But when the doctor leaves Coppélia on his workshop balcony, the locals mistake her for a real-life person, which stirs up trouble between Franz and his jealous fiancée, Swanilda, who breaks into the toy shop and gets up to some mischief of her own.
It is a fun, lively, romantic and light-hearted ballet that is perfect for children and adults alike.
The show is around 2 hours and 25 minutes long.
Giselle - June 27 - 30, 2013
Giselle is a little more sombre than Coppelia, but just as compelling. David Bintley and Galina Sasova have worked together to create this version of Giselle.
Scene from Birmingham Royal Ballet's Giselle. Photo Bill Cooper
The tale is set in a mountain village where Giselle is in love with Loys. Unbeknown to the heroine, her lover is betrothed to another and is the son of a local lord. When she discovers the truth, it drives poor Giselle to take her own life.
After her funeral, her sorrowful love visits her grave, but he is in terrible danger from bitter ghosts of jilted brides who condemn him to dance himself to death. Only Giselle's love, powerful enough to reach from beyond the grave, can save him, but will she get there in time?
The show is 2 hours long.
Birmingham Royal Ballet @ Birmingham Hippodrome. COPPELIA
Tuesday 4 June – 7.30pm
Wednesday 5 June – 2pm and 7.30pm
Thursday 6 June – 7.30pm
Friday 7 June – 6.30pm
Saturday 8 June – 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Wednesday 19 June – 7.30pm
Thursday 20 June – 2pm and 7.30pm
Friday 21 June – 6.30pm
Saturday 22 June – 2.30pm and 7.30pm
(Giselle will also be performed at Belfast Grand Opera House from June 26 to 29, 2013, and the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin from July 4 to 6, 2013).