Returning to Sadler's Wells Theatre, and ending its second run this week, is the sell-out dance smash The Most Incredible Thing. With a score by the Pet Shop Boys and choreographed by Javier de Frutos, the piece is an adaptation of the classic fairy tale by one of the masters of that particular form, Hans Christian Anderson.
The plot is as similarly comforting as great fairy stories can be: The King promises his daughter's hand in marriage to a person who can bring him The Most Incredible Thing. A simple clock-maker devises and delivers a piece of art unlike nothing that has seen been before, but must struggle against the evil machinations of a dastardly villian.
It was one of the most high-profile shows that the renowned London theatre staged in 2011, and tickets were sold by the bucket. Those lucky enough to be in the audience were treated to an aural-visual extravaganza that was more than just the sum of its electropop-meets-ballet parts. Its soundtrack infuses through the entire display, with postmodern tinges affecting the set, design, scenography and choroeograpic elements. De Frutos, an enfant terrible of the contemporary stage, defuses his wildchild history to tell a story that is as delightfully innocently moral as Anderson intended and as neon-nostalgic as the music created specially by the Pet Shop Boys. It was not entirely unexpected that the show would return at some point after it's initial run but now that it is here again we should celebrate it before it leaves once more. A feast for the eyes and ears, and really a most incredible thing.
The Most Incredible Thing is at Sadler's Wells Theatre until 07 April.