Beauty And The Beast review: Northern Ballet at Hull New Theatre
Will Ramsey reviews a new production of Beauty And The Beast, at Hull New Theatre until Saturday.
Despite the gothic overtones – including a series of cracked and distorted mirrors – there’s a spring in the step of Northern Ballet’s new production.
It might be the humour – the Beast’s goblin minions, reeling about in formation, seem the most likeable bunch of goons this side of a Marx Brothers film.
Or it could be the stage design, which draws on influences from haute couture to punk rock – one of the goblins sports a Mohican – to create something that repeatedly surprises.
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But more than anything, it’s in the sheer quality of the performances in this ballet, danced to the music of composers including Saint-Saëns.
At the centre of the production is Ashley Dixon’s extraordinary turn as the Beast. He’s both naively trusting around his beloved, and prone to sudden, violent eruptions of rage.
As strange as it might sound, he’s both animal-like and graceful in the way he moves around the stage.
When & where: Tonight, 7.30pm; tomorrow 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Hull New Theatre, Kingston Square, Hull. Tickets £15.50-£32. Call 01482 300300.