Somebody had to do it, sometime. A two-and-a-half-hour score by Britain's greatest composer is not to be consigned to the scrap heap without a fair trial, and nor is the final big ballet of Britain's second-greatest choreographer.
Thus it has fallen to Dame Monica Mason, in her last months as artistic director of the Royal Ballet, to give The Prince of the Pagodas one last chance.
A related review by Luke Jennings for The Guardian:
Monica Mason, artistic director of the Royal Ballet, retires at the end of this season. As a dancer she was a muse of the choreographer Kenneth MacMillan, and has championed his works over the decade-long course of her directorship. Mason's parting gift to the company is a revival of MacMillan's 1989 evening-length ballet The Prince of the Pagodas. Set to a score by Benjamin Britten, the work is a fairytale about an ailing king, a good and an evil daughter and a prince transformed into a reptile.