Matthew Bourne's notoriously theatrical brand of choreography has brought ballet a new audience, but has not always proved popular with the critics.
David Benedict meets Bourne at Sadler's Wells, north London, where he is producing Nutcracker!
William Walton's centenary is celebrated in dance with three performances. Tombeaux is creator David Bintley's lament for his mentor Frederick Ashton; Fagade, by Ashton himself, draws on the nonsense poetry of Edith Sitwell; and Sanctum by Lila York completes the bill.
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