Dance: Event Of The Week

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Cinderella/The Nutcracker

Royal Festival Hall/Lyceum Theatre

The Royal Ballet's Cinderella and Birmingham Royal Ballet's Nutcracker are the best dance versions around. Cinderella opens with Jonathan Cope and Darcey Bussell (above): yes, everybody's favourite ballerina, but no, the role does not fit her as well as Cinderella's shoe. The company as a whole is in poor shape and will not be favoured by the Royal Festival Hall's cramped stage. Will the Lyceum stage be a happier location for Birmingham Royal Ballet? You should see dancers at the peak of their form and most glamorous of the Sugar Plum Fairies and Princes are Monica Zamora and Wolfgang Stollwitzer.

Royal Ballet Cinderella, RFH, London SE1 (0171-960 4242) Tue to Sun 26 Dec.

Birmingham Royal Ballet Nutcracker, Lyceum Theatre, London WC2 (0870 606 3444) Tue to 9 Jan 1999