BALLET IN BIRMINGHAM CITY CENTRE IN 2019

Birmingham has a lot to offer ballet enthusiasts, particularly as it is home to the famous Birmingham Royal Ballet.  We’ve had a look at some of the ballets being performed during 2019.

If you’re driving in to the city, B4 Car Park is conveniently located within walking distance of the venues listed below.  It offers a modern, clean and well-lit place to leave your car.

 

Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

5  – 16 February 2019

Matthew Bourne and award-winning designers Lez Brotherston (Set & Costumes) and Paule Constable (Lighting) create an exciting reimagining of the classic production.

Thrilling, audacious, witty and emotive, this Swan Lake is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble.  It shattered conventions, turned tradition upside down and took the dance world by storm.

Collecting over thirty international accolades, Matthew Bourne’s powerful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece is a passionate and contemporary Swan Lake for our times.

Symphony Hall, Broad Street
An evening of music and dance
15 February 2019

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s orchestra, The Royal Ballet Sinfonia, shares the stage with the Company’s world-class dancers for an evening of music and dance.  Director David Bintley will provide the commentary.  The programme will include Verdi: Force of Destiny Overture; Copland: The Red Pony Suite excerpts and Elgar: Sospiri.

Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street
Beauty & The Beast
19 Feb – 2 March 2019

A cruel Prince, cursed to spend the rest of his life living in a fantastical castle, finds salvation in the heart of a beautiful girl. Caught stealing a single rose, Belle’s desperate father exchanges his youngest daughter’s freedom for his own life.

In his distant castle the Beast, stripped of his handsome features and his very humanity, must win her heart, or spend the rest of his life in bitter solitude.

All performances feature live music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted for these performances by Paul Murphy, Koen Kessels and Philip Ellis.

Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street
Hobson’s Choice
19  –  22 June 2019

Join feisty Maggie as she puts the world to rights, outsmarts her inebriated father, bags herself the perfect man and starts up her own business to boot.

David Bintley’s ballet has been extremely popular ever since it was premiered at the Royal Opera House in 1989.

All performances feature live music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by Paul Murphy and Philip Ellis.

Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street
Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet
10 – 14 September 2019

Confined against their will by a society that seeks to divide, two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together.  Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story.

Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street
The Nutcracker
22 Nov –  14 Dec 2019

The Nutcracker has been a part of the City’s Christmas tradition since 1990 and returns to Birmingham Hippodrome in November 2019.

Young Clara is swept away into an enchanting winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and a Sugar Plum Fairy.   This most festive ballet is the perfect Christmas treat for the whole family.

This world-famous production by Sir Peter Wright, with exquisite designs by John Macfarlane, is acclaimed as one of the best.

 

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