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Set in the glamorous era of 1950s Hollywood, this lavish performance is the latest of English Youth Ballet’s full-length ballets. As with their highly successful productions of Swan Lake and Giselle, EYB has added new music, characters and setting to allow for their cast of 100 young dancers. The principal roles of Cinderella, her Prince, The Fairy Godmother and Wicked Stepsisters will be performed by international, professional dancers. Cinderella in Hollywood promises to be fantastic evening of dance and music with a sprinkling of movie magic.
Now in its 21st year, English Youth Ballet provides professional performance experience for talented young dancers. It has built a national reputation for the quality of both its full-length classical ballets and mixed bill programmes, winning The Stage Award – for special achievement in regional theatre. The opportunity to watch English Youth Ballet is a unique experience; sell-out audiences are treated to beautiful international principal artists sharing the stage with the top up-and-coming talent from the local area (aged 8 -18). EYB’s large cast ensures the world’s favourite ballets are performed with the scale and grandeur which was originally intended. There are now ex-EYB young performers in some of the world’s best companies – including the Royal Ballet, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Joffrey Ballet.
Cinderella in Hollywood draws its inspiration from film star Grace Kelly, who met and fell in love with Prince Rainier of Monaco. In English Youth Ballet’s production, Cinderella is a seamstress working on a film set and her wicked stepsisters are Hollywood starlets competing with each other for film roles. Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother appears to her as her late mother - a former movie star of the 1930s. The Prince meets Cinderella at the party but, as in the original fairy-tale, at midnight she flees from the scene leaving a silver slipper as the only clue to her identity…
The choreography has been created by director Janet Lewis and her team of international principal artists who coach the young dancers. The music combines Shostakovich Jazz & Ballet Suites with memorable melodies from Hollywood films such as Tea for Two, Chinatown and Dancing in the Dark. The stunning new stage designs for the ballet are by Sebastian Petit and the costume designs are by Keith Bish
The scale of the ballet was truly staggering, culminating in a kaleidoscope of colour and outstanding talent’- Newcastle Evening Chronicle
Youngsters astounded audiences. With bright costumes and fantastic sets audiences were delighted- Kent Messenger
I was left with a sense of the thrill of performance and the joy of a tale well told. The principal dancers are joined by 100 young dancers and the enthusiasm is infectious- Eastern Daily Press
There has been a theatre on George Street for almost 170 years. The first theatre was built in 1836, and a second in 1886. In 1934, the third New Theatre opened. The theatre has been owned by several different companies and undergone several name changes. It is now owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group and hosts everything from ballet and opera to musicals.