Cleopatra’s beauty

Northern Ballet tell the story of Cleopatra at MK Theatre this week
Northern Ballet tell the story of Cleopatra at MK Theatre this week

WE may have recently lost the beloved Elizabeth Taylor who was hugely popular in the 1963 Hollywood film, but do not fear, Northern Ballet’s Cleopatra is coming to the stage from Tuesday, writes Amanda Devlin.

It has been hailed a must-see by critics and is making a brief appearance at MK Theatre from Tuesday.

The remarkable story explores the life of an iconic woman of her time. Known for her powerful nature and lust for men, this is sure to be an inspiring re-enactment told through the wonder of dance.

Artistic Director David Nixon has choreographed the delivery and spoke about the importance of Cleopatra as a character.

“I have been fascinated by the story of Cleopatra for a long time,” he began.

“I think it’s the name, it’s just so iconic.

“2,000 years later she is as popular as she ever was, in fact more so. I think the legend and the mystery of the woman grows rather than lessens.”

Cleopatra has continued to influence designers, stylists and artists and having been transformed by a group of established Northern Ballet collaborators with Nixon, this is yet another inspired piece in her name.

French composer Claude-Michel Schönberg, who is well known for his work in Les Miserables, is equally enthusiastic: “From the moment David Nixon suggested the ballet of Cleopatra, it took me five years to find an elusive spark of inspiration. I had to understand how sensuous the way of life was in Egypt, the opposite to the culture of Rome. I realised that the chaos of being in love with such a woman as Cleopatra put the Roman Emperor and his Empire in danger. That’s what the score is trying to reflect without falling into cliches associated with that era. The relationship between Rome and Egypt is another aspect of the Yin and Yang: the perfect incompatibility responsible for the drama of destinies.”

Book now to secure your ticket to this fantastic array of passion, lust, beauty and power.

Call the box office on 0844 871 7652 and take your seats for a show that will leave you mesmerised, and dazzled by their on-stage grace.