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Rachel Hellwig, January 2015

The dancing…is world-class all around, as you would expect from the Royal Ballet. As Alice, Lauren Cuthbertson is like a music-box ballerina in her seemingly effortless precision, line, and musicality—her technique so pure it’s almost startling. She also possesses a natural girlish playfulness and lightness that are ideally suited for the role. The other standout is Zenaida Yanowsky as the Queen of Hearts. Her acting is spot-on, and, even more impressively, her classical grace radiates so thoroughly through her every movement that you’re simultaneously in awe of how well she embodies her comical character and how she makes it so beautiful to watch—without dampening the fire of the satiric choreography. © 2015 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2014

Luxury packaged and just in time for Christmas, comes this spectacular Royal Ballet production of Lewis Carrol’s fantastical story set to music by Joby Talbot. Dramatic, riotously funny, Bob Crowley’s designs have pulled just about every visual trick in the book to capture Christopher Wheeldon’s fabulous choreography. Just tweaking the original story here and there, with the addition of the Gardener’s Boy who acts as the link between the various elements of the story and brings on stage a ballet partner for Alice. Using very explicit ballet sign language, the cast help the audience to understand the story, though you don’t need an explanation for the ‘show stopping’ Queen of Hearts scene with Zenauda Yanowsky at the helm. The childish appearance of Lauren Cuthbertson as Alice, is central to a large and quite sensational cast, with the artists of the Royal Ballet going way beyond the norm for a corps de ballet as they fill the stage with numerous characters. Costumes and sets must have cost a small fortune, and the video team have helped with some additional ‘tricks’, the cameras whizzing in and out of the stage action to catch every small event. Barry Wordsworth conducts a highly imaginative score, with the orchestra in fine form. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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