Northern Ballet: Cinderella at the Theatre Royal Nottingham Review

19-23 November 2019

Northern Ballet Cinderella

Reviewed by Cathy Mumford

I had never been to see a ballet performance before, so when I saw that the Northern Ballet was bringing Cinderella to Nottingham, I thought why not?

Cinderella is such a beautiful classic fairy-tale story and one that everybody will know. This adaptation, by Artistic Director David Nixon OBE, is set in a Russian Winter and performed by Northern Ballet.

It was set in a beautiful magical setting with crystal lakes, ice skating and snowflakes, and had beautiful huskies and bears dancing around which I loved, and it brought a smile to my face!  The various backgrounds were stunning and were changed very quickly without any fuss.

Every single dancer was amazing, and I was certainly mesmerised watching them all, they made it look so effortless, they were true professionals!

As soon as the dancing started in the opening scene, which was set in the countryside outside Moscow Russia, I knew that I was going to enjoy this performance and had made the right choice.

It was a lovely summer afternoon and a picnic was being held for Young Cinderella’s birthday, played beautifully by Rachael Gillespie. Her father Cont Serbrenska, played by Mlindi Kulashe, gives her a gift and she looked so happy. They were also joined by both Cinderella’s stepmother and her two sisters Natasha and Sophia, they were having a good time but unfortunately the afternoon ended in tragedy and Cinderella’s father died. After the summer ended, the family moved to their new home in Moscow and it was clear that Cinderella was no longer a daughter, but only a servant for the family. Countess Serbrenska (Minju Kang) played a grieving wife very well, and the stepsisters were performed by Kyungka Kwak and Ayami Miyata, and again their dancing was superb.

Whilst I loved every bit of the show, if I had to say what my favourite scene was it would probably be in Act II when the Magician (Mlindi Kulashe) from the market square came to visit Cinderella. She had been invited to the winter ball but her wicked stepmother had ripped her invitation up and she had to resort to staying at home whilst her stepmother and stepsisters were at the ball. However, the magician told her she would go to the ball and she was transformed and then given a carriage to get then. She looked gorgeous and the prince choose her to dance, this was magical. 

I loved the music and the whole performance was conducted beautifully by Jonathan La with a very talented orchestra. I didn’t hear a wrong note and I was set very near the front!!

The costumes were beautiful too.

So, having been to my first ballet, was it a good experience and would I go to another one? YES, though it did help knowing the story! It was a magical story that didn’t disappoint me.

I would definitely recommend booking to go and see this show, which is on at Nottingham Theatre Royal until 23rd November, but also at other venues in 2019/2020.

Rating: 5/5

Tickets cost from £10 to £46 (booking fess may apply).

Northern Ballet’s Cinderella is at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham from 19-23 November 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit or call the box office on 0115 989 5555.

Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND

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