In the Winter Palace Theatre, a Russian-inspired space at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, Cinderella is taking to the ice.
Running at under an hour and packed with tricks and special effects, this new festive show from the Imperial Ice Stars is perfect for a young audience. The opening village scene is full of daring lifts and dizzying spins; with a couple of near misses, it certainly grabs the attention.
The story continues apace as the invitations for the ball arrive and Cinderella’s is whipped away by her Cruella de Vil-style stepmother.
Floating through a sea of dry ice Cinderella’s fairy godmother (Irina Tegina) comes to the rescue on a pair of ice stilts. Watching her glide and spin across the rink in this way is remarkable and terrifying in equal measure. This is a show that delights in spectacle with aerial silks, fire poi and a shower of rain are among the special effects deployed to add a touch of fairytale magic.
It’s not all just crowd-pleasing tricks, however, the choreography is detailed, the whirling patterns within the ensemble sections entrancing and the whole cast skate with elegance and clarity. The two stepsisters attack their speedy and complex duets with style and Cinderella is smooth and expressive.
While the practicalities of putting on a skating boot make the glass slipper scene a little clumsy, the final duet between Liubov Bakirova’s Cinderella and Yahor Maistrou’s Prince is fittingly sweet and charming.