I always find my Mum a notoriously difficult person to buy gifts for. What do you buy someone that has everything?
Every Birthday and Christmas time I subtly probe for ideas… she never lets on… And then before you know it, it’s blooming Mother’s Day.
But this year I had decided that tickets were they way to go.
Mum had made a comment a few months back that the last time she had been to the Theatre Royal in St Helens was when she went to watch me perform in ballet shows as a child / tween / teen. I dread to think how many actual years ago this was…
Although we have been to the theatre a few times it’s mainly been city based. My Mum is one of my favourite people to spend time with so we usually make a night of it.
I knew that the Vienna Festival Ballet were in town. I’ve been to watch them perform delights such as Coppelia and the Nutcracker before so I knew they were worth the price of two tickets.
Vienna Festival Ballet: The Company
Celebrated Austrian dancer Peter Mallek founded the company after his illustrious career as a dancer of international renown, in 1980. Now in their 35th year of producing quality ballet productions, the company continues to experience remarkable success and perform great classical ballets all over the world.
Vienna Festival Ballet are known for their beautiful and lavish hand-made costumes as well as their commitment to bringing the greatest classical ballets to the widest possible audience. Their productions have all the elegance and extravagance associated with the best of ballet.
Swan Lake: The Ballet
The story centres around Prince Siegfried. While out hunting, the Prince meets with a flock of swans led by a Queen Swan who is under the evil spell of a magician Baron Rothbart. He falls in love with the Queen of the Swans and tries to free them all. However, the magician has a few tricks up his sleeve.
Swan Lake is probably the greatest and most popular of all ballets and this production offers specially designed glamorous costumes and beautiful sets which project colour and vitality to enhance the workings of the dancers, choreographer and the composer.
And I must say… ‘that’ dance of the Swan Lake was particularly magnificent in this performance.
The production includes all the essential ingredients to appeal to a wide audience base from youngsters wishing to see the art of ballet live on stage to those wishing to enjoy an evening offering a good story combined with music and dance.
The Venue: St Helens Theatre Royal
Small but perfectly formed. Hot drinks and cold drinks are available as well as confectionery. Service at the box office is always quick and polite.
The Theatre Royal is dainty and holds a wonderful atmosphere.
We had a really lovely time and particularly enjoyed the at atmosphere and interval ice cream.
What did you get up to this Mother’s Day?
Thanks for reading: Vienna Festival Ballet’s Swan Lake
*We were given complimentary tickets to the ballet in exchange for this review, however all opinions are our own*