A classic fairytale will pirouette onto the South Tyneside stage this week.
Ballet Theatre UK are returning to the Customs House, in South Shields, tomorrow, with their magical production of Aladdin.
The company returns after its successful production of The Little Mermaid last summer.
Customs House executive director Ray Spencer said: “We are delighted to welcome Ballet Theatre UK back to the Customs House.
“The Little Mermaid was absolutely stunning and we can’t wait to see what they do with Aladdin.
“With just one rub of the magical lamp, Aladdin’s journey will sweep you into an exotic world full of daring adventure, enchanting spells and true love.”
The Little Mermaid was absolutely stunning and we can’t wait to see what they do with Aladdin.Ray Spencer, Customs House executive director
Tricked by an evil sorcerer, Aladdin sets out on a quest in search for the ultimate treasure. Deceived, Aladdin is left alone in a dark and damp cave, but it leads to him uncovering a life-changing object – a dusty old lamp.
This exotic tale is brought to life through the magic of classical ballet.
David Brewer, who plays Aladdin, said: “When it comes to translating something into ballet you need to find the truth behind every step you do.
“One of my favourite moments is when Aladdin is dancing with the princess and he’s found a way into the world he’s been dreaming of.”
Sarah Mortimer, who plays his princess, said: “Every girl would love to be a princess but what I like about this one is she has an adventurous side.”
Charlotte Eades, who plays the Slave of the Ring, added: “The rehearsal process is really interesting and fun. You learn so much about yourself to really push the limits.”
Ballet Theatre UK are returning to the Customs House next year to perform The Snow Queen, the story Disney’s smash-hit Frozen was inspired by.
Ray said: “Their stories are so beautifully told and the costumes are so colourful.”
Costume designer, Daniel Hope, added: “My favourite costumes in the shows are the Cave of Wonders, in which dancers portray rare stones and metals such as rubies, emeralds and amethysts.
“My wardrobe team and I have dedicated hours to deck the costumes in crystals and jewels to create the effect of unbelievable treasures.
“However, the opening market scene is bustling with full and lively colours, vibrant full circle skirts with beaded and bejewelled belly tops that mesh together and encapsulate the steamy heat a Moroccan market would have.
“Each costume has been embellished with over 100 crystals and jewels and takes a lot of care to keep in perfect condition.
“We have taken the tale back to its origins in Persia allowing a lot of flexibility in designing the ideal look for Aladdin.
“I have drawn upon inspiration from Middle East cultivating in an amalgamation of colours and textures which truly embodies the exotic identity of our production.”
Tickets for the 7.45pm show cost £18 and £10 for under 16s.
To book, go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call the box office on 0191 454 1234.