AN EVENING AT THE BALLET

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There’s something particularly special about an evening at the ballet. It’s a very olde worlde thing to do, and therefore one of my favourite. So, when I was invited to view the Scottish Ballet performance of Cinderella I was incredibly excited.

Living in Aberdeen, in the north of Scotland, I often think that there aren’t things such as the ballet or opera happening in the city but that’s really not the case. Almost every week there’s a great performance to see whether it be at His Majesty’s Theatre, the newly reopened Music Hall or The Lemon Tree. There really is something for everyone.

The ballet is most certainly not one of Cameron’s preferred ways to spend his evening and although he did offer to accompany, very sweetly, I took along a colleague from work who was very keen for the experience. We ate dinner close by beforehand and headed to HMT just before 7:30pm, collecting our tickets from the Box Office.

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Our seats were located in the Stalls, giving a great view of the stage as well as the orchestra, which was incredible throughout the performance.

Previous ballets that I’ve been to have sometimes been a little hard to follow however given how well-known the story of Cinderella is this one is great for everyone, even children. It’s amazing how without any spoken words but instead expression, costume and dance a great story can be told with emotion.

The performance lasted just under two and a half hours, including two intervals, and I loved every minute. I won’t tell you exactly what it was like because of course that would spoil everything, but what I will tell you is that it was magical and memorable. The live music, dreamy costume design and strength and ability of the artists was all mesmerising.

Cinderella is showing at HMT in Aberdeen from 16 – 19 January, in Inverness from 23 – 26 January and 30 January – 2 February in Newcastle.

Over the next six months there are some great other shows to see in Aberdeen. Here are some of my top picks:

·         Fiddler on the Roof

·         Jazz at the Blue Lamp

·         Russian Ballet Gala

·         RSNO Conducts Romeo and Juliet

·         RSNO The Music of Harry Potter

·         A Midsummer Night’s Dream

·         Scottish Ballet Spring!

·         The Magic Flute  

Thank you to Aberdeen Performing Arts for inviting me to see Scottish Ballet Cinderella.