Northern Ballet takes Sheffield Lyceum audience on engaging dance through life of Victoria
Northern Ballet often go for an inter-esting take on familiar characters, so in the excellent Victoria at Sheffield Lyceum we see the queen through her youngest daughter, Beatrice.
The action flits back and forwards through Victoria’s life as the older Beatrice, beautifully danced by Pippa Moore, discovers more about her parents while editing her late mother’s diaries. There are some lovely moments where Beatrice dances with her younger self (Miki Akuta).
Abigail Prudames does a wonderful job portraying Victoria from a young princess to an ageing widowed monarch besotted with charismatic John Brown (Mlindi Kulashe).
Cathy Marston’s clever choreography includes a scene where Victoria produces a large family and runs an empire like a Victorian industrialist.
It all looks gorgeous and Philip Feeney’s dramatic music works well.
Victoria is at Sheffield Lyceum until Saturday, March 23, on tour until June and in cinemas on June 25. Lyceum box office: www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk. Northern Ballet website: northernballet.com