Scottish Ballet’s magical performance of Cinderella at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh features elegant dancing, stunning costumes, beautiful scenery and even a little slapstick humour courtesy of the ugly sisters.
No story of Cinderella is complete without a little magic and the imagination used in Scottish Ballet’s production gives it a true fairy tale feel with dazzling costumes and a vibrant art nouveau style set combining with Christopher Hampson’s skilled choreography to weave nature throughout the performance.
Jamiel Laurence’s grasshopper as the dancing master is so cleverly portrayed that energy seems to radiate from the stage, while the spiders/tailors, in their gossamer finery, use their dressmakers’ tapes to create intricate patterns culminating in Cinderella at the centre of their web.
During the ballroom scene the witty performances of the ugly sisters creates a lighthearted foil to the grace of the other dancers, with a “come hither” look by one of the sisters being a particular highlight.
We all know there’ll be a happy ending, and Sophie Martin as Cinderella and Barnaby Rook-Bishop as the Prince, brought together under a gentle shower of tumbling rose petals, adds more than a sprinkling of fairy dust to this Christmas favourite.
Dates: Various dates until 30 December 2018
Venue: The Festival Theatre, 13-29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9FT
Image Credit: Andy Ross