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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Beauty and the Beast – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: David Bintley Music: Glenn Buhr Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Although not one of the ‘classic’ ballets, Beauty and the Beast has a similar provenance from folk and fairy tales, originally appearing in print as early as the 1550s before Perrault’s Tales of Mother Goose in 1697 and being retold again in the 18thand 19thcenturies. In the 20thcentury Jean Cocteau made a striking ...

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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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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Cinderella  – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Sergei Prokofiev Choreographer:  David Bintley Conductor: Philip Ellis Reviewer: Jo Beggs Birmingham Royal Ballet are a company unafraid to embrace the traditional. While all around them everyone’s trying to sex-up the classics, BRB know that producing something with no surprises can still be an audience winner. Cinderella certainly sends nobody home dissatisfied, and yet there’s a sense that the ...

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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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Ashton Double Bill – Birmingham Hippodrome

The Dream - Oberon and Titania from Ashton's Double Bill.jpg

Music: Felix Mendelssohn and Frederick Chopin Choreographer: Frederick Ashton Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman   The repertoire of Frederick Ashton is one of the most revered in British ballet. Widely credited as the creator of a specifically ‘English’ genre of ballet, Ashton became director of The Royal Ballet in 1963 and presided over one of the company’s golden ages. In the ...

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