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A magical fairytale transformed into a full length ballet
It was back in 2010 at Birmingham's Symphony Hall that a British audience got the first chance to sneak a peak at part of the new ballet, Aladdin.

I was lucky enough to see the enchanting pas de deux between Aladdin and the princess at the time. It was a mouth-watering morsel ahead of the long-awaited production by Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB).

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Birmingham Royal Ballet's long-awaited Aladdin production will finally be shown in the UK


Three years later and BRB artistic director, David Bintley, is ready to premiere his creation to the UK. Bintley's full-length fairytale ballet with a score by Carl Davis was created for the National Ballet of Japan in 2008 for a world premiere in Tokyo.

But from February 15, Aladdin will finally be performed in England with 12 performances at Birmingham Hippodrome before heading off on a UK tour.

The ballet brings the famous tale of mischevious Aladdin to life with dances around his romance, escapades and trickery.

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Princess Badral-Badur and Aladdin fly into a romance on a magic carpet


The ballet begins with Aladdin's run-in with Palace guards that leads the young tearaway into a whirlwind of adventure and romance, involving unbelievable riches, love at first sight, treachery, and of course a magic lamp.

Duped into helping an evil Maghrib, Aladdin finds himself trapped in a cave for three days and nights, with no light and nothing to eat. But it is only when he attempts to light the old lamp he's found, that his real adventure begins.

Bintley was responsible for BRB's award-winning Cinderella and Hobson's Choice productions, while composer Davis has a BAFTA Award for Best Film Music under his belt for writing the film score for The French Lieutenant's Woman in 1981. He also wrote the music for BRB's Cyrano, in another collaboration with Bintley, and television favourites Pride and Prejudice and Cranford.

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Aladdin being performed in Tokyo

To make it more accessible to children, BRB has included special family-friendly show times during its run in Birmingham at 1pm on Sunday February 17 and 6.30pm on Friday February 22.

Aladdin will be performed at Birmingham Hippodrome from February 15 until February 23.

Dates and times of the spring tour to Salford, Plymouth, Sunderland and London Coliseum are listed below.

Tickets for Birmingham Hippodrome are priced between £15 and £47 from Birmingham Hippodrome Website or 0844 338 5000.

Aladdin is a co-production with Houston Ballet Foundation and supported this year by The John Ellerman Foundation, the estate of Margery Bremner and the estate of Pamela Green.

UK tour dates:
The Lowry, Salford - February 27 - March 2, 2013
Box Office: 0843 208 6007 or www.thelowry.com

Theatre Royal Plymouth - March 6 - March 9, 2013
Box Office: 01752 267 222 or www.theatreroyal.com

Sunderland Empire Theatre - March 14 - March 16, 2013
Box Office: 0844 871 3022 or Sunderland Empire Ticket Website

London Coliseum - March 20 - March 24, 2013
Box Office: 020 7845 9300 or www.eno.org
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When: February 15 to February 23
Where: Birmingham Hippodrome
Cost: £15 - £47
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