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Mayerling

Among Kenneth MacMillan’s many distinctive and famous ballets Mayerling continues to win the highest plaudits, and justly so. More than any of his other full-length works this three-hour masterpiece combines ...
DON CARLOS (C) ROH. PHOTO BY CATHERINE ASHMORE
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Don Carlo

There are at least four versions of this late-Verdi opera in print, and any number of variations used in production. So it is important to state that this production used the five-act Italian version sanctioned...
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A Song Goes Around the World

Daniel Donskoy has a multi-faceted identity as actor, singer, dancer, polyglot, and former model with an upbringing spread across Russia, Israel, Germany and the United Kingdom. He makes a virtue of this natura...
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Seventeen

Matthew Whittet’s new play started life at the Belvoir Theatre, Sydney in 2015 and now transfers to London for a short season with a new and English cast. However, the dominant conceit behind it remains: this...
Ballet Black Red Riding Hood
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Ballet Black: Triple Bill

Ballet Black was established sixteen years ago by Cassa Pancho to offer on- and off-stage professional opportunities for black and Asian performers, which might in turn arouse a confidence and involvement at th...
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The Pirates of Penzance

By common consent this work is the most perfectly finished of the Savoy Operas. It can simply be read as a rambunctious, witty, paradoxical comedy with a well-balanced set of characters both charming and whimsi...
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52 Portraits

Throughout last year the co-creators of this one-off screening have compiled 52 gestural video portraits of dancers or former dancers each running to a few minutes. The participants were asked to craft a ballet...
St Joan Donmar Warehouse
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Saint Joan

Bernard Shaw’s plays, for all their number and reputation, are not often seen in London, so a revival of even his most famous work, St Joan (1924), is still something of an event. The issues at its heart coul...
Northern Ballet Romeo & Juliet, Choreography Jean-Christophe Maillot
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Romeo and Juliet

For those of us brought up on Kenneth Macmillan’s 1960s choreography it is hard to imagine the ballet done any other way. All the more so given the images that still resonate from the film of Nureyev and Font...
Dillie Keane at the Pheasantry
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Dillie Keane at the Pheasantry

It’s often forgotten that the members of Fascinating Aida have their own highly successful solo careers. Their songs reflect the particular emphases of the individual performers but are still highly distincti...