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September 2, 2010

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Concerto Natasha Oughtred and Jamie Bond with Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet. Photograph : Bill Cooper

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Romeo and Juliet Iain Mackay as Romeo and Jenna Roberts as Juliet. Photograph : Roy Smiljanic
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In the Upper Room Elisha Willis Angela Paul Carol-Anne Millar Jonathan Payn Robert Parker and James Grundy. Photograph : Bill Cooper


Kenneth MacMillan’s production of Romeo and Juliet

A mixed bill Pointes of View


Birmingham Royal Ballet is delighted to return to the Birmingham Hippodrome stage from 22 September – 2 October 2010.  The Company kicks off its autumn season with two programmes, a mixed bill Pointes of View and Kenneth MacMillan’s famous production of Romeo and Juliet. Due to popular public demand an extra performance of Romeo and Juliet is added to the Birmingham season. The 2010 autumn season continues to celebrate the Company’s 20th anniversary in the City of Birmingham.


POINTES OF VIEW                                                                           22 – 25 September

(Concerto / The Lady and the Fool / In the Upper Room)


A joyous and uplifting ballet by the genius behind the Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto is one of his most popular works in which sparkling displays of energy and virtuosity frame a tender pas de deux.  Music is by Shostakovich with costumes by Jürgen Rose and lighting by John B. Read.

The Lady and the Fool is a remarkable, unsentimental but passionate dance created in 1954 by John Cranko, MacMillan’s contemporary and friend and another influential 20th-century choreographer. This short comic ballet tells the story of a high society lady who falls in love with a humble clown.   Music is by Verdi with designs by Kate Ford and lighting by Mark Jonathan.

In contrast, In the Upper Room features dancers in trainers and striking red pointe shoes who dominate the stage with energy and flair in this athletic ballet by American dance phenomenon Twyla Tharp. Last performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2005 music is by Philip Glass with costumes by Norma Kamali and lighting by Jennifer Tipton.


ROMEO AND JULIET                                                                      28 September – 2 October


Please note due to popular demand the first night in Birmingham is Tuesday 28 September and not Wednesday 29 September as previously stated.



First performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1992, Romeo and Juliet, created by Kenneth MacMillan, a legendary master of modern ballet enjoyed its world premiere in 1965 performed by the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House.


One of the greatest love stories ever told it tells the tale of young Romeo Montague who tricks his way into the lavish Capulet’s masked ball and sees the young Juliet Capulet, it is love at first dance! Boldly forgoing the approval of their families, the young lovers play by their own rules and soon their dangerous seduction is filled with secrets as the star-crossed pair hatch a perilous plot. Can Romeo and Juliet play tricks with life and death – or will death play a final trick on them?


With a sweeping score, composed by Sergei Prokofiev in 1935, performed by 60 members of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia and soaring MacMillan choreography for a cast of over 60, Romeo and Juliet continues to be an all-time classic love story.  Set and costume designs are by Paul Andrews and lighting is by John B. Read.  




(Concerto / The Lady and the Fool / In the Upper Room)

Birmingham Hippodrome:              22 – 25 September 2010


Please note the change in repertory for London and Plymouth:

(Concerto/ Slaughter on Tenth Avenue/In the Upper Room)

Sadler’s Wells London:                                15 – 16 October 2010

Theatre Royal Plymouth:                             19 – 20 October 2010


Birmingham Hippodrome:              28 September – 2 October 2010

Sunderland Empire:                          6 – 9 October 2010

Sadler’s Wells London:                                12 – 14 October 2010

Theatre Royal Plymouth:                             21 – 23 October 2010

Venue and booking information:

Birmingham Hippodrome: Tickets: 0844 338 5000       

Sunderland Empire: Tickets: 0844 847 24 99                 

Sadler’s Wells London: Tickets: 0844 412 4300

Theatre Royal Plymouth: Tickets: 01752 230440          

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