Three Dancing Musketeers

The Northern Ballet Theatre is visiting Sadlers Wells this week with their production of The Three Musketeers, a full-length ballet covering part of the plot of Dumas's sprawling novel - the meeting of the Musketeers and D'Artagnan, and the plot concerning the Queen's diamonds. Choreographed by David Nixon to music drawn from the works of Sir Malcolm Arnold the ballet is well presented, in a changeable set which attractively represents the multiple settings.

Because the plot is quite complex, the ballet is necessarily divided into a number of scenes - 17 in point of fact - some of which are very brief: this does tend to give the whole thing a rather choppy feel. At the same time several of the scenes actually seem dragged out, with rather repetitive choreography, so perhaps the balance could have been a little better.

The principal dancers at yesterday's matinee were Christopher Hinton-Lewis as D'Artagnan, Martha Leebolt as Constance, Ginnie Ray as Lady De Winter, and John Hull, Martin Bell and Yi Song as the three Musketeers. Though the work was certainly entertaining, I did feel that some of the choreography was rather routine, and the whole production could have done with more 'snap'. I'm also not entirely sure of the wisdom of choosing Malcolm Arnold's music: much of his work has a distinct Celtic wind blowing through it, far removed from the sunny, hot and dangerous climate of Dumas's story.

Posted: Fri - June 8, 2007 at 10:26 AM by Roger Wilmut          



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