Stop the plot, get on with the dance
Ismene Brown reviews Beauty and the Beast at the Hippodrome. From The Daily Telegraph:
David Bintley has courageously set aside his sure-fire Christmas hit Nutcracker this year, and created a big new Beauty and the Beast for Birmingham Royal Ballet. One can applaud his bravery, at least.
Plus points: the story is very good, the stage looks gothically splendid and the music is just fine. It starts alluringly with soft, orientalist forest sounds in the orchestra, rain-drips, bird-calls, insect-hums, and Belle looking for a book in a fine, gold library. As she reads it, the characters appear around her. A fox-hunting Prince is turned into a Beast, the hunted Vixen into a puckish girl, by a green wizard of the woods. Meanwhile, Belle's family provide a stock panto, with hard-up dad, two ugly sisters and a piggy suitor, and her loving father trades his favourite daughter to the Beast. click for more
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