Georgina Butler photographed outside in a tranquil garden, during a classical ballet photo shoot. She is sideways on to the viewer, in a kneeling swan pose, with an arched back and her gaze directed up to the sky.

REVIEW: Northern Ballet’s ‘Cleopatra’ – Milton Keynes Theatre, May 2011


Northern Ballet’s Cleopatra is a mesmerising production that beautifully illustrates the company’s strengths.

The show takes the audience on a journey akin to wandering through an extravagant museum exhibition, effectively bringing ancient Egypt to life. Production and choreography – from the hieroglyphics projected onto the backdrop to the stances adopted by the dancers – combine to evoke the era in an absorbing spectacle.

Choreographer David Nixon packs a lot into the narrative. This is necessary, of course, to portray the full story of courageous Cleopatra and her triumphant rise as the Pharaoh Queen.


Northern Ballet dancers in Cleopatra, a ballet by David Nixon. Kenneth Tindall as Wadjet and Martha Leebolt as Cleopatra.


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