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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Romeo and Juliet review – star-cross'd magic from Matthew Ball and Lauren Cuthbertson by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House, LondonThe principals lead an emotionally charged reprise of Royal Ballet’s old faithful At its premiere in 1965, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet broke new ground:…

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The one language we all speak: why dance is more popular than ever by Sarah Crompton

From TV’s ‘Strictly’ to films about Nureyev and Acosta, the art form once dismissed as elitist is everywhere. One dance critic explains why… It feels like the future,” says the BBC…

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Russell Maliphant and Vangelis: The Thread review – Greek is the word by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonMyth meets modernity in this profound and thrilling collaboration In the beginning there is a circle of dancers under a golden light, wrapped together like a liquoric…

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: Bon Voyage, Bob review – striving for significance by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonTanztheater Wuppertal’s magnificent dancers are let down by Alan Lucien Øyen’s stultifying meditation on loss What was it that made Pina Bausch so special? How d…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Elaine McDonald obituary by Sarah Crompton

Ballerina who helped build a bridge between classical ballet and the contemporary worldElaine McDonald, who has died aged 75, was one of Britain’s most distinctive ballerinas. Her role as …

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Until the Lions review – Akram Khan’s modern masterpiece by Sarah Crompton

Roundhouse, LondonKhan performs in his intensely beautiful take on the Mahabharata for the last timeAkram Khan made Until the Lions to be performed in the magical, circular space of London…

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Akram Khan: ‘My children have forced me to look at the future’ by Sarah Crompton

The dancer on fatherhood and the environment, patriarchy and myth – and the feminine nature of danceBorn in Wimbledon, where his father ran an Indian restaurant, Akram Khan, 44, is one of …

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Playwright Lynn Nottage: ‘We are a country that has lost our narrative’ by Sarah Crompton

As Sweat opens in London, the only female dramatist to win two Pulitzers talks about America’s left-behind, her intensive research – and why she’s writing about Michael Jackson nextIt…

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Agatha Christie: the case of theatre's criminal mastermind by Sarah Crompton

The queen of the whodunnit has never gone away, but with John Malkovich playing Poirot and two radical stage adaptations, it’s no mystery why a new generation is falling for herThe interio…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

'He was flying': how Rudolph Nureyev defied gravity by Sarah Crompton

He was an explosively powerful dancer whose grace and beauty revolutionised ballet. Has anyone ever leapt higher? As two Nureyev films appear, we remember the impoverished Russian kid who el…

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Pierre Rigal: Scandale review – a little more va-va-voom? by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonA French hip-hop dance show is elegant and intellectually robust but it never really gets going“This is hip-hop dance theatre at its most curious,” the programme …

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

William Forsythe: 'Ballet demands strength that few would be willing to muster' by Sarah Crompton

The dance titan has returned to his home country, and classical dance, after years spent reshaping the art form in EuropeAt the age of 68, choreographer William Forsythe finds himself coming…

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Kenneth Branagh: ‘I want you to smell the steam of the Orient Express’ by Sarah Crompton

The actor-director’s latest film, Murder on the Orient Express, boasts a stellar cast, including Branagh himself as Poirot. He discusses magnificent moustaches, moral brooding and the pass…

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Mariinsky Ballet: La Bayadère; Contrasts review – truly elevated company by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House, LondonEven when ballet gets silly, the Mariinsky’s dancers are in a class of their ownThere are two processions in La Bayadère. The most famous is in the scene known as…

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Swan Lake/Don Quixote review – Xander Parish earns his Mariinsky wings by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House, LondonThe British dancer is made a company principal after starring as Prince Siegfried opposite the dazzling Viktoria TereshkinaAt the beginning of the lakeside scene in …

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Boris Charmatz’s 10,000 Gestures: pushing forward, one step at a time by Sarah Crompton

Boris Charmatz’s blistering new work is, he says, like life – a blizzard of unique moves, never repeatedIt’s the idea of dance, the thought behind movement that most fascinates th…

