The festive season got an early start at Norwich Theatre Royal on Wednesday as Northern Ballet opened its 2013/2014 tour in the city with its delightful A Christmas Carol.
This heart-warming and beautifully told tale from a talented company, whose versatile dancers combine flawless performances with song, won long and richly-deserved applause from an appreciative audience.
There was falling snow, festive garlands, ethereal ghostly costumes, atmospheric scenery, dancing zombies and a few urchins as the Victorian setting dictates, combined with enough exacting pointework and high lifts to keep the ballet purists happy.
Memorable moments were some dazzling and graceful displays from Scrooge (Sebastian Loe) and Bob Cratchit (Javier Torres), a great comedic piece from the Fezziwigs (Ashley Dixon and Victoria Sibson) and a show-stealing song from Tiny Tim (little Leo Spencer from the Central School of Dance and Performing Arts).
This magical show runs until Saturday.