Ballet Review: Anne of Green Gables


Based on the charming original story by LM Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables tells the story of a lively, imaginative 11 year old orphan. Adopted by an elderly brother and sister, Anne gets herself into endless scrapes but eventually wins over the community with her endearing, fearless character and passionate nature.

LCB has commissioned a brand new two-act ballet with beautiful original music, played by a live orchestra, and exciting new choreography. The ballet is full of humour and drama, appealing to boys, girls and adults alike.


Anne of Green Gables is one of those stories that will never lose its appeal. A charming, feisty orphan who gets into continuous scrapes, but is ultimately trying to do her best.

It’s far from a complex story, but there is a lot going on so telling the story through the medium of dance seems no simple feat. And yet, the London Children’s Ballet have accomplished this phenomenally. Director Ruth Brill ensures all children have a significant role to play, with different ages and abilities involved in multiple scenes.

Gus Nicholson’s music is uplifting and serene, with subtle drama in places to help support the story, while Elin Steele’s costumes allow us to be immersed in the period, whilst still admiring the footwork and poise of the children. Jenna Lee has created a beautiful ballet, ensuring the choreography shows off the skills and prowess of every dancer. All teachers can be very proud of their pupils.

As this is a company of children, there is no pointe work, but this does not hinder the young cast, who are exceptionally talented. It’s a real joy to watch and any child watching could not fail to long for a career on the stage. The beauty and precision of this production is outstanding, yet although every child is enjoying themselves, the discipline required to pull of such a performance is outstanding.

Annalise Wainwright-Jones (Anne) is delightful to watch, dramatic and graceful but with the humour and mischief we expect. Fyfe Skinner (Gilbert) too is a lovely performer, whilst the journey Matthew (Freddie Lovell) and Marilla (Alice Stallion) take as their fondness for Anne grows, is clearly shown. The ladies of Avonlea provide additional humour with their love of gossip and the school children add the innocent freedom of youth.

While the dancing is sublime, the acting is exceptional. The children tell the story through mime and facial experiences, which show us the emotion each is feeling throughout, with a finale that is unexpected and poignant. Considering the ages of the children, it was a pleasant surprise to see acting and dancing of such a high standard. I am sure many of this cast have an exciting career ahead of them.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I received tickets from Hickman and Associates. Opinions my own.

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