Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Matthew Bourne's Cinderella

The Dancing Queen and I treated ourselves to a night at the ballet. Ive missed my theatre buddy since she has been away. We went to see Matthew Bourne's Cinderella.
Matthew Bourne is a fantastic choreographer - adding quirky twists to his work. The twist in Cinderella is that it is set in the blitz in London 1940, and it works very well.

The costumes, music, stage sets and dancing are all superb. My favourite scene is on the second set where just as you are taking your seats, a bomb drops (making you jump out of your skin!) and the curtain opens to devastation at the Cafe de Paris, with a fire blazing, the ceiling hanging down, and the guests lying dead. However, the fairy godfather de-constructs the set and restores it to what would have been the scene immediately before the bomb.

You know that I love a night out at the theatre. I love the way they still use real musician's, I love the way that special effects can happen before your eyes, I love all the clapping when the performers take their bows at the end. For the time that you are in the theatre, watching the ballet, play or musical, you are immersed in it. Its like stepping into another world, place and time.

This production by isn't quite as quirky as the other Matthew Bourne productions I have seen, but there are some cameo's of quirkiness that make it very different.

We loved it. If you get chance, go see it.

16 comments:

Clare said...

Oh I took my mum to see Matthew Bourne's The Nutcracker a few years ago - it was ace!
Clare
x

Jo said...

Sounds like a wonderful evening. It's years since I've been to a ballet.

potterjotter said...

Oh I just love a night at the Theatre. Will check if this is coming our way anytime soon. Thanks for the 'review'!

Rosie said...

Sounds wonderful! I agree about how exhilarating it is to see something live in the theatre - it is like stepping into another world:)

nicsnotebook.com said...

Oh I would love to see this - it was one of my goals for this year to go to the theatre more... Still have to go!!

Bee happy said...

You have been busy, out and about enjoying yourself! so glad you had a good time, it looks great.

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

Jackie, Erik, Jake, Drew said...

Oh how I do LOVE going to the theater and so very rearly do. So I love to kept swept away with your visits. Sounds absolutely wonderful. Big hug & kisses.

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

I love theatre and ballet too ... so magical ... another time ... doesn't it always feel weird when you step back out on the street and back to real life

Looking forward to my bun xxxx

Christy@WickedHappy said...

That sounds wonderful! So glad you were able to get the chance to see it. :)

lovethosecupcakes said...

I'm so envious. I missed it when it hit these parts.

Kathy said...

That sounds wonderful ... I haven't seen a ballet in years!
xxx

keshling said...

I too saw Nutcracker! with my daughter Red and we loved it!! I'm going to check whether this show is coming our way at all. Thanks for the review!

K xx

Ticking stripes said...

Matthew Bourne's work is wonderful - saw this was on when I was at the Crucible a couple of weeks ago. If ever you get the chance to see his Swan Lake or The Car Man go - two of the most wonderful things I've ever seen.
I'm booked onto Louise's workshop on 11th Sept finally - look forward to meeting you there!

Ticking stripes said...

By the way re Babycham glasses the beige ones are older than the yellow I think - I did some research a while back when I had some to sell.o the one at the front in the middle is the best one I think!

solomi558 said...

What a lucky lady ! the theatre must have been wonderful . It sounds very atmospheric , and babycham glasses too .
Can you still get babycham?--cottonreel
ksolomi@btinternet .com

Rowan said...

Must confess that I'm not usually a fan of modern productions but I think I'd like this as it's set in one of my favourite periods. Was it at the Lyceum?