Guest review by Leila Howl
Review of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake*
It was Saturday afternoon at the Birmingham Hippodrome, and I was fondly recalling the magic of the Nutcracker as a child. We decided that our trip to the ballet was well overdue when my grandmother chipped in with flashbacks to Margot Fonteyn at Covent Garden for half a crown**. With the Royal Ballet now comfortably based in Birmingham we had little excuse not to come, although the joys of inflation meant that our tickets were somewhat more expensive (by a factor of almost 500 for my grandmother)!
From the moment the lights dimmed and the excellent Symphonia struck the first chords of Tchaikovsky’s haunting score, the effect was captivating. The stunning court costumes and choreography were enhanced by clever lighting and deceptively simple scenery.
The dancing, of course, was beautiful. Initially I was concerned that Mathias Dingman as Benno might outshine the Prince himself, with…
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