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David Davies

05-04-01, 09:02 AM (GMT)
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"What can ail thee, Dr Jekyll?"
 
   To the dismay of their customers, the Theatre Royal in Bath has mailed everyone who booked for Jekyll and Hyde to announce that Northern Ballet Theatre has withdrawn the production from the company's tour to Bath, to be replaced by Romeo and Juliet.

So, as the Theatre Royal's cash registers ring out the refunds for disappointed Bathonians, we are left wondering why half of NBT's much-heralded horror double bill has has been dropped in favour of the marital horror seen in so many forms before, on the square, in the round, and probably upside down as well. Can anyone throw any light on this gothic mystery?


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  RE: What can ail thee, Dr Jekyll? Bruce Madmin 05-04-01 1
  RE: What can ail thee, Dr Jekyll? Stuart Sweeney 05-04-01 2
     RE: What can ail thee, Dr Jekyll? p.s.stammers 05-04-01 3
         RE: What can ail thee, Dr Jekyll? Carly 05-04-01 4
  RE: What can ail thee, Dr Jekyll? Robert 05-04-01 5

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Bruce Madmin

05-04-01, 09:07 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: What can ail thee, Dr Jekyll?"
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   Er... its not selling so well I think. I saw J&H and have a review of it, and Ballet Central tour, in draft. Suffice it to say that J&H is not one of NBT's best - actually probably the worst of the ones I've seen.


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Stuart Sweeney

05-04-01, 10:07 AM (GMT)
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   It sounds as though you are getting the best of the deal David. I haven't seen it, but I have heard fron several sources that the NBT 'R&J' is one of their best productions. Ironically the choreography is also by Morricone, the creator of 'J&H', which has not been well recieved.


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p.s.stammers

05-04-01, 10:18 AM (GMT)
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   Unfortunately NBT lost costumes and scenary in a fire last week at their headquaters in Leeds. It happened during the early hours of Friday morning and they spent Friday and I expect the weekend trying to salvage costumes and shoes. It was reported in the Leeds press and local TV, but not nationally. They said future productions may be in at risk. Well done that they could salvage something the pictures showed at lot of fire damage.
Pauline


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Carly

05-04-01, 12:42 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: What can ail thee, Dr Jekyll?"
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   J&H is on in Glasgow this week so presumably costumes and scenery are not a problem.
Personally I'd be delighted to hear that tomorrows performance was being replaced by R&J - definitely worth seeing. Sounds like lucky Bath to me. Hold on to your tickets.


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Robert

05-04-01, 03:57 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: What can ail thee, Dr Jekyll?"
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   After the terrible reviews, I went to see Jekyll & Hyde at Wycombe last week. It has some problems but is not as awful as the critics say. The audience last Thursday included quite a lot of young people, even boys, and they appeared to enjoy it, giving a good round of applause at the end.
My opinion is that they could not simplify the story to make a good Ballet from it. Morricone who is interested in cinema broke up the whole evening with tedious and unnecessary filmed sequences, which detracted from the dance. Although some of the costumes were good, (not the bare bummed chorus!) the choice of a German expressionist theme was not right for this very British Victorian drama. so they helped to detract from the rather muddled narrative. With Dracula the filmmaker Ken Russell who had been involved with dance suggested the idea for the Ballet. The scenario for the dance was excellent and Michael Pink’s choreography works I am afraid that with Jeckyll and Hyde there is no form to the story.
I spent Wednesday and Friday painting the dancers at class, and heard the news of the fire. whilst with them. The sets for Jekyll & Hyde have certainly not been burnt as they were at High Wycombe but they may have lost backup costumes. No one on Friday was sure what they had lost as the police had closed the site. As they are now doing Romeo and Juliet at Bath I assume that those sets and costumes have survived. I recommend anyone to go and see it; I prefer it to the RB version! It is always well received and the dancers are good. I hope that with all the bad luck they have had in recent years, with the untimely death of Christopher Gable, the short stay of his replacement and now a fire things can only get better.


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