I’ve loved the story of The Little Mermaid ever since I was a little girl, and it’s still one of my favourites today. I was so excited to see Northern Ballet’s new adaptation of the original classic by Hans Christian Anderson.

Courtesy of Emma Kauldhar.

Courtesy of Emma Kauldhar.

This was my first experience of a Northern Ballet production and whilst I don’t tend to watch much classical ballet, it is a style that I am in awe of. It is completely engaging and I feel so relaxed when watching.

The Little Mermaid is unlike any ballet production I’ve seen before. It has clearly been a complete labour of love, the detail and thought that has gone into every aspect of it is remarkable. Set in a magnificent underwater world, the set design, lighting, costumes and choreography have been well developed in order to make the audience believe the action is taking place in the depths of the ocean.

The choreography is simply stunning. I am in awe of the dancers and their technical abilities. Their attention to detail and interpretative skills allow for myself to be completely engaged in the story. It is easy to follow and understand despite the constant changing of scenes, moving of scenery and introduction of various characters.

The whole production is magical. Abigail Prudames is captivating as Marilla and I am absolutely drawn in by her when she performs.  Joseph Taylor is a strong, powerful Prince Adair, with just the right amount of vulnerability. The ending is a surprise, different from the story we all know and love.

If you love ballet and modern adaptations, this is definitely one to watch. 4/5

Review written by Stacie Pollard.

The Little Mermaid was shown from Tuesday 14th until Saturday 18th November 2017 at the Marlowe Theatre. To find out more about the production, visit here…

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