INTERVIEW with Wayne Sleep, November 2015

 

This Christmas, renowned British dancer, director, choreographer, actor and panellist Wayne Sleep will perform in pantomime at Milton Keynes Theatre.

Before the rehearsals began, Wayne had a bit of a chinwag with Georgina Butler

 

Famous for being the shortest male dancer to ever attend The Royal Ballet School (he is 5’2″), Wayne Sleep is best known for his career as a celebrated Senior Principal Dancer with The Royal Ballet. Numerous roles were created for him by some of the world’s greatest choreographers and he frequently featured as a guest artist with other companies.

Appointed OBE in 1998, Wayne has also received honorary degrees from the Universities of Exeter and Teesside; is a Patron of the British Ballet Organization; is a Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Dance and has two entries in The Guinness Book of Records. In addition to dancing, Wayne also acts and makes appearances as a dance judge and celebrity. His credits include West End, regional and touring theatre productions; television shows and films – not to mention a plethora of pantomimes!

 

Wayne Sleep. British dancer, director, choreographer, actor and panellist Wayne Sleep.

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REVIEW: ‘Peter Pan’ – Milton Keynes Theatre, December 2014

 

You don’t go to see a pantomime without expecting some kidding around and Peter Pan at Milton Keynes Theatre is guaranteed to bring out the child in everyone.

This year’s Yuletide extravaganza is an awfully big adventure that gives the tale of the boy who refuses to grow up a swashbuckling new lease of life.

Excitement was in the air when I attended a marvellous matinee performance on Friday. With Christmas Day itself less than a week away, youngsters from local schools — including Deanshanger Primary, Springfield Lower and Woodland Middle — were ending the term in seasonal style with a festive theatre visit.

Pantomime is probably one of the first experiences that most children have of the theatre. Going by the wide smiles and screams of delight (as every juvenile in the auditorium joined in with rounds of “he’s behind you”), the next generation of theatre-goers are well and truly hooked!

 

'Peter Pan' at Milton Keynes Theatre - Christmas 2014

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INTERVIEW with Flawless, December 2014

 

Stylish dance act Flawless rocketed to fame on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 and their supernova routines have yet to be eclipsed.

This Christmas they are starring as a pop-locking, hip-hopping pirate crew in Peter Pan at Milton Keynes Theatre.

Ahead of their onstage antics, the troupe met with Georgina Butler to show off some moves, talk about dance and share their efforts to revolutionise pantomime…

 

Flawless. Flawless Dance troupe.

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NEWS: Second Star to the right and straight on ’til morning: ‘Peter Pan’ Launch – Milton Keynes Theatre, October 2014

 

Family favourite Peter Pan is the pantomime that will be sprinkling fairy dust over audiences at Milton Keynes Theatre this Christmas.

This year is flying by and there is no greater indication that Christmas is just around the corner than the press call for the official launch of Milton Keynes Theatre’s annual pantomime.

Family favourite Peter Pan will be spreading festive cheer this year and the performers seem just as enchanted by the magic of panto as the theatregoers who flock to see them in action.

 

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NEWS: So, that was Christmas – December 2013

 

Lots of dance on television makes for a cracker of a Christmas

 

Christmas makes its presence felt as soon as the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing waltzes its way into the television schedule. When the sequin-covered participants take their first tentative steps onto the dance floor, I just know that the final quarter of the year will whizz by. Before we know it, the winning couple will be lifting the coveted glitterball trophy, and the nation will be frantically decking the halls.

Pantomime season means flocks of families visit the theatre for some festive cheer, while traditional productions of The Nutcracker (on the stage and on the big screen) delight balletomanes and newcomers alike.

But, once cosseted in our homes for the celebratory period (whether just for the big day itself, or for an extended break), it is more often than not the television that we rely on for entertainment. Dance fans were spoilt for choice with plenty of telly treats this Christmas. If this time of year is all about indulging in what you enjoy, I certainly fulfilled the brief when it came to setting time aside to view some gorgeous productions.

 

Alina Somova in the quintessential Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker (photo by Valentin Baranovsky, sourced from http://www.specticast.com/event_generic.jsp?xml=/xml/event/Nutcracker.xml)

Alina Somova in The Mariinsky Ballet’s 2011 production of The Nutcracker (photo by Valentin Baranovsky, sourced from SpectiCast.com)

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