ENGLISH National Ballet has one of the most respected
reputations in the world of dance. So it can only be
good news that they’ve returned to Manchester Palace
Theatre with their much praised all-time favourite
This top-notch Derek Dean production has delighted
Manchester in the past. After all, it has been around
for more than a dozen years.
A capacity audience was enthralled, and the
ballet unfolded like a magic carpet of fantasy. The
ordinariness of the outside world was put on hold for
three sumptuous hours.
The deep and heady mood swings which captivated
and chilled hearts throughout were perfectly
balanced with the show-stopping set pieces danced to
perfection to Tchaikovsky’s mesmeric score.
This Swan Lake provided lasting images – uppermost,
the swans mysterious rising from a thick carpet of on-
stage mist, as well at the always lip-curling Dance of
the Sugar Plum Fairy, and the traditional sweeping
entrance of the court in their swirling crimson and dark
The whole company was on top form, never putting a
foot wrong. In fact dancing every step to a wonderfully
This love story with its supern ability to entertain
puts another award in the trophy . It is so very well
On until Saturday, October 11.