Category Archives: London Coliseum

Mary Skeaping’s Giselle – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 13 January 2017

Debut hat-trick I watched Mary Skeaping’s Giselle for the first time just a few days ago and came to the conclusion the first act wasn’t terribly exciting (if you’re interested, you can read the full review by clicking on this … Continue reading

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Mary Skeaping’s Giselle – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 11 January 2017

If you go down to the woods today Anyone familiar with most traditional productions of Giselle may be a little surprised by Mary Skeaping’s 1971 version for English National Ballet. It remains as faithful to the original 1841 French production as … Continue reading

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Nutcracker – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 15 December 2016

Nut again I’ve reviewed this show several times now and I’d be lying if I said it was my favourite production. Over the past few years however, some ever-improving tweaks have been introduced and tonight’s performance was undoubtedly the best … Continue reading

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Up & Down – Eifman Ballet of St Petersburg: London Coliseum, 6 December 2016

Now you turn me This ballet has its title round the wrong way – it should be called Down & Up. The reason being that the first half of this tale based on Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s … Continue reading

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Echoes of Eternity – Shanghai Ballet: London Coliseum, 17 August 2016

Maiden Shanghai Based on Bai Juyi’s poem The Song of Everlasting Regret about the loving relationship between the 8th century Chinese Emperor Li and his concubine Lady Yang, Shanghai Ballet’s Echoes of Eternity is not without its flaws. It’s far … Continue reading

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Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake – The Australian Ballet: London Coliseum, 13 July 2016

Cygneture piece It’s just over 10 years since the The Australian Ballet last came to London’s Coliseum – in 2005 they brought with them Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake. Now, in 2016, they’ve returned and brought with them, er, Graeme Murphy’s … Continue reading

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Le Corsaire – English National Ballet: London Coliseum, 13 January 2016

Piratanical It’s undeniable that Le Corsaire is a pretty silly ballet. Its jolly japeries concerning pirates, slaves and human traffickers doesn’t sit too comfortably on modern eyes and the story is virtually incomprehensible. What saves it, and what’s kept it … Continue reading

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