Romeo and Juliet at Chichester Festival Theatre

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REVIEW: Beauty and The Beast at Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham

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The world-renowned story of two star-crossed lovers who meet a tragic end is brought to life in this wonderfully creative and captivating production.

Superbly accompanied by the Moscow Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Igor Shavruk, the precision, flare and raw emotion displayed by the principals was completely enthralling.

Prokofiev’s invigorating score allowed the corps de ballet to really shine, especially during the symbolic prologue, which reflected the dramatic action about to follow.

Talgat Kozhabaev delivered a menacing, mesmerising performance as Juliet’s cousin Tybalt. His vehement aggression and absolute embodiment of the character was intensely charismatic.

Similarly enchanting was Artem Minakov’s jovial Mercutio, whose effortless style and sincerity brought warmth and charm to an otherwise potentially shallow character.

By the third act Liliya Orekhova really came alive, demonstrating Juliet’s tormented anguish with poise and grace.

The climax of the story was truly breathtaking; Romeo’s haunting dance with the ‘dead’ Juliet and her silent scream when she realises her lover’s fate was extremely powerful.

An exquisite, utterly spellbinding production of a true classic.

Until January 4.

BETH EVANS