Magazine article Musical Opinion

Birmingham Royal Ballet at the Wells

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Birmingham Royal Ballet at the Wells

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Birmingham Royal Ballet at the Wells

Solitaire was the first work in Birmingham Royal Ballets Triple Bill at Sadler's Wells on 25 October. It is a jolly piece, created by Kenneth MacMillan in 1956 to the music of Malcolm Arnold and designs of Kim Beresford, depicting a lonely girl who conjures up a succession of playmates. Viktoria Walton was very good as The Girl and she was well supported by the rest of the cast.

Checkmate, which was created by Ninette de Valois in 1937 to music by Arthur Bliss with designs by McKnight Kauffer is one of the stalwart classics in the British repertoire. It was premiered by Sadler's Wells Ballet in the Theatre des Champs-Elysées on 17 June 1937 on their first visit to Paris. On this occasion it was well performed but I have to admit that I find it overlong and a trifle dated.

The final work was The Lady and the Fool, created by John Cranko in 1954 and set to music by Verdi arranged by Charles Mackerras. …

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