It’s not often a touring production lives up to the standard of its West End counterpart.
But the debut International Tour of Mamma Mia! has done just that. On Wednesday 17 November the Wales Millennium Centre hosted the global smash hit for the very first time as a chosen venue for the show’s 15-month stint, which tours throughout the UK and mainland Europe.
As you would expect from a sell-out musical, Mamma Mia! delivers an experience which leaves you breathless through brilliantly-timed comedy and sharp choreography, gift-wrapped in a whirlwind of brightly-coloured spandex and glittering sequins. The dazzling facade and gleaming smiles however disguise a lack of emotional depth that really makes a musical.
Miria Parvin as Sophie with the female cast of Mamma Mia
Nancy Osbaldeston is a professional working ballerina at the English National Ballet Company. Here she talks about her role in ENB’s latest production of Romeo and Juliet, the future of ballet in the world of dance and the pros and cons of her chosen career.
Nancy dancing a solo from Don Quixote at the 2008 Prix de Lausanne
Nancy, 21, started dancing at a very young age, attending ballet classes offered at her local nursery. After keeping up the hobby throughout her childhood years, she auditioned for the part of a little girl in the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker. It was this first real experience of the ballet world that inspired her to pursue a career in dance, after being “truly wowed” in playing just a tiny part of the production.
It was from this point that Nancy started to “get more serious” about her dance. She became an associate for both Northern Ballet Company and the Royal Ballet, taking extra lessons every week. At the age of 16, Nancy auditioned for seven different ballet schools up and down the country, finally settling in London with the English National Ballet school for three years.
After completing her training, Nancy was offered a contract with the English National Ballet, and has been dancing as an artist of the company for the past three years.