Ballet telling a darker version of the fairy tale Rapunzel

BalletLORENT Rapunzel
BalletLORENT Rapunzel

Rapunzel, Cast

Internationally-renowned ballet company BalletLORENT make their first trip to the Doncaster venue with their version of the fairy tale Rapunzel tomorrow and Wednesday.

The story has been adapted by poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, marking her first dance collaboration.

Doctor Who composer Murray Gold and Game of Thrones costume designer Michele Clapton have also worked on the production.

Full of colour and emotion, this spellbinding retelling is narrated by Lesley Sharp and performed by a company of eight of BalletLORENT’s dancers, alongside ten young dancers from Doncaster, including three toddlers who have been invited to play freely on stage for a whole scene!

Director Liv Lorent said: “Most of us remember Rapunzel’s hair and the tower but we’re a bit hazy on the rest of the story.

“It has been told again and again and reinterpreted for children of today through versions like Disney’s Tangled but we’re telling an older, slightly darker version, more akin to its Grimm tale origins.

“We’ve included a part of the story which is usually neglected and will be telling it through the eyes of different characters.”

Also taking place tomorrow at Cast is a one-man adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s book Toro! Toro! It tells the story of young Antonito, who lives an idyllic life on his parent’s cattle farm in southern Spain. His peace is shattered when he realises that his favourite bull calf, Paco, is destined to fight in the bullring.

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