The combination of story, music and dance in The Royal Ballet’s Cinderella is a great way for all ages to discover the joy of great ballet. The famous fairytale elements are there: the spiteful Step-sisters, the Fairy Godmother, the ball, the striking clock. And at the centre is Cinderella whose rags-to-riches journey finally unites her with her handsome Prince.
Frederick Ashton’s ballet is especially demanding in its principal roles – with moments of breathtaking brilliance and great charm. It is the perfect way to enjoy some of the world’s greatest dancers bringing ballet to life. There are magical moments, as when Cinderella makes her entrance to the ball and her pas de deux with the Prince. But there is also humour with the Step-sisters, tussling with each other as well as failing to charm anyone else.
Prokofiev’s music is one of the great 20th-century ballet scores – here conducted by Pavel Sorokin and Royal Ballet Music Director BarryWordsworth – so rich in atmosphere and full of orchestral colour, a perfect complement to the stage pictures. Everything comes together for a perfect Easter treat with The Royal Ballet.