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