Review: Swan Lake at Kings Theatre, Southsea

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This charming, more realistic adaptation of Swan Lake focused on the rivalry between Odette and Princess Odile rather than the traditional storyline of mistaken identity.

Janet Lewis MBE combined the recognisable, essential elements of Swan Lake, beautiful ballet and attention to detail that had the audience engaged from start to finish.

The contrasting costumes and smooth set transitions added dimension to the overall experience.

The tragic death of Prince Sergei dramatically concluded the show, which resulted in rapturous applause and several encores of the entire cast.

Steven Wheeler, the menacing Rothbart, used Tchaikovsky’s rousing score to bring his wrath alive so effectively that he received jovial boos from the audience during the encore!

At times the stage looked a little crowded but this did not detract from the stunning performances by the cast – especially Amy Drew as the Black Swan who dazzled the audience with an endless number of pirouettes.

To think that this was all put together in 10 days, and half the cast comprised of Southsea English Youth Ballet students, some as young as eight, makes the entire production even more impressive.

What a beautiful way to spend an evening!