20 October 2015
Reviewed by Rachael Osborne
Last night we went to the Milton Keynes Theatre in Milton Keynes. There was ample pay and display parking nearby, and after 6pm parking where we were (next to John Lewis) was free. The theatre was clean, welcoming and had a wonderful ambience with a pianist playing the grand piano. We were met at the door and warmly welcomed by the staff. All the staff that we interacted with were very helpful and polite. The toilets were lovely and clean and easy to find.
Lest We Forget was performed by the National English Ballet. The purpose of this production was to mark the Centenary of WW1. English National Ballet’s Artistic Director Tamara Rojo asked three different choreographers to create danceworks marking the centenary.
The performance was split into three different dances. No Man’s Land choreographed by Liam Scarlett, Second Breath choreographed by Russell Maliphant, and Dust choreographed by Akram Khan. There was a small interval between each dance. At the Theatre MK you can order drinks from your seat either by holding up the menu or using the ATG app. They will then be delivered to you pre-show or during the interval.
From the start we were captivated by the skill and elegance of the dancers on the stage. The choreography was breath-taking and powerful. The audience were captivated and barely moved during the pieces. They were all beautiful, emotional thought-provoking pieces. It was interesting to see the blend of classical ballet with contemporary dance.
The set was simplistic and perfectly suited the style of the show. The costumes were ideal and perfectly suited the style of the dances. The music from the outset was powerful and emotional sending the audience on an emotional journey, and perfectly complimenting the stunning choreography. It was a stunning performance and well worth watching, especially if you like to see the blend of classical and contemporary. I would recommend that children aren’t taken to see it, given the emotional nature of the piece.
A breath taking performance!
English National Ballet’s Lest We Forget is on tour until 24 November 2015. For more information visit www.ballet.org.uk/whats-on/lestweforget.
English National Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet is at Milton Keynes Theatre from 22-24 October 2015, tickets cost from £11.90 to £48.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee). For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 8717652.
Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK9 3NZ