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Scot­tish Bal­let’s Cin­derella Fes­ti­val The­atre, Ed­in­burgh Dec 8 to Dec 30; tour­ing

SCOT­TISH Bal­let present their spec­tac­u­lar Cin­derella this win­ter, open­ing on De­cem­ber 8 at the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val The­atre be­fore tour­ing to Glas­gow, Aberdeen, In­ver­ness and New­cas­tle in Jan­uary.

Di­rected by Scot­tish Bal­let’s artis­tic di­rec­tor Christo­pher Hamp­son, the run follows its Eu­ro­pean pre­miere in 201, which saw Bethany Kings­ley-Gar­ner ac­claimed for her per­for­mance as the put-upon girl who longs to go to the ball.

Set to Prokofiev’s score per­formed live by the Scot­tish Bal­let Orches­tra, Cin­derella is the last pro­duc­tion be­fore the com­pany cel­e­brates its 50th birth­day next year. The prin­ci­pal dancer is again tak­ing up the role this fes­tive season, dur­ing which Scot­tish Bal­let say they will get through around 600 pairs of pointe shoes.

As Cin­derella, Kings­ley-Gar­ner will need three pairs per evening, one for each act. The com­pany is hold­ing an ap­peal for the shoes, which are made to the same de­sign and method as Mar­got Fonteyn would have worn, en­tirely be­spoke and from scratch. Kings­ley-Gar­ner’s prepa­ra­tions for the two-month run in­clude go­ing for runs late at night.

“I have to do it then as that’s when the per­for­mances hap­pen, when we’re used to eat­ing our tea and watch­ing Strictly Come Danc­ing,” she says.

Scot­tish Bal­let’s prin­ci­pal bal­le­rina Bethany Kings­ley-Gar­ner re­turns to star as Cin­derella

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