October 20 2014 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Cinderella will go to the ball in Hertford next week when the Vienna Festival Ballet returns to the county town.
A downtrodden young girl, a glass slipper, two comical ugly step-sisters and a handsome prince combine to make the perfect piece of storytelling.
It can only be Cinderella, and the classic tale will be brought to the Hertford Theatre stage by the Vienna Festival Ballet next weekend.
Having already performed the piece at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City, the acclaimed ballet company will be appearing at the theatre in The Wash, Hertford, on Saturday, April 12 at 7.45pm.
A spokeswoman for the venue said: “This is a great show for fans of ballet but also family audiences, looking to bring their family to an extra special night at the theatre with a story children will be familiar with.”
Choreographed by Sheila Styles, the story of Cinderella is one of the best known rags-to-riches fairy tales and Vienna Festival Ballet’s full-length version has all the familiar ingredients.
The Fairy Godmother enables Cinderella to go to the ball, and she falls in love with the Prince.
With a collection of music taken from the vast array from great Italian composer Rossini’s most famous operatic achievements, a magical melange of music has been chosen that is sure to astonish and amaze.
Peter Mallek, artistic director, appointed Chris Nicholls, renowned conductor and musical director, to rearrange and rewrite the ballet score.
The music was then recorded especially for the company by the leading orchestra in Kosice, Slovakia, conducted by Nicholls himself.
Audiences will recognise some of Rossini’s most famous operas within the ballet – La Cenerentola, The Italian Girl in Algiers and Silken Ladder – which all add to the magical fantasy world of Cinderella.
Tickets for Cinderella at the Hertford Theatre on Saturday, April 12 cost £18.50, concessions £16.50, schools £13 and family ticket £65. All plus transaction fees.
Online bookings of up to nine tickets will be subject to a single £2.50 transaction fee.
There is an additional charge of 60p for postage or collect for free from the box office.
For bookings of nine plus contact the box office directly on 01992 531500.