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Tuesday, June 7


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A review of the Royal Ballet by Jenny Gilbert for The Arts Desk.


Only the principal casting reminds you that this is a world-class ballet company, admired especially for its dance-acting. Francesca Hayward (pictured above) and Marcelino Sambé (main picture) are luminous as the thwarted leading couple, prevented from coming together until an apocalyptic final scene. Laura Morera makes the best of a miserable role as the embittered mother who, even in death, finds a monstrous way to terrorise her daughter. Fans of the novel may find its episodes faithfully recreated in this huge and extravagantly expensive production, but the special pungency of the dish has gone.


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