Beauty and the Beast Ballet Bristol Hippodrome Review:
What a delightful piece of theatre, so calming, beautiful and exquisite in design. This was a masterful piece of cross-generational storytelling which is ideal for busy Bristol audiences needing time out.
This is the perfect ballet to take children to. It’s got a short and snappy running time of two hours which includes an interval. It gets in, tells the recognisable story and gets the job done without outstaying its welcome.
In the dark, dusty castle, taxidermy animals come to life. Candles light themselves and food is served by magic. The Birds winging Belle to the Castle is a wow moment, an incredible piece of breathtaking choreography.
Overall it’s a magical story neatly sidestepping the Stockholm Syndrome argument often levelled at the tale by a sharper focus on redemption and acceptance of difference.
Philip Prowse’s Gothic designs with Mark Jonathan’s stunning lighting combined to create a vision reminiscent of Ladybird Books 70’s Well Loved Tales series.
Delia Mathews as Belle and Tyrone Singleton as The Beast, headed the cast of wonderful dancers.
There’s nothing stuffy about this production. Birmingham Royal Ballet are really good at creating accessible ballets which are 100 per cent faithful to the art whilst entertaining and delighting audiences.
It’s at The Bristol Hippodrome until Saturday 04 May 2019, with additional opportunities to watch classes and a Friday show aimed at young children.
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