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Birmingham Royal Ballet - 2017 Season Highlights

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From Aladdin To The Nutcracker
Romance, dancing animals and fairytales lead the line-up for a stunning year for Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) during 2017.

Birmingham royal ballet 2017 season
Birmingham Royal Ballet have treats in store during 2017


Old favourites, new ballets and works that celebrate some of the best choreographers of the 20th Century are set to dazzle in the company's home city at Birmingham Hippodrome and on tour to cities including London and Manchester.

Here is a rundown of the forthcoming shows by BRB this year.

COPPELIA
June - July 2017 - Birmingham and Bristol

Sir Peter Wright's enchanting child-friendly ballet is a firm favourite with families and returns for the summer of 2017.

The easy to follow story is about the eccentric toymaker Dr Coppélius who has created a human like doll called Coppélia. When young people from the village break into his home to find out more about her one night, everyone gets more than they bargained for, especially Dr Coppelius who believes his beloved Coppélia has been brought to life.

Coppelia, BRB, Birmingham Royal Ballet,
Stunning scenes in a previous version of BRB's Coppelia


With romantic music, fantastic choreography and a sensational set, this is a ballet for all ages.

Coppelia
Birmingham Hippodrome from June 13 - 17
Bristol Hippodrome from June 28 - July 1.
Visit the BRB website for further details.


THREE SHORT STORY BALLETS: LE BAISER DE LA FEE | PINEAPPLE POLL | ARCADIA
June 2017 - Birmingham

This is a trio of short delights from the talented ballet dancers at BRB who perform three one-act ballets.

In Le Baiser de la fee, a young boy's life is marked from the moment a fairy saves his life in the snow, unleashing magical joys and sorrows. Based on a Hans Christian Andersen tale, this dance version has been created by choreographer Michael Corder.

BRB three short story ballets, Birmingham Hippodrome, Le Baiser de la fee
A scene from Le Baiser de la fee


Meanwhile, Pineapple Poll is a Gilbert and Sullivan tale of a gang of girls, a crew of sailors and ballet aboard the HMS Hot Cross Bun using timeless choreography by John Cranko. It's a fun and frivolous interlude.

Arcadia completes the trio as BRB's Ruth Brill makes her first commissioned piece to a new score composed by renowned saxophonist John Harle. The story follows the ancient god Pan when he is unleashed on the world.

Three Short Story Ballets
Birmingham Hippodrome from June 21 - 24.
Visit the Hippodrome website or call 0844 338 5000 for tickets.


PENGUIN CAFE MIXED PROGRAMME - ELITE SYNCOPATIONS | CONCERTO |STILL LIFE AT THE PENGUIN CAFE
September 2017 - Birmingham

Another trio of short ballets are put on in this programme for the Autumn that has dancing animals, vigorous routines and comedic characters.

still life at the penguin cafe, BRB, birmingham royal ballet
Animal magic in an enchanting, fun production


This Mixed Programme marks the work of one of the great British choreographers, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, 25 years after his death by featuring two of his creations.

There's the iconic ragtime music of Scott Joplin accompanying eccentric, playful characters in Kenneth MacMillan's Elite Syncopations.

That's followed by youthful energy and technical precision in MacMillan's Concerto to a soundtrack of Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto.

The final of the three - Still Life at the Penguin Cafe - is a witty ballet from choreographer David Bintley that features endangered dancing animals seeking shelter from the storm at the Penguin Cafe.

The costumes are fantastic, as are the dancers, as the audience sees creatures including a morris-dancing flea, a ballroom-dancing ram, and a woolly monkey.

The Penguin Cafe Mixed Programme
Birmingham Hippodrome from September 27 - 30.
Visit the Hippodrome website or call 0844 338 5000 for tickets.


ALADDIN
September – November 2017 - Manchester, Birmingham, Plymouth and London

David Bintley's Aladdin returns to whisk audiences away to an enchanted Arabian world with a flying carpet and exotic palace.

There's a wonderful soundtrack too thanks to music by BAFTA award-winning composer Carl Davis.

Aladdin, BRB, Birmingham Royal Ballet
Enter the enchanted world of Aladdin by Birmingham Royal Ballet.


Audiences are treated to the classic story of Aladdin and his adventures with a magic lamp in this ballet version that features lavish sets by Dick Bird and costumes by Sue Blane plus stunning special effects and beautiful choreography.

Aladdin tours nationwide from September.

Aladdin.
The Lowry in Salford, near Manchester, from September 20 - 23. Visit the Lowry website or call 0843 208 6000 for tickets.

Birmingham Hippodrome from October 3 - 7.
See the theatre website or call 0844 338 5000 for tickets.

Theatre Royal, Plymouth from October 25 - 28.
See website or call 01752 267222.

Sadler's Wells, London from October 31 - November 2.
Call 020 7863 8000 or visit Sadler's Wells website.


PENGUIN CAFÉ MIXED PROGRAMME - STILL LIFE AT THE PENGUIN CAFE | LE BAISER DE LA FEE | ARCADIA
November 2017 - London

This trio combining works performed earlier in the season heads to London. First off is the colourful host of endangered animals dancing in Still Life at the Penguin Cafe, which includes a morris dancing flea and a ballroom-dancing ram.

still life at the penguin cafe, BRB, birmingham royal ballet
Still Life at the Penguin Cafe is a must-see from Birmingham Royal Ballet


Audiences will also be treated to Le Baiser de la fée, which follows the Hans Christian Anderson tale of a young boy after a fairy saves his life in the snow using choreography by Michael Corder and music by Stravinsky.

The final of the trio is the London premiere of Arcadia that witnesses the ancient god Pan being unleashed and includes a new score composed by renowned saxophonist John Harle.

The Mixed Programme will be at Sadler's Wells, in Rosebery Avenue, London, on November 3 - 4. For tickets call the box office on 020 7863 8000 or visit the theatre website.


THE NUTCRACKER
November – December 2017 - Birmingham

This world-famous production by Sir Peter Wright returns to Birmingham Hippodrome in the run up to Christmas.

Nutcracker ballet, Birmingham royal ballet, 2017 Christmas
Birmingham Royal Ballet's The Nutcracker


This is a truly magical production that includes exquisite set designs by John Macfarlane that transport audiences away to lands where ballerinas twirl amid snowflakes and our heroine flies on a goose.

A perfect accompaniment to Christmas, the story follows Clara as she is swept into an enchanting winter wonderland where a handsome prince with his army of toy soldiers save her from huge rats and she meets a cavalcade of characters.

Perfect for children and newcomers to ballet, this is an unforgettable ballet with memorable music by Tchaikovsky, 60 dancers and a full orchestra.

The Nutcracker will be at Birmingham Hippodrome from November 24 to December 13.
Tickets are available though the Hippodrome Box Office on 0844 338 5000 or the Hippodrome website.

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When: During 2017
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Where: UK Tour including Birmingham, Salford and London
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