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This production contains instances of domestic bullying/violence.
Review: Birmingham Royal Ballet Cinderella at Birmingham Rep
Choreography: David Bintley, Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Split into three acts, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Cinderella has plenty of plot to get through: The death of Cinderella’s (Karla Doorbar) mother still weighs on her, even though he has remarried another woman (Eilis Small) with teenage daughters (Alexandra Burman and Laura Day) her father has since passed away himself, as the woman is dressed in black (Mourning).
Immediately an invite to the Prince’s (Lachlan Monaghan) ball appears and Cinderella is left out of the arrangements despite her having some rather snazzy shoes. A cloaked woman (Yvette Knight) appears in their kitchen and rather than calling the cops, Cinderella offers this woman some sustenance. Later the woman appears to turn into Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother (I’ve also got a suspicion that she’s the spirit of her mother?!). And a carriage is created on stage! End of part one.
Once again Birmingham Royal Ballet has confounded my expectations with light humour filled that glides through the story of Cinderella, that said this production never strays into panto or Disney, keeping the tone on the classical side.
Being split into three parts creates a second cliffhanger moment as the clock strikes midnight and really allows the story that extra time to resonate.
Music-wise the Royal Ballet Sinfonia delivers their usual high standard of orchestra conducted by Paul Murphy, Sergei Prokofiev is much more classical than some of the soundtracks I’m used to from Birmingham Royal Ballet which usually evokes a cinematic soundtrack feel.
Karla Doorbar and Lachlan Monaghan are excellent as the leads even though their characters only get limited interactions with each other compared to other types of Cinderella productions. And there are plenty of ensemble moments where the company demonstrates its uniformity. A moment at the Royal Ball when the treats are handed out is particularly fun to see.
The sets feature huge moving sections which add to the fantastic nature of the story, the narrow kitchen in the first act reflecting on the captured nature of Cinderella’s predicament and the star-scape demonstrating the magical nature of the transformation.
An engrossing playful performance this production of Cinderella is at Birmingham Rep with Birmingham Royal Ballet until 26th June.
Book tickets here: birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on/birmingham-royal-ballet-cinderella.html