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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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David Bintley’s Beauty and the Beast – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Director & Choreography: David Bintley Musical Director: Koen Kessels  Reviewer: Dominic Corr Sixteen years ago, David Bintley reimagined what is perhaps fairy tales’ most recognisable story. Returning to the stage, the Birmingham Royal Ballet seeks to capture the illustrious nature of the piece, whilst showcasing some of the nation’s finest dancers in the timeless classic – Beauty and the Beast. ...

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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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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Beauty and the Beast – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Music: Glenn Buhr Choreographer: David Bintley Reviewer: Marina Spark Birmingham Royal Ballet are bringing a little magic to Plymouth’s Theatre Royal this October. The company excel themselves in this first rate production of the classic fairytale. The Prince is cursed by a woodsman and transformed into a beast. Some time later he heroin of the tale, Belle, is forced to ...

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

Music: Glenn Buhr Choreography: David Bintley Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The Birmingham Royal Ballet’s revival of Beauty and the Beast is an emotionally and physically dark production yet one in which the magic and charm of the piece manages to shine through. A merchant (Michael O’Hare) stranded in a deep wood takes refuge in an apparently derelict castle in which he ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Director: David Bintley Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography: Marius Petipa, Peter Wright Production: Peter Wright Reviewer: Peter Jacobs [rating:4.5] The Sleeping Beauty is a landmark among the surviving greats of classical ballet. Based on the classic and familiar Charles Perrault fairytale with added Russian flavour, it marks the perfect marriage of narrative, choreography and music and stands as the ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Swan Lake – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography: Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:5] The Lyric Theatre at the Lowry is so big that it can dwarf productions. The Birmingham Royal Ballet’s version of ‘Swan Lake’ uses every inch of the stage to give a show on an epic scale. Designer Philip Prowse provides sets that would be ...

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