Three Musketeers

Norwich Theatre Royal

Norwich Theatre Royal

How fitting that the Northern Ballet Theatre should stage the last show before the theatre closes for its £10m refit.

The Leeds-based company has been a regular, and very popular, visitor to the theatre for several years and brings one of its latest productions for a very swash buckling finale.

The production, very much a narrative dance rather than a traditional ballet, is a lively affair, with plenty of highly dandy musketeers and buxom dancing girls performing to the splendid Sir Malcolm Arnold score.

It tells the well-known tale of the three musketeers and their wanabe, D'Artagnan, and is a great piece for the guys, with plenty of sword play and male bonding.

But, for my money, the girls produce the best performances - Martha Leebolt excels as Constance, D'Artagnan's love interest, while Desire Samaai is faultless as Lady de Winter, a baddie.

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The company's artistic director David Nixon has both choreographed and directed the piece as well as designed the beautiful costumes so this is clearly a project dear to his heart.

The company is back next year with A Midsummer Night's Dream. Watch out for it.

The show continues until Saturday, March 31, call 01603 630000.

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