Those desperately in search of the festive spirit will be mildly interested to know that the Royal Dorset Ballet are reviving for the 11th successive season their now historic (and frankly creaky) version of Pyot'r Veryil'Yich Thrupovsky's The Threadbreaker in the now over-familiar Matthew Bone staging. The Opera House Hermitage is, as usual, the venue.
Publicity for the Royal Dorset Ballet's upcoming The Threadbreaker. The "family friendly" ballet was not uniformly well liked when it appeared more than 10 years ago.
Critics were lukewarm when the ballet first opened in 2008 ["absolute sh**e", "unbelievably naff" "a snore de force"] though those early performances were "saved from infamy" by the very special talents of prima ballerina Dame Alicia Marksallovara and primo ballerino Rudolf "The Red" Nozreyndya. Alas neither graces the stage in this revival supervised by upcoming in-house "talent" Che Thinxcheza-Jennius whose first major undertaking this is. Director General of the Royal Dorset Opera House Hermitage, Major Undertaking, spoke highly of Ms Thinxcheza-Jennius's work. "This is a difficult ballet to keep fresh", he said, "people know it so well and are, frankly, bored stiff by it. That Che has failed to give it the lift it needs is hardly surprising in the circumstances but we still think seats are good value at £200 a pop with interval smoked salmon sandwichettes reduced to £12 per round if you book in advance".
The revival cast is lead by Dorset favourites Alicia Dixonov-Dokgreene (Allergen-Free Super-Organic Fruitarian Fairy) and Carlos Acosta-Kofe (Professor Thrupiece) and has a full supporting ensemble of more than three dancers. The Thrupiece Philharmonic Orchestra is once again in the pit with Boris Stikwava deputising for an indisposed Irina Legova at the helm. Maestro Stikova is fresh from a Hornimint-sponsored Albanian tour of Trevor Herbert Mozart's Cosy Van Driver.
Tickets are still available with heavy discounts applying to any order of two tickets or more.
The souvenir poster may be downloaded HERE