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Review: Grammy Award-Winner SHEENA EASTON makes her West End debut in thrilling revival of "42ND ST" by Sarah Crompton

What you go to "42ND Street" for is the endless catalog of catchy songs from "Lullaby of Broadway" to "Shuffle off to Buffalo" and tap routines by RANDY SKINNER so vigorous they make your f…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

An American in Paris is brings joie de vivre to London by Sarah Crompton

Vincente Minnelli’s daring MGM musical starred the 17-year-old Leslie Caron, had a staggeringly ambitious ballet sequence and became a surprise Oscar winner. Now it’s become a Tony-winni…

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

How Ruth Wilson discovered the heart of Hedda Gabler by Sarah Crompton

As they prepare to stage Hedda Gabler at the National Theatre, Ruth Wilson and director Ivo van Hove discuss a character who is at once tragic heroine and conniving monsterIn the summer of 1…

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Bolshoi Confidential by Simon Morrison review – sex, revolution and acid attacks by Sarah Crompton

The story of Russia’s flagship dance company, from the patronage of the tsars to surveillance by the KGB, mirrors the country’s tempestuous recent historyThis massive survey of the 240-y…

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Elevated visions: how William Forsythe changed the face of dance by Sarah Crompton

Forsythe’s 1987 ballet In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated was commissioned by Rudolf Nureyev and starred the young Sylvie Guillem – and it electrified the ballet world. So what made this w…

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Scottish Ballet: Crystal Pite; Angelin Preljoçaj review – one great, one good by Sarah Crompton

Festival theatre, EdinburghPite’s Emergence works wonders with the hive mind, while Preljoçaj’s MC 14/22 visits male bodies by way of the apostlesEvery ballet company in the world curre…

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Monumental review – everything’s turned up by Sarah Crompton

Playhouse, EdinburghDance company Holy Body Tattoo and cult band Godspeed You! Black Emperor combine to exhausting but euphoric effect“Warning. This performance contains loud music”, rea…

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Taming of the Shrew review – the Bolshoi lets its hair down by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House, LondonDivine dancing, evocative staging and a sympathetic adaptation make perfect sense of Shakespeare’s difficult playWatching the Bolshoi in Jean-Christophe Maillot’…

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Don Quixote review – the Bolshoi puts its best foot forward by Sarah Crompton

Royal Opera House, LondonStrutting matadors, fiery señoritas and outstanding soloists show the scandal-hit company at its virtuoso bestWhen I was first learning about ballet as a child I re…

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Taming of the Shrew – a show of unity from the Bolshoi by Sarah Crompton

When crisis hit the Bolshoi, choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot assumed his new production would be postponed. In fact, he tells Sarah Crompton, his ballet has united a divided company“…

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Carlos Acosta in Cuba: a revolutionary movement by Sarah Crompton

This summer Sadler’s Wells stages a season of Cuban dance. Sarah Crompton travels to the island to talk to returning hero Carlos Acosta about setting up a new company in a society on the v…

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Aladdin review – charisma and crackle by Sarah Crompton

Prince Edward theatre, LondonDisney’s Broadway hit is an energetic, Lurex-lined extravaganzaDisney’s Aladdin, arriving in the West End two years after its Broadway debut, is a strangely …

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

JK Rowling: ‘Harry Potter’s world is always in my head’ by Sarah Crompton

The author, director John Tiffany and playwright Jack Thorne spent two years collaborating on The Cursed Child. On the eve of the theatrical event of the year, they discuss bringing the Pott…

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Friday, April 8, 2016

What is the appeal of Islamic State to young people? by Sarah Crompton

Guantánamo and the 2011 UK riots are subjects on which director Nicolas Kent and novelist Gillian Slovo have collaborated. But what was it like to work on their most provocative challenge?I…

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

From floodlights to footlights: why sport is winning out at the theatre by Sarah Crompton

Whether it’s Richard Bean’s new snooker drama at the Sheffield Crucible or plays about cycling or football managers, sport is coming to a theatre near you. So why has it become such fert…

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