Glyndebourne & Gershwin

ENB Gershwin 7
ENB Gershwin 7

GLYNDEBOURNE on Tour remain at Milton Keynes Theatre until Saturday, with further performances of La Boheme tomorrow evening, Don Pasquale on Saturday and tonight you get your only chance to watch Handel’s Rinaldo.

For the uninitiated, this has absolutely nothing to do with a premiership footballer, but is actually a spectacular tale of love, honour and righteousness.

Performances are at 7.15pm nightly and tickets range from £22.50 up to £75.

>From Tuesday the venue will host the English National Ballet, who will perform Strictly Gershwin.

This most sensational homage to George Gershwin, the big band era and the glamour and razzamatazz of musical motion pictures premiered at the Royal Albert Hall in 2008.

It is a truly wonderful feast for the eyes, with the full company of 67 dancers on hand to tap, twirl, jete and glide their way through the timeless classics, ably assisted by a live jazz orchestra.

Precision is everything.

Ballet, tap and ballroom will feature, and set wise you are in for an authentic retro treat – act one closes with a re-creation of the Hollywood classic An American in Paris.

When you’ve finished tucking into those half time ice cream refreshments, the curtain will rise and the audience will be met by Rhapsody in Blue, a ballet with the entire dance troupe dressed in glittering, Swarovski encrusted midnight blue costumes.

Sparkling is very much the word for this production, but then Strictly Gershwin is moulded around those fantastic tunes – Summertime, Fascinatin’ Rhythm, The Man I Love, Lady Be Good and Strike up the band among them.

Performances are nightly at 7.30pm through to Saturday, November 19, with additional matinees on Thursday at 2pm, and Saturday at 2.30pm.

Wonder at their moves, embrace the style, and heck, gaze a little jealously at the tremendous figures of those most fabulous dancers on the stage.

Tickets range between £10 and £43. To book yours, call 0844 871 7652.