UK outing in 2015.
It’s a wise version to have plumped for, for the simple reason that it’s so very good. For one thing, Wheeldon is an immensely skilled neoclassical choreographer with a sharp eye for both form and drama: although he never equals the finest moments in Frederick Ashton’s 1948 staging...
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