Russia's Mariinsky Ballet bring Cinderella to Edinburgh International Festival

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Russia's Mariinsky Ballet bring Cinderella to Edinburgh International Festival

Five reasons why you shouldn't miss it

The company

You might know them as the Kirov, but back home they’re called the Mariinsky Ballet, and this St Petersburg-based troupe is widely recognised as being one of the finest classical ballet companies in the world.

The choreographer

A former director of the Bolshoi Ballet, and current artist-in-residence at American Ballet Theatre, Alexei Ratmansky knows how to bring out the wit and splendour of this fairytale classic.

The story

Family fall-outs, aspiration, sadness, magic, the search for love, Charles Perrault’s Cinderella has got the lot. Put it in a ballet, with an emotive score, and it’s even more powerful.

The dancers

There are no less than 85 dancers in Cinderella, so there’s no shortage of bang for your buck. While some of the principals, such as the renowned Diana Vishneva, are in demand the world over.

The music

Conducted by Valery Gergiev, the Mariinsky Orchestra are also in town, playing Prokofiev’s ever so sumptuous Cinderella score. If you were crazy enough to just sit there and close your eyes, you’d still have a great night.

Mariinsky Ballet: Cinderella, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 473 2000, 30 Aug–1 Sep, 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm), £12–£46.


  • 4 stars

The legendary Mariinsky Ballet brings Charles Perrault’s classic fairytale to the Festival, in this large-scale production that offers a sumptuous mix of engrossing storytelling and grand classical ballet with a fresh contemporary twist. Complete with a full corps de ballet, the dancers’ every movement, choreographed by…