publication date: Mar 29, 2013
author/source: Anne Coates
Photo © David Jenson
Last year Harriet (then almost two) and I went to see My First Sleeping Beauty
. Harriet was entranced and still remembers scenes and having to shout to tell the reluctant prince to "Kiss her!"
Since then Harriet has started ballet lessons
and is one year older. We were both looking forward to My First Cinderella
at the Peacock Theatre
. This production is a superb introduction to theatre
.The auditorium was packed with excited children
– some dressed quite spectacularly – but as the curtain
rose there was complete silence...
Once again Jane Wymark
narrated the story, scripted by herself and choreographer/director George Williamson
, the music, of course, is by Sergei Prokofiev
. Jane Wymark
has a fabulous stage presence and encourages the audience to participate at the appropriate moments. The script is pitch perfect
and the dancers
were a joy to watch. The two step sisters
played to the gallery with their sibling rivalry
and unpleasantness and were very funny to watch dancing and behaving badly at the ball. The only time Harriet turned away was at the arrival on stage of the Jester
but she soon relaxed and enjoyed his stunning – and acrobatic – performance
. Cinderella and the Prince make a visually captivating pair.
My First Cinderella
has two acts lasting half an hour with a 20 minute interval for visits to the loo and buying ice creams. At the end Harriet just sat there and wouldn't move. "I don't want to go home. I want to see it again!
" Praise indeed!
Presented by the English National Ballet
and English National Ballet School
, the My First...
concept will create another generation of ballet
enthusiasts.PWT rating: ♥♥♥♥♥My First Cinderella
is on at the Peacock Theatre
until 4 April when it then goes on its UK tour