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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2006 9:39 am 
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The Canterville Ghost
by JUDITH MACKRELL for the Guardian

Yet, even without Baker's voiceover, the creators of this masterful little ballet have made the plot delightfully easy to follow. Designers Dick Bird and Sue Blane whisk the setting at ingenious speed from English stately home to ghostly underworld, while a sympathetically colourful score from Martin Ward lifts Tuckett to his most exuberant choreographic form.

published: May 27, 2006
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Lively dancers, lifeless show
by ZOE ANDERSON for the Independent

Dick Bird's set is satisfyingly theatrical. He frames the stage with a false proscenium and opera boxes. The ballet becomes a play-within-a-playhouse, with ghosts popping up in the boxes.Sue Blane dresses the dancers in bold colours and Edwardian frills, leaving them plenty of room to move.

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by DEBRA CRAINE for the Times

Opening-night performances were outstanding, despite the fact that halfway through the production lost its Ghost. André Portásio, who had been dancing his heart out as an especially dashing Sir Simon, was badly injured at the end of Act I. It was a measure of how much the audience was enjoying itself that they stayed the extra half hour while James Streeter, the replacement Ghost, was ferried to the theatre by cab.

published: May 29, 2006
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Not quite in its original spirit
by DAVID DOUGILL for the Sunday Times

His last words to Virginia, in a voice-over script-narration that is too often distracting, fruitily delivered by Tom Baker, are: “Remember — if ever you’re bored, I can always drop by.” This is a big divergence from Wilde, whose Canterville Ghost was finally laid to eternal rest (and redemption) by Virginia’s compassion.

published: June 4, 2006
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The Canterville Ghost
By Gavin Roebuck

This dance work is based on Oscar Wilde’s spooky novella. Michael West adapts the story and, to help explain the plot, there is a recorded narration by Tom Baker at strategic moments. Clearly choreographer Will Tucket doesn’t feel able to rely on dance alone.

Aimed at children, the two halves of about an hour each are perhaps a tad long to hold the attention of the younger ones.

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