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Beauty and the Beast – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Venue: Theatre Royal Plymouth Choreography: David Bintley Music: Glenn Buhr Reviewer: Helen Tope The ballet begins with a familiar scene. Belle stands at the top of a bookcase, mired deep in words. She is the original bookish heroine; an outsider in her own family. Her father is a ship merchant, deep in debt – and the bailiffs are called. While ...

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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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La Fille Mal Gardee – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Choreography: Frederick Ashton Music: Ferdinand Herold (adapted and arranged by John Lanchbery) Reviewer: Helen Tope One of the oldest ballets in the world, La Fille Mal Gardee (The Wayward Daughter), is an 18th-Century wonder, re-imagined to create a timeless tale. Seen here in its Frederick Ashton revival, La Fille tells the story of village girl Lise. Living with her mother, ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty -Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography: Marius Petipa, Peter Wright Reviewer: Helen Tope A ballet with an unrivalled pedigree, Sleeping Beauty is the classic everyone knows. The challenge, when taking on this production, is how to stop a classic turning into a cliché. The story of Princess Aurora, put to sleep by a witch’s curse, has plenty of scope for darkness beneath the glamour. ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Shakespeare Dream Bill – The Lowry, Salford

Director: David Bintley Choreography: Jessica Lang, José Limón, Frederick Ashton Reviewer: Peter Jacobs The Birmingham Royal Ballet present a Shakespeare-themed triple bill of works as part of their own year-long celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. For Manchester and Salford audiences this has the added interest of the company presenting a varied selection of more diverse works ...

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Coppélia – Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham

Music: Léo Delibes Choreographers: Marius Petipa, Enrico Cecchetti, Peter Wright Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer While not intended as a magical tale with fairy dust and wicked queens, the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Coppélia still evokes an enchanting atmosphere, drawing the audience into a charming, though not without its faults, Eastern European village and a story of love, dotty doll makers, and comical ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Aladdin – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Music: Carl Davis Choreography: David Bintley Director: David Bintley Reviewer: Kathryn M. Bartlett [rating:4.5] Birmingham Royal Ballet brings the UK premiere of David Bintley’s fantastical, luscious production of Aladdin to the Theatre Royal Plymouth. Originally created in 2008 for the National Ballet of Japan, this enthralling piece recounts the familiar tale full of adventure, love, magic and mystery, and the ...

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