WE ALL know the story of the neglected step daughter, the glass slipper and the prince but when Cinderella comes to the Beck Theatre in the form of a show by the Vienna Festival Ballet, it looks certain to transform the beloved fairy tale in to something even more magical. JENNY COOMBES caught up with one half of the couple behind the latest creation to find out what audiences have in store.
GILL Malleck is entranced by the magic of ballet. She loves the music, the costumes, the beauty of the stories as they flow out through dance.
Its a good job really – as the co-administrator of Vienna Festival Ballet she has to live, sleep and dream her favourite subject.
The company was founded by Gill's husband Peter in 1980 and a year later Gill came on board.
In 30 years it has gone from strength to strength, bringing to life countless classic tales on stages around the country.
This year it is the turn of Cinderella to entertain audiences at the Beck Theatre, Hayes, in April.
The production is revived from tours in years gone by but is a much-changed version, with renewed costumes, including the addition of white and gold tutus in act three, and a completely new sound.
With music taken from a vast array of the great Italian composer Rossini’s most famous operatic achievements, a magical melange of music has been put together that is sure to astonish and amaze, the company says.
Peter Mallek chose Chris Nicolls, a renowned conductor and musical director, to rearrange and rewrite the score for the ballet. The music was then recorded specially for the company by the leading orchestra in Kosice, Slowakia, conducted by Nicolls himself.
Audiences will recognise some of Rossini’s most famous operas - La Cenerentola, The Italian Girl in Algiers, and Silken Ladder all add to the magical fantasy world.
Sheila Styles, from the Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet, was, inspired by the choice of music, and using her talent for choreography and staging has created what Gill says is the perfect ballet.
Gill hopes the company's fiercely loyal audience will be as blown away with the finished piece as she is and that it will add some new faces to its swelling numbers.
She said: "We tend to find that its always the same type of people who come along.
"We do have people who have never seen ballet before in their lives.
"We're still building an audience, which is great."
Her and husband Peter, both former dancers, run the company almost single – well double – handedly.
It allows them to keep costs low and means they are one of the few ballet companies who receive no subsidies.
"That's an achievement were very proud of," said Gill. "It means we do a lot, but its more than just a job, we love it."
When they are not on tour or in their Vienna home the couple live in Northolt, a handy distance from the Beck.
Around 17 or 18 dancers will take part in the latest tour, as well as a handful of behind the scenes staff.
It will arrive at Beck Theatre on Tuesday April 12 at 7pm.
Tickets £16.50, £22. Call 020 8561 8371 or log onto: www.becktheatre.org.uk