The Nutcracker on Ice ****

03 Jan 16 - Sunday Express - Jeffery Taylor

WHAT A gorgeous finale to the Christmas celebrations: last week the luscious scarlet and gilt Royal Albert Hall glittered with perfectly placed fairy lights and the London Concert Orchestra, conducted by Tim A Duncan, tucked away under the roof flooding the place with Tchaikovsky’s heavenly music.


A Flawless and Fantastic Family Favourite

11 Dec 15 - STAR / PTA News - Janet Smith

**** THERE'S no skimping on even the composer's name. It's written out in full in the programme: Pyotr Iltich Tchaikovsky And why not? Swan Lake on Ice, performed by the Imperial Ice Stars, is an accomplished and elegant show that deserves its place among balletomanes who like their art light, with a twist of Russian.


A mesmerising Sleeping Beauty on Ice which won't leave you cold

02 Jul 15 - - ANN HUNT

Wake up Wellington! This is a Sleeping Beauty for the 21st century and you'd be mad to miss it. The imperial Ice Stars production under the direction/choreography of Tony Mercer gives us a modern take on the traditional fairytale. Gone are the fairies and the spindles, no one falls asleep for a 100 years, Carabosse is no old crone and the royal wedding is exactly that, not a Royal Variety Show. And while there will always be audiences for the traditional version of this story, it is totally refreshing to see such a different take on it and one that actually makes sense and works.


***** Enchantment is sure to entice you

28 Jan 14 - Cape Argus - Beverley Brommert

Charles Perrault would be astonished, but not displeased, by this imaginative staging on ice of his classic fairy tale. Gone are the archaic powdered wigs, knee-breeches and lavishly adorned tutus traditionally associated with The Sleeping Beauty, as well as the unprepossessing crone representing Carabosse, bearer of evil.


London Palladium W1 ****

01 Nov 13 - The Times (UK) - Donald Hutera

The company of mainly Russian championship skaters known as the Imperial Ice Stars are getting the jump on the Christmas season with this, their fourth frozenfloored adaptation of a ballet warhorse. Previous productions of The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Cinderella on ice have all been of a high standard. Their latest offering is a smooth, brightly designed and undemanding (except, that is, on its 26-strong cast) pleasure.


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