|Theatre Royal, Bath
Two years ago my daughter, Sarah, took me to see The Nutcracker ballet at the Sydney Opera House. It was the most wonderful, sumptuous production of a classic. When Paul and I saw that it was being performed by the St Petersburg Ballet Company at our local theatre in Bath we bought tickets straightaway.
Last night we braved the freezing temperatures and drove into Bath and had a tasty early supper before heading off to The Theatre Royal. This Georgian theatre is very old, built in 1805; it is also quite small so I knew the production would not compare on scale, scenery, acoustics etc. to the Sydney Opera House but I was expecting a polished performance from a Russian ballet company.
When the curtain went up I was so disappointed, no lavish scenery here, just a painted Christmas Tree. When the dancers came on there was an abundance of polyester, I think their costumes had come from Primark. It was amateurish at best and quite frankly I would expect a better performance from the local dance school. One of the highlights of the Australian version for me was the dance with the mice and the Mouse King so I could only watch in disbelief when a large radio controlled fluffy mouse appeared on stage.
Sadly when the curtain went down after the first act we grabbed our coats and departed. We didn’t even stay to see the Sugar Plum Fairy.
|an abundance of polyester