Jacques Vert-Honest MumTuesday night saw me being invited to attend the opening night of the Northern Ballet‘s Cinderella at the Palace Theatre in Manchester.

A real honour to attend, my two guests were my Mum and Auntie Loulla, who lives in the city, making it a glamorous girly night out.

red carpet-Honest Mum

For the night, I was gifted this gorgeous Devore Spot Prom Dress by Jacques Vert, so stunning, it’s actually now sold out.

My pretty Maria Lace Panel Cardigan is by Fever London and I also wore a faux fur gilet to keep off the November cold.

Jacques Vert dress-Honest Mum

I really felt a million dollars in this full but tapered at the waist, prom dress. Thank you Jacques Vert!

After walking the red carpet (so much fun), we collected our press tickets and I had my picture taken with some of the company’s ballet dancers before heading to Stage Door, the Press Area for a few glasses of red vino!

Cinderella-Honest Mum

Northern Ballet-Honest MumThere were lots of Manchester based stars congregated at the bar so I’ve shared some shots below from Northern Ballet’s site as I didn’t want to feel like paparazzi on the night!

Sue Johnston attended, seen recently in Downtown Abbey and how incredibly glamorous does she look too?! One of my favourite British actresses!

Sue Johnston-Northern Ballet

Tina O’Brien due to rejoin Coronation Street in the New Year also made the performance and with her adorable daughter Scarlett too. Cute!

Tina O'Brien and Scarlett-Northern Ballet

…Chelsee Healey brought a bit of Strictly glamour to proceedings! I need that jacket in my life!

Chelsee Healey-Northern BalletPresenter Jenny Powell and Most Haunted’s Yvette Fielding also made the evening, Jenny was actually sat behind us and brought her Mum, like I did!

Jenny and Yvette-Northern BalletOh, and the lovely Liz McClarnon was there too with her friends too!

Liz McClarnon-Northern BalletFinishing our drinks, the bell starting ringing and it was time to take our seats in the stalls at the spectacular Palace Theatre.


Set in Imperial Russia, where the belief in magic was common, Northern Ballet’s adaptation of Cinderella takes on new meaning in this sometimes abstract but truly enchanting story of love overcoming adversity!

A whirlwind of colour, the production design is utterly mesmerising (I felt like we were in a snow globe at points in the production as wintery snow-effects danced across the stage)… my former fashion designer Aunt Loulla loved the costume design, and we were both coveting the huge faux fur coats, pretty tulle dresses and sparkling ballet slippers. Oh to be a ballerina!

Cinderella Northern Ballet

It was such a wonderful few hours.

I always find the ballet so incredibly relaxing, it really feeds and touches the soul, transporting you through time and place, allowing you to lose yourself in the spectacle.

But back to the story…The first half eases you in gently, the most dynamic part being the second half as the story picks up a gear and Cinderella pirouettes to the ball.

I must note I was impressed that they had subverted the usual stereotypical characters of the story, the Fairy Godmother was in fact a male magician, the Evil Stepmother was blonde, Cinderella, a brunette, small tweaks that really refreshed and modernised this oldest of fairytales. Oh and the sisters were not ugly either! Ha!

The overall highlight had to be the outstanding performances, the acting as much as the dancing (Martha Leebolt as Cinderella, Tobias Batley, the Prince were incredible) and scene wise, the opulent ballroom scenes created by Duncan Hayley were breathtaking, immersing us into a magical Russian world.

Such a joy.

What a memorable night.

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28 Responses

  1. Sophie

    This looks amazing! I’ve never been to a ballet but it’s on my to do list, I’ve always fancied the Nutcracker but this take on Cinderella looks brilliant. Also, it’s such a lovely thing to do with your mum!

  2. Fiona @ Free Range Chick

    I don’t know what it is about ballet that I love, especially being a tomboy rocker girl. My first memories of ballet were from a lovely video we had of Beatrix Potter’s stories as children, made into a ballet production. I actually purchased a DVD copy of this in recent years – must dig it out! All of the characters were dressed as the animals in the Beatrix Potter stories – all ballet dancing. I loved it! I would love to take my mum to the ballet. Maybe we will in the new year. A perfect excuse to get glammed up, and probably a truly girly night. Loved this post. Oh, and really loving your dark hair! X

    • honestmum

      Oh wow that production sounds wonderful, the ballet is such captivating, I can really lose myself in the spectacle of it all! Thanks, much prefer my dark hair, no going back from black (dark brown) now! x

  3. Phoebe @ Lou Messugo

    Wow you have a fun life! That must have been such a great evening, I love Sue Johnston too! And funnily enough I linked up a post about red carpet with #allaboutyou this week too. You look amazing in the pics by the way…

    • honestmum

      Thanks, I do-love living life to the full! Sue Johnston is a wonderful actress, thanks for your lovely words, will pop over now to read your post x

  4. Ada

    It looks like a great opera night and now I want to go to an opera and dress up myself, soon! LOL Love your dress and the fur you paired it with. Great choice. Looking beautiful Vicki!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family!

    <3 Ada.

  5. Mel

    Sounds like a nice girly night out with your mum and auntie Loulla. My little girl would love to see Cinderella!

    • Honest Mum

      Such a wonderful evening, think this is a little mature a performance perhaps (gun shots) for my two but they adored Elves and the Shoemaker and I will take them to more child-specific ballet productions x

  6. Natalie Ray

    Oh my goodness, what an amazing evening, I’m green with envy! I used to love going to the theatre but I currently have the world’s clingiest 6 month old so evenings out are a thing of the past. You all look fabulous.xx

  7. Julie Goodlad

    Sounds like a fantastic evening to share with your beautiful mama and aunty.


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