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Royal Ballet Live Encore: La Bayadere

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Monday November 19, 7.15pm

Tickets £16/discounts £14

Natalia Makarova’s production of this 19th-century classic ballet brings an exotic world of temple dancers and noble warriors to life. Marius Petipa’s fantasy, set in legendary India, tells the tale of a temple dancer and the prince who loves her but marries another. The famous, moonlit ‘white act’ – The Kingdom of the Shades – is a corps de ballet highlight, as multiple images of the prince’s lost love haunt his mind. The choreography allows two opposing ballerinas to shine, while a bronze idol comes vividly to life in a stunning solo. Throughout, the melody and moods of Minkus’s music perfectly match the fluidity and precision of the classical choreography and the drama of the storytelling.

Phone 01293 553636 or visit parkwoodtheatres.co.uk.


Russian National Ballet: Swan Lake

The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham

Tuesday November 20, 7.30pm

Tickets £23

Russian National Ballet perform Swan Lake, one of Tchaikovsky’s best works, featuring some of ballet’s most memorable music and breath-taking dance. It is a tale of two young women, Odette and Odilie, who resembles each other so strikingly one can easily be mistaken for the other. Odette is turned into a swan by an evil curse. Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful young woman he is instantly captivated – will his love prove strong enough to break the evil spell that she is under?

Phone 01403 750220 or visit thecapitolhorsham.com.


Shakuntala

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Saturday November 24, 7pm

Tickets £12 and £10

Subrang Arts presents a new adaptation of Kālidāsa’s classic Indian poem Shakuntala, a romantic tale of love, loss and redemption. Shakuntala faces a challenging life: abandoned in a forest as a baby, then forgotten by her husband, King Dushyanta, due to a curse placed upon her. When facing the prospect of raising her son alone, she learns to gain the strength she needs and raises her son Bharat who eventually becomes the first Emperor of India. This spectacular dance drama, in Hindi with English surtitles, features a cast of more than 40 performers, colourful costumes, vibrant dances and multimedia projections.

Phone 01293 553636 or visit parkwoodtheatres.co.uk.


It’s Okay, I’m Dealing With It

The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove

Wednesday November 28, 8pm

Tickets £12.50 (£10 conc.) Age: 12+

Through their multi-award winning combination of dance, comedy and chat, The Hiccup Project ask what we do when things aren’t OK. Cristina and Chess have both experienced smashing their two front teeth. It affected them, and it got them thinking. In a culture preoccupied with keeping a stiff upper lip and for everything to always be ‘fine’: how do we deal with difficult things? What happens if we don’t want to deal with them? Sometimes we laugh, sometimes we cry and sometimes we try our best to distract ourselves. But don’t worry, it’s okay, we’re dealing with it. Through their multi award-winning combination of dance, comedy, chat and song, Cristina MacKerron and Chess Dillon-Reams (pictured) unravel their own struggles and vulnerabilities and try to piece together how to cope with them.

Phone 01273 201801 or visit theoldmarket.com.


ROH: The Nutcracker (12A)

Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing

Monday December 3, 7.15pm

Tickets £16.50 and £17.50/senior, student and child 14 and under £15.50 and £16.50

The Nutcracker is broadcast live from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, featuring music by Tchaikovsky. It’s a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Their journey to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments, such as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers. Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet keeps true to the spirit of this Russian ballet classic, with period details and dancing snowflakes. 

Phone 01903 206206 or visit worthingtheatres.co.uk.


ROH: The Nutcracker (12A)

Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing

Sunday December 9, 2pm

Tickets £15.50 and £14.50/senior, student and child 14 and under £14.50 and £13.50

The Nutcracker is broadcast live from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, featuring music by Tchaikovsky. It’s a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Their journey to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments, such as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers. Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet keeps true to the spirit of this Russian ballet classic, with period details and dancing snowflakes. 

Phone 01903 206206 or visit worthingtheatres.co.uk.


ROH: The Nutcracker (12A)

Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing

Wednesday December 26, 2pm

Tickets £15.50 and £14.50/senior, student and child 14 and under £14.50 and £13.50

The Nutcracker is broadcast live from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, featuring music by Tchaikovsky. It’s a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Their journey to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments, such as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers. Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet keeps true to the spirit of this Russian ballet classic, with period details and dancing snowflakes. 

Phone 01903 206206 or visit worthingtheatres.co.uk.


Sleeping Beauty

Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton

Saturday and Sunday December 29 and 30, 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Tickets £10-£19.50/u16s half price

Ballet Theatre UK’s talented young company of international dancers perform this enchanting production of Sleeping Beauty, set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious music. Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, Princess Aurora lives in a castle where fairies bestow her with gifts of beauty, temperament, purity, joy and generosity. The wicked Fairy Carabosse places a curse on Aurora – to prick her finger on a spinning wheel on her 16th birthday…and die! The beautiful and kind Lilac Fairy casts a spell to counter the curse so that instead of dying Aurora falls asleep for a hundred years. Only the touch of true love’s kiss can awaken her and undo the evil spell…

Phone 01273 709709 or visit brightondome.org.


Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals

Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton

Friday May 24, 7.30pm

Tickets from £39.05

Starring 10 of the popular professional dancers from the Strictly Come Dancing television series, the 35-date tour is dancing its way around the country. The line-up of magnificent dancers and Strictly TV favourites performing on the tour are: reigning Strictly champion Katya Jones; 2017 semi-finalist A J Pritchard; two-time Strictly finalist Giovanni Pernice; 2016 Strictly finalist Oti Mabuse; Australian Open Champion Dianne Buswell; Professional World Mambo Champion and former Strictly finalist Karen Clifton; two-time Ballroom and Latin World Champion Nadiya Bychkova; undefeated four-time British National Champion Neil Jones; three time Strictly semi-finalist Pasha Kovalev; and 2017 Strictly finalist Gorka Marquez.

Phone 0844 847 1515 or visit brightoncentre.co.uk.


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