A dazzling re-telling of the classic tale Aladdin brought to life through the entrancing magic of ballet will light up Mansfield Palace Theatre.
Dancers from Ballet Theatre UK will sweep the audience into an exotic world full of daring adventure, enchanting spells, unbelievable riches, treachery and, of course, true love.
Glittering outfits, created by the company’s costume designer Daniel Hope, will accompany the magic carpet ride at the Palace Theatre on Sunday, May 17, at 3pm.
He said: “We have taken the tale back to its origins in Persia allowing a lot of flexibility in designing the ideal look for Aladdin. I have drawn upon inspiration from Middle East cultivating in an amalgamation of colours and textures which truly embodies the exotic identity of our production.
“My favourite costumes are the Cave of Wonders, in which dancers portray rare stones and metals such as rubies, emeralds and amethysts. My wardrobe team and I have dedicated hours to deck the costumes in crystals and jewels to create the effect of unbelievable treasures.
“However, the opening market scene is bustling with full and lively colours, vibrant full circle skirts with beaded and bejewelled belly tops that mesh together and encapsulates the steamy heat a Moroccan market would have.”
Such precious costumes are well looked after when the company is on tour. Daniel said: “We have a member of staff that tours with the company to maintain every costume and prevent serious damage. Each costume has been embellished with over one hundred crystals and jewels and takes a lot of care to keep in perfect condition.”
Daniel has been designing the costumes for Ballet Theatre UK for five years. He said: “For a long time I have wanted to design costumes for Pinocchio as it is one of my childhood favourites. Now this dream will finally come true as Ballet Theatre UK will be touring in the spring of 2016.”
Tickets for Aladdin at the Palace Theatre cost £18.45 (full), £17.43 (concession), £12.30 (child), £53.30 (family of four). Contact 01623 633133 or www.mansfield.gov.uk/palacetheatre