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The Sleeping Beauty – Birmingham Hippodrome

Music: Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Marius Petipa/Peter Wright Reviewer: John Kennedy Shamelessly romantic, this Sleeping Beauty awakens the senses through a seduction of somnambulant stealth. Firmly in the classical repertoire’s treasure-chest marked Opulent Baroque: Excess In All Arenas, tonight’s extravagant costume-drama from the wardrobe of Mount Olympus blushes not a jot at its OTT self-indulgence. Philip Prowse’s design, an opulent neo-classical Renaissance ...

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The Nutcracker – Birmingham Hippodrome

Music:  Pyotr Tchaikovsky Choreographers: Sir Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov and Vincent Redmon Reviewer: John Kennedy Embedded in Birmingham’s ballet advent season for the past 26 years, this captivating explosion of magical movement -  Sir Peter Wright’s production of The Nutcracker - remains an evergreen, deliriously romantic and enchanting delight. It was a truth universally acknowledged, mid-1960s, that an intellectual was one whom could ...

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The Nutcracker, Birmingham Hippodrome

Members of the Birmingham Royal Ballet as Snowflakes in The Nutcracker

Music – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographers – Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, Vincent Redmon Reviewer – Laura Jayne Bateman The Nutcracker is perhaps the most popular of the five quintessential classical ballets: The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and Coppélia. Birmingham Royal Ballet’s version, first seen in 1990 upon the company’s move to the Midlands, has become a festive ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: The Prince of the Pagodas – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Benjamin Britten Director and Choreographer: David Bintley Conductor: Koen Kessels Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Staging ‘The Prince of the Pagodas’, Benjamin Britten’s only full-length ballet, presents difficulties for producers. The score is too long for comfort and suggests tenderness rather than the grand passion of love. David Bintley’s imaginative new production for the Birmingham Royal Ballet solves some, but not ...

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