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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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Sleeping Beauty – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music:  Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography: Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, Peter Wright Director: David Bintley Reviewer: Barbara Michaels One of the stars in the firmament of the Birmingham Royal Ballet company, their production of The Sleeping Beauty, first staged by the company in 2010, is one of the best. Not surprisingly, it remains an important part of their repertory, and is, ...

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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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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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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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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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