We’re really excited that the talented London Children’s Ballet are going to be performing their own spirited version of Nanny McPhee this year. Packed with humour, fiendish trickery and budding romance, the story tells of a father with seven unruly children in desperate need of some discipline. The children’s terrible behaviour has driven away every nanny in the village until one day a curious stranger comes into their lives!
The London Children’s Ballet was founded in 1994 as a charity to give talented young dancers, whatever their background, the opportunity to perform as part of a professional ballet production. They have performed more than 13 ballets, including The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Snow White, Ballet Shoes and Rumpelstiltskin. They support young composers and choreographers by commissioning them to create new full length ballets. Although their dancers are young, their productions are of a really high standard and are always a sell-out success.
Here are some fun extracts from ‘The Secret Garden’ which ran last year:
You can also watch London Children’s Ballet’s performance of The Little Princess for FREE on YouTube. This was a lovely gesture by the ballet company to allow every child around the world to enjoy a full length ballet for free:
With the Channel 4 series ‘Big Ballet’ just premiering, which focus’s on people’s ability to dance, regardless of their size, it’s nice to note the similarity in London Children’s Ballet’s approach. This quote is from the LCB website:
” London Children’s Ballet (LCB) was founded in 1994 to give talented young dancers age 9-14 (boys 9-16) a unique opportunity to perform as part of a professional ballet production. The 6-month audition to performance experience is free and the company of 55 is an exuberant and mixed bunch united by their passion for dance. LCB stands apart from other dance companies as the audition judges look for children who, regardless of physique, have that special star quality that makes a dancer beautiful to watch.”
You can also find out more about the London Children’s Ballet in this interview with professional ballet dancer Jonathan Cope:
Nanny Mcphee runs from the 25th-27th April at the Peacock Theatre in London. Book tickets here.
If anyone goes, do keep us posted and let us know what you think.
We hope you have a ballet-filled week, from the Twinkle Team 🙂