A Wilde modern ballet to celebrate Oscar’s 160th Anniversary

Chantry Dance Company present The Happy Prince EMN-141029-151234001
Chantry Dance Company present The Happy Prince EMN-141029-151234001

To commemorate the 160th anniversary of Oscar Wilde’s birth, Chantry Dance Company brings ‘The Happy Prince’ to Lincoln.

Wilde’s magical story of ‘The Happy Prince’ has been adapted and choreographed by West End and Sadler’s Wells performers Paul Chantry and Rae Piper, and will be performed at The Terry O’Toole Theatre in North Hykeham this Thursday, November 6.

The cast includes Megan Smith, a talented East Midlands youth dancer from Grantham, who was picked to play the role of Oscar Wilde’s niece when she auditioned alongside other youth dancers from all over the UK.

‘The Happy Prince’ tells the story of a prince who gives away all his wealth to the poor people of his kingdom with the help of a swallow.

In life, spending every day in his wonderful palace, the Prince had no idea how his people suffered. It is only after he becomes a statue overlooking the city that he learns the truth.

Chantry Dance Company tells this poignant tale through modern ballet, music and puppetry.

As well as ‘The Happy Prince’, there are two other ballets in Chantry’s tour programme.

The first, ‘All I Can Do Is Be Me’, is set to Bob Dylan’s best-loved songs, including ‘Tambourine Man’ and ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’.

The second, Gershwin’s famous jazz concerto ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, is presented as a dynamic duet.

The show on November 6 starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available from the box office on 01522 883311 or online at www.terryotooletheatre.org.uk/events/the-happy-prince

And for more on the dance company, vsiit www.chantrydancecompany.org