I am a huge fan of Matthew Bourne's choreography. He throws anything boring and classical out the window and starts from scratch. The last show of his I saw was his adaptation of Edward Scissorhands with my sister. I remember thinking: "How can a ballet of this story work?" and then being so touched by what I saw that a tear ran down my cheek during the performance.
Probably most famous for his all-male Swan Lake, Matthew's unusual take on the Brothers Grimm's Cinderella is currently on stage at the legendary home of ballet, Sadler's Wells.
Set during the Blitz, the fabulous 1940s costuming, breathtaking score and dark, ominous staging transform a childhood favourite into a very grown-up fairytale of wartime romance.
If you think you don't like ballet, I dare you to check out his work. You may just be surprised :-)
The important details:
Cinderella: Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebury Avenue until January 23, 2011.
For tickets, visit www.sadlerswells.com or call 0844 412 4300.