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Robert Tanitch reviews Don Quixote by the Birmingham Royal Ballet at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London

DON QUIXOTE has been part of the ballet repertoire since 1869 and is one of Carlos Acosta’s favorite ballets. He performed it for the first time when he was sixteen. In 2013 he created his own production for the Royal Ballet.

Acosta has now created a production especially for the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Planned for 2020 but postponed by Covid, it has a new setting, new choreography and a new look. Tim Hatley is the designer. The show is lighter and much more touring.

The windmill’s transformation into a monster with huge hands is an awe-inspiring sight. However, the knight errant and his squire Sancho Panza play a minor role. Balletomanes go to Don Quixote for the 32 fouettés; not for Cervantes.

The ballet is a showcase for the dancers who are cast as young lovers. Momoko Hirata and Mathias Dingman as Kitri and Basilio take center stage in a stunning display of their talent.

Don Quixote is a ballet for virtuosos. Acosta ensures everyone has their moment, directors, soloists and corps members. Brandon Lawrence is a charismatic matador

The production is pure escapism. One divertissement quickly follows the other. Ludwig Minkus may not be Tchaikovsky; but his music is very melodic and very danceable.

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Robert Tanitch reviews Don Quixote by the Birmingham Royal Ballet at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London

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