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Previewed 17 March 2011 - opened 22 March 2011 - closed 26 March 2011 at the Sadler's Wells Theatre in London.
The Pet Shop Boys and Javier De Frutos' dance production of The Most Incredible Thing in London.
The World Premiere of The Most Incredible Thing in London in based on a Hans Christian Andersen story for which the Pet Shop Boys have composed an original score for their first ever full-length dance work which promises to be a modern fairy tale that celebrates the power of art in the face of human destruction. This large scale production features a cast of 16 with a 26-piece orchestra.
Featuring former Royal Ballet star Ivan Putrov, this modern fairytale centres on a contest to produce the 'most incredible thing', with a prize of half the kingdom and marriage to the princess at stake.
Hans Christian Andersen's The Most Incredible Thing was written in 1870 and tells the story of a princess, a kingdom, and of two very different approaches to the task of creating something extraordinary. The story has been adapted for the stage by Matthew Dunster and the Pet Shop Boys. The production features designs by Katrina Lindsay, and film and animation by the BAFTA winner Tal Rosner.
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe of the Pet Shop Boys said: "This is a very exciting project to be part of. In the past we have written music for the club dancefloor so to write music for the ballet stage seems like a logical development. Also we have always been fascinated by giving our music a theatrical context." Javier De Frutos said: "The opportunity to stage Hans Christian Andersen with music by Pet Shop Boys - alongside some of my beloved long-term collaborators - is an irresistible cocktail!"
The Most Incredible Thing in London at the Sadler's Wells Theatre previewed from 17 March 2011, opened on 22 March 2011 and closed on 26 March 2011 returned 25 March 2012 to 7 April 2012.