Birmingham Royal Ballet’s London premiere of Cinderella

January 24, 2011

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the clock strikes midnight in Cinderella

Cinderella Photograph : BBC/Bill Cooper





Following its world premiere season in Birmingham and subsequent Christmas Day BBC Television debut, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s new production of Cinderella, by Director David Bintley, will receive its London Premiere on Tuesday 29 March 2011, at the London Coliseum.

The event will mark the end of the Company’s celebration of the move to Birmingham 20 years ago, becoming the now internationally acclaimed Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Cinderella in her kitchen

Cinderella Photograph : BBC/Bill Cooper

Performing until Saturday 2 April at the London Coliseum, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of the fairytale classic Cinderella, designed by John Macfarlane is sponsored (2010) by Mitchells & Butlers plc and supported (2010) by generous donations from David Lloyd, the estate of the late Lynne Groom and the Garfield Weston Foundation with additional support from Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director’s Appeal, The Clock is Ticking campaign and The Big Arts Give 2010.

A favourite for all the family, this classic fairytale tells the story of Cinderella, a young girl who is neglected and mistreated by her stepmother and sisters.   Cinderella’s life is one of drudgery and hardship until the evening of a wonderful ball at the palace when her Fairy Godmother appears to cast a spell that will change her life forever.  Transformed into a beautiful princess, Cinderella dances the night away in the arms of a handsome prince, before the clock chimes midnight and brings a sudden end to the party. 

The production brings together, in their first-ever collaboration, the award-winning Director and choreographer David Bintley and internationally recognised artist and designer John Macfarlane.  Cinderella also sees Bintley collaborating with lighting designer David Finn for the first time.

the stars in Cinderella

Cinderella Photograph : BBC/Bill Cooper

Bintley has choreographed a string of successful ballets including Hobson’s Choice, Cyrano, Edward II, Far from the Madding Crowd and Beauty and the Beast, has been awarded a CBE in 2001 and won the last-ever ITV South Bank Show Dance Award in 2010 for his ballet E=mc².  Macfarlane’s designs have captivated audiences around the world including Birmingham Royal Ballet’s renowned production of Sir Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker and the recent Le Baiser de la fée.   Finn was resident lighting designer for Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project for eight years. His designs can be seen in the repertories of many dance companies including National Ballet of Canada, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Australian Ballet, Twyla Tharp and Dancers and Paul Taylor Dance Company.

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Cinderella is performed to one of Prokofiev’s most popular and melodious compositions, composed between 1940 and 1944, and will be played by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, the Orchestra of Birmingham Royal Ballet.  The Royal Ballet Sinfonia is Britain’s busiest ballet orchestra, playing for Birmingham Royal Ballet’s wide-ranging programme in the UK and abroad.


Booking and venue information:

London Coliseum (LONDON PREMIERE)

29 March–2 April 2011

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Tuesday 29 March – Saturday 2 April 2011 – Evenings at 7.30pm

Saturday 2 April – Matinee at 2.30pm

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