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The Nutcracker – Birmingham Hippodrome

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Original Choreography: Sir Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, Vincent Redmon Additional Choreography: David Bintley, Marion Tait Reviewer: Daljinder Johal It’s difficult to reinvent the wheel for a classic ballet like The Nutcracker. But Sir Peter Wright’s 1990 production doesn’t need to when it’s just so magical. Since Wright gifted it to Birmingham, the scale of this annual production never fails ...

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Coppélia – Bristol Hippodrome

A male ballet dancer holds a female aloft in front of a group of female dancers

Composer: Léo Delibes Conductor: Paul Murphy Choreography: Marius Petipa, Enrico Cecchetti, Peter Wright Reviewer: Claire Hayes Based on the stories of E T A Hoffmann, Coppélia is the lightest and most fragile of confections; the tale of a mechanical doll who entrances and enrages in equal measure. Yet the enchantment of this enduringly popular 19th Century work is underscored by ...

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Cinderella – Birmingham Hippodrome

Elisha Willis as Cinderella and Victoria Marr as the Fairy Godmother with Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet

Music: Sergei Prokofiev Choreographer: David Bintley Reviewer:  Laura Jayne Bateman Premiering in 2010, and featuring recently retired star principal Elisha Willis in the title role, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Cinderella takes inspiration from Charles Perrault’s 1697 fairy tale. Choreographed by company director David Bintley to Sergei Prokofiev’s score, the production enchantingly combines the grit of Cinderella’s abusive home life with the magic ...

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The Tempest – Birmingham Hippodrome

The Tempest_BRB, Prospero; Iain Mackay, Miranda; Jenna Roberts, Ferdinand; Joseph Caley, Ariel; Mathias Dingman, Trinculo; James Barton, Stephano; Valentin Olovyannikov, Caliban; Tyrone Singleton, Antonio; Domonic Antonucci, Juno; Delia Mathews, Ceres; Celine Gittens, Iris; Yvette Knight, Pan; Tzu_Chao Chou,

Choreographer:David Bintley Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Over 30 years in the making, Birmingham Royal Ballet premieres a new version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest400 years after his death. Choreographed by company director David Bintley and with an entirely original score by Sally Beamish, the production offers visual spectacle and superb dancing within a largely faithful adaptation of Shakespeare’s final play. Alonso, ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Romeo and Juliet – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Birmingham Royal Ballet 's Romeo and Juliet

Music: Sergei Prokofiev Choreographer: Kenneth MacMillan Reviewer: Laura Bateman Romeo and Juliet is one of the most celebrated ballets in the modern repertoire. Choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan for The Royal Ballet, it premiered in 1965 with Rudolph Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn in the title roles. It has since become a staple of both The Royal Ballet’s and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s ...

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BRB: Swan Lake – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography: Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov and Peter Wright Reviewer: Barbara Michaels   Sombre figures dressed in black glide across a darkened stage at the opening of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s glittering production of Swan Lake – a precursor of the dark happenings to come in this, one of the most choreographically challenging of classical ballets. Swan Lake ...

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Swan Lake – Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham

Choreography: Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, Peter Wright Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Production: Peter Wright, Galina Samsova Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer   To say that Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake is a polished production would be an understatement. It must be difficult to stand out when staging one of the most popular and recognisable ballets of all time since it was first ...

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Swan Lake – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography: Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov and Peter Wright Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen It is the most universally recognised ballet of all time – being performed and adapted by an array of dance companies all over the world. And now Swan Lake has been brought to The Lowry’s stage by Birmingham Royal Ballet in its most traditional and ...

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