5-9 April 2016
Reviewed by Lynsey Miller
This production brings an enchanting fairy tale to life telling the better sweet story of Rusalka, a water nymph that longs to be human and have the love of the Prince. Falling into a deep sadness, Rusalka asks the Forest Witch to help her. The witch grants Rusalka her wish but under the conditions that Rusalka becomes mute, and will be cursed if the Prince does not return her feelings. Agreeing Rusalka gets her legs and becomes human, and it appears the Prince has falling in love with her. However feeling that she is now not woman or nymph her world starts to fall apart when the Prince shows interest in someone else.
The story is poignant and gripping, and the stage bold and enchanting – the perfect setting to tell Rusalka’s moving story. The whole cast are extremely talented and captivating in this dark tale. Anne Sophie Duprels plays the timid and sad Rusalka wonderfully. Her father, the Merman is played by Sir Willard White and as expected is magnificent with such a powerful voice. Peter Wedd as the Prince, Leah-Marian Jones as Jezibaba, and Clare Presland as a kitchen boy, were all also equally charming to watch.
The Theatre Royal is a modern theatre with a choice of bars on each of the floors and very helpful and friendly staff. Although modern the theatre itself still has the feel of a traditionally old theatre and feels intimate and cosy. Our seats in the dress circle provided a good view of the stage. The theatre is located in the city centre which means it is easily accessible by public transport and has on street parking close by.
This was a wonderful and moving production. I was mesmerised throughout and would highly recommend to friends and family.
Overall I would give the production 4 stars out of 5.
Tickets cost from £11.50 to £77.50 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Antonin Dvorak’s Rusalka is at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow until 9 April 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7647.
Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 3QA | 0844 871 7647