Sheffield audience charmed by Northern Ballet's clever Cinderella
Northern Ballet last brought Cinderella to the Lyceum in Sheffield five years ago and this tweaked version tells the story far more clearly.
The fairy tale is set in imperial Russia, allowing set designer Duncan Hayler and director and costume designer David Nixon ( the company’s artistic director) full rein for glamour.
Rachael Gillespie is a delightful young Cinderella, blamed by her harsh, forbidding stepmother (Mariana Rodrigues) when her father dies in an accident at her birthday picnic, and is forced to become a servant .
A deft changeover introduces Abigail Prudames as the adult Cinderella, bringing her wonderful combination of dancing and acting.
Cinderella’s only solace is the winter market where she watches the entertainers – the dancers were taught acrobatics by Sheffield’s Greentop Circus.
Mlinde Kulashe is a joy to watch as the magician who befriends Cinderella and later grants her wish to go the ball.
The crowd scenes work far better and a skating scene is very enjoyable.
Clever costume transformations change Cinderella’s dress for the ball and energetic huskies to pull her coach are magicked out of fur coats.
Joseph Taylor is a born Prince, at first haughty and then desperately in love. The couple's duets are lovely.
The whole cast work very hard with some gorgeous dancing to create a truly enchanting evening.
Cinderella is at the Lyceum until Saturday, September 28 and is also touring nationwide. Details at northernballet.com/cinderella