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Tuesday 11th June starting at 1915 (3hrs 15mins)
Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth MacMillan’s 20th century ballet masterpiece. Shakespeare’s enduring love story is known the world over. Since its 1965 premiere with The Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet has become a modern ballet classic. The choreography captures the emotions of the young couple as they fall in love, despite the barriers that finally bring about the story’s tragic end. Each revival gives opportunities for new dancers to interpret the doomed lovers. The whole Company brings the colour and action of Renaissance Verona, where a busy market all too quickly bursts into sword fighting, and a family feud leads to tragedy for both the Montagues and Capulets.
Plus in some cinemas the Encore showing of Romeo and Juliet, Monday 17th June starting at 1400
This expressive new work, created for Northern Ballet, tells the story of Queen Victoria from the perspective of her youngest daughter and lifelong companion, Princess Beatrice. In a multi-layered narrative ballet, choreographer Cathy Marston (the acclaimed Jane Eyre, also for Northern Ballet) traces the life of the queen/wife/mother through chapters of passion and tragedy as Beatrice transcribes her mother’s intimate diaries. Going back in time from Victoria’s deathbed, the princess relives her memories of her mother as a secluded widow before discovering her anew through her challenging relationship with her own mother, the Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. Beatrice also discovers the truth about her parents’ marriage and her mother’s ambiguous relationship with John Brown as well as revisiting political events such as the Opium Wars and the Great Exhibition. The ballet has a score commissioned from Philip Feeney and is a co-production between Northern Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada.
There is lots of exciting news from Birmingham Royal Ballet so do check out the News page on the company’s website: click on the heading above.
The company also celebrates David Bintley’s directorship of the Company as he leaves after 24 years. When it was announced he would be leaving he said … The company also celebrates David Bintley’s directorship of the Company as he leaves after 24 years. When it was announced he would be leaving he said …
“I’ve been a part of this great Company since I first joined as a boy, forty two years ago. I’ve had the even greater privilege of leading Birmingham Royal Ballet for the past twenty three years, and I’d like to thank everyone who’s been a part of our wonderful ‘family’ during that time. Whatever the future may hold for me I will look back on these years as being the pinnacle of my life in dance and the ones which brought me the greatest artistic and personal joy”.
The Royal Opera House has announced its 2019-2020 season …
At the bottom it says … Cinema highlights include: The Royal Ballet’s Coppélia, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Full details to follow.