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Review: Cinderella, Russian State Ballet of Siberia, Ipswich Regent

PUBLISHED: 15:04 11 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:04 11 February 2018

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia, accompanied by The Orchestra of the Russian State Ballet, return to Ipswich with three more productions - The Snow Maiden, Cinderella and The Nutcracker. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia, accompanied by The Orchestra of the Russian State Ballet, return to Ipswich with three more productions - The Snow Maiden, Cinderella and The Nutcracker. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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“Will the ballet shoe fit?” was the question on Friday, as The Russian State Ballet of Siberia returned, for their second night at the Ipswich Regent.

The company’s rendition of the classic fairytale Cinderella, cleverly choreographed by Sergei Bobrov, was a magical and comical feat, with Prokofiev’s celebrated music beautifully played by the 30-piece orchestra.

The opening act found principle dancer Anna Fedosova, in the drab grey costume of the oppressed servant girl, forced to dust and sweep around her half-witted relatives. The step-sisters and domineering stepmother, played in travesti by Georgiy Bolsunovskiy, provided some humorous relief, wrinkling their noses in time with the horns and issuing chuckles from the audience.

Anticipation heightened for the big reveal of the ball gown, and once the poised Elena Svinko revealed herself as the Fairy Godmother, things began to get sparkly. Lilac pixies, deep red roses, and a bright orange pumpkin whirled and twirled in preparation for the main event, while some ominous-looking Time Heralds stomped out the perils of going past midnight.

Dmitry Diachkov jetéd across the stage as the prince, and the dynamic between him and Fedosova worked very well – one lift merited a coo from a possibly young aspiring ballerina in the audience.

As always, the Russian State Ballet’s performance on Friday was a treat for all ages. Long may their visits to Ipswich continue.

A man arrested after reportedly being armed with a gun and allegedly holding a young woman against her will at a house in Ipswich this morning has been released under investigation, pending further enquiries, police have said.

Police searching for missing Kesgrave man Paul Moore, who has not been seen for almost three weeks, have made an arrest.

Three people are due to appear in court on Monday after an elderly woman had her handbag stolen in Felixstowe town centre on Saturday afternoon.

With temperatures due to plunge and three days of snow warnings, calls are being made for neighbours to look out for the more vulnerable people in their communities.

Widespread snow has been forecast for Suffolk and Essex next week, starting on Monday morning. Find out here if your local school in Suffolk or Essex has been forced to close fully or partially on Monday.

Meet Ally – a devoted guide dog who is being forced to retire early after she was attacked six times in Suffolk.

Emergency services were called to a two-vehicle crash at a busy junction in Ipswich on Sunday night.

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