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You shall go to the ball. Repeatedly. Three British ballet companies (Royal, Birmingham and Scottish) are presenting Cinderella this winter and Sadler’s Wells is reviving Matthew Bourne’s contemporary dance version set in the London Blitz.

Cinderella is often bracketed with Coppélia and the Tchaikovsky ballets but, while the narrative is a natural magnet for the plastic tiara contingent, it is also a very sophisticated adult pleasure thanks to Prokofiev’s score. Written after the more familiar Romeo and…

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