July 2008

  1. Mikhailovsky ballet in Spartacus at London Coliseum

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 28 July 2008Performance 22 July 08

    ‘Choreographed by George Kovtun, whose only other claim to fame is a ballet version of Rasputin (starring Ruzimatov), the Mikhailovsky Spartacus is a massive-scale piece which, at its best, offers moments of gloriously lurid theatricality.’ 

  2. Mikhailovsky ballet in Spartacus at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Sanjoy Roy, Guardian, Monday 28 July 2008Performance 22 July 08

    ‘There is only one practical response to such a humongous pile of overblown camp tosh: surrender. With its sensationalist plot and booming score, Spartacus will never be a subtle ballet, but George Kovtun’s production seems to be channelling Cecil B DeMill… 

  3. West Side Story at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Monday 28 July 2008Performance 22 Jul - 31 Aug 08

    ‘West Side Story is Broadway’s greatest dance musical and Robbins’s choreography is at its heart, with so much of the plot’s intention and focus revealed through the acerbic and edgy movement.’  

  4. West Side Story at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Nicholas de Jongh, Evening Standard, Monday 28 July 2008Performance 22 Jul - 31 Aug 08

    ‘Joey McKneely’s fine, 50th anniversary production conveys just the right atmosphere of sizzling aggression, while the orchestra under Donald Chan’s direction ensures the musical never loses its tense momentum.’  

  5. West Side Story at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Charles Spencer, Telegraph, Monday 28 July 2008Performance 22 Jul - 31 Aug 08

    ‘The magnificence of the original is in no doubt, but this production feels routine, sanitised, and soullessly efficient.’ 

  6. West Side Story at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Clifford Bishop, Sunday Times, Monday 28 July 2008Performance 22 Jul - 31 Aug 08

    ‘West Side Story at Sadler’s Wells is remarkably fresh for a musical that’s just turned 50 without a serious makeover.’ 

  7. West Side Story at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Luke Jennings, Observer, Monday 28 July 2008Performance 22 Jul - 31 Aug 08

    ‘…West Side Story is a thrilling, hurtling triumph. To see it is to be reminded anew of the genius of Robbins’s tense, low-slung choreography, the tautness of Sondheim’s lyrics, the emotionalism of Bernstein’s score, and the spare, jazzy bea… 

  8. West Side Story at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Rhoda Koenig, Independent, Friday 25 July 2008Performance 22 Jul - 31 Aug 08

    ‘…this revival is both an excellent introduction and a welcome reminder of this classic with a rich, full sound and a great, full heart.’  

  9. West Side Story at Sadler's Wells

    Press Review Lyn Gardner , Guardian, Friday 25 July 2008Performance 22 Jul - 31 Aug 08

    ‘Like many, I wondered whether Robbins’ choreography would have stood the test of time. In fact Robbins’ dance sequences make most West End choreography look anaemic.’  

  10. Mikhailovsky ballet in Spartacus at London Coliseum

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Friday 25 July 2008Performance 22 July 08

    ‘Denis Matvienko is terrific as Spartacus, a fearless freedom-fighter with a true heart and a bold heroic sweep to his dancing that energises the entire evening and makes sense of the nonsense.’  

  11. Mikhailovsky ballet in Spartacus at London Coliseum

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Wednesday 23 July 2008Performance 22 July 08

    ‘To call this ballet lurid, gaudy and flamboyant doesn’t begin to convey its over-thetop hilarity.’  

  12. Mikhailovsky ballet in Spartacus at London Coliseum

    Press Review Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Wednesday 23 July 2008Performance 22 July 08

    ‘Great ballet this isn’t. But great fun? Certainly.’ 

  13. ROH2, Will Tuckett in Faeries at Clore Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Wednesday 23 July 2008Performance 14-19 July 08

    “So often dancing can feel stuck on. Here it meshes easily with the narrative and the practicalities of moving puppets and people. Without recourse to wires or tricks, there’s an impressive Alice-like fall down a hole, and thrilling “flying”.” 

  14. Recommended by... Will Tuckett

    Wednesday 23 July 2008

    *Will Tuckett is a choreographer and acclaimed character performer with the Royal Ballet. Creator of children’s dance favourites in recent years like The Wind in the Willows and The Canterville Ghost, he&… Continue Reading

  15. Bourne's Dorian Gray

    Wednesday 23 July 2008

    “There isn’t a single sympathetic character to lead you through the narrative, which makes it one of the hardest things I’ve ever worked on,” Matthew Bourne tells Lynne Walker in the Inde… Continue Reading

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