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Birmingham Royal Ballet - Coppélia & Giselle at Birmingham Hippodrome

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Classic ballets of Coppelia and Giselle
Birmingham Royal Ballet performs two of the most celebrated classical dance shows for its summer season at Birmingham Hippodrome - Coppelia and Giselle.

There are even early night showings on Friday evenings at 6.30pm, which suit parents who want to bring children to see a performance.

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Birmingham Royal Ballet's Giselle. Photo Bill Cooper


Coppelia - June 4 - 8, 2013

Sir Peter Wright has choreographed this production of Coppelia.

The enchanting tale of magic and love follows eccentric toymaker Dr Coppélius, who locks himself away, working on a mechanical doll, Coppélia, who he hopes to bring to life.

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A scene from Birmingham Royal Ballet's Coppélia with Jade Heusen in 'Dance of the Hours' . Photo Roy Smiljanic


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.

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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

GISELLE
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).

Tickets cost £15 to £47 from 0844 338 5000 or www.birminghamhippodrome.com
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Why? See some of the world's best ballets
When: June 4 - June 22, 2013
Phone: 0844 338 5000
Where: Birmingham Hippodrome
Cost: £15 - £47
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