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The magical tale of an eccentric toy-maker and the beautiful doll he creates is wonderfully told by this vibrant and energetic young cast of ballet dancers.

The Vienna Festival Ballet, which this year celebrates its 35th birthday, is enjoying a welcome return to these shores with a UK tour that includes four performances at the Lichfield Garrick theatre.

Coppelia, Lichfield Garrick, Vienna Festival Ballet
The enchanting comedy ballet of Coppelia

Coppelia, which runs at Lichfield Garrick from until Saturday 10 October, remains one of the most magical ballets of all time with amazing dancing accompanied by a wonderful score from composer Delibes.

This lively production clearly appeals to everyone from the very young upwards who appreciates superb dance against the backdrop of a warm, enchanting and occasionally funny story.

Coppelia tells the delightful story of toymaker Dr Coppelius who makes a beautiful female mechanical doll.

Vienna Festival Ballet, Coppelia
The Vienna Festival Ballet has been delighting audiences since 1980

But trouble arises when local village boy Franz becomes enchanted by Coppelia as 'she' sits reading on her balcony, leading to his jealous fiancé Swanhilda taking matters into her own hands.

Eleonora Enas dances divinely in the lead role of Swanhilda, while Ben Cook, who only joined Vienna Festival Ballet earlier this year, also gives a splendid performance as Franz. They particularly impress when they combine in the stunning wedding Pas de Deux that closes the ballet.

There are also excellent performances by all the members of the young cast, including Yoshimasa Ikezawa, Emily-Joy Smith, and Perdita-Jayne Lancaster, who show off the lovely costumes to perfection.

Coppelia, Vienna Festival Ballet
Coppelia at Lichfield Garrick theatre

And Ashley Selfe belies his age to give a convincing performance as the elderly Dr Coppelius, who tries to inject his beloved doll with a soul.

Forthcoming performances of Coppelia:

October 11 - Artrix, Bromsgrove
October 13 - Oakengates Theatre, Telford
October 15 - Beck Theatre, Hayes
October 16/17 - Towngate Theatre, Basildon
October 18 - Theatre Royal, St Helens
October 20 - Bridlington Spa
October 21 - King George's Hall, Blackburn
October 23 - The Lights, Andover
October 24 - Grand Theatre, Lancaster
October 25 - Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
October 27 - The Little Theatre, Leicester
October 28-30 - The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Taunton

November 1 - The Millfield Arts Centre, London
November 7 - Hertford Theatre
November 19 - Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham
November 26 - Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne

December 1 - Medina Theatre, Newport
December 8 - Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay
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Why? An Enchanting Evening Of Music And Dance
When: 8-10 October and then on tour till Dec 8
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke,
Cost: Adults £21, Children £11
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