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Distressingly vulgar: Royal Ballet’s Cinderella reviewed

8 April 2023

9:00 AM

8 April 2023

9:00 AM


Royal Opera House, in rep until 3 May

Despite its widespread rating as one of his masterpieces, Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella is chock full of knots, gaps and stumbling blocks – all of which the Royal Ballet’s new production throws into relief. Ashton isn’t altogether to blame: Prokofiev’s graphic score dictates an excessive amount of time given over to knockabout for the Ugly Sisters (mostly a matter of them bumping into each other) and a tiresome court jester.

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