Victoria, Empress of India

Canadian Pacific Ballet makes world premiere of ballet that is the second in a trilogy about Queen Victoria and her love Albert.

Ashely Evans stars as Victoria in Canadian Pacific Ballet's World Premiere of Victoria, Empress of India, April 20 and 21 at the McPherson Playhouse.

Canadian Pacific Ballet premieres the second original ballet in choreographer Roberta Taylor’s exquisite trio of stories of HRH Victoria’s fabled reign.

Victoria, Empress of India picks up where Victoria and Albert left off — Victoria is madly in love with her prince consort and has been crowned Queen of Great Britain.

The story starts with the dismissal of Baroness Louise Lehzen, Victoria’s childhood governess, who gives scarce privacy to the young couple.

The second scene recounts the opening of Albert’s cast-iron and plate-glass masterpiece.

The third movement is a ballet-within-a-ballet, Gifts of India. And the show ends with Albert’s death. “It will leave you crying,” says Taylor. “Bring tissue.”

Catch Victoria, Empress of India Friday and Saturday April 20 and 21 at the McPherson Playhouse. Tickets start at $57.50 and are available at rmts.bc.ca. M

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