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2011–12 season on-sale dates

23 March: BRB Friends (season and individual tickets), plus season tickets for previous subscribers (all postal only)
28 March: New season ticket purchasers (postal only)
20 April: Individual tickets for BRB Friends (telephone), Birmingham Hippodrome Friends and Groups (ten +)
21 April: On-line individual tickets
26 April: Telephone and in-person individual tickets

All information can be found at www.brb.org.uk/subscription

Birmingham Royal Ballet at Birmingham Hippodrome
Calendar 2011-12


Beauty and the Beast
28 September –2 October 2011
Music Glenn Buhr; Choreography David Bintley; Designs Philip Prowse; Lighting Mark Jonathan

Autumn glory
Checkmate | Symphonic Variations | Pineapple Poll

6–8 October 2011
Checkmate: Music Arthur Bliss; Choreography Ninette de Valois; Designs E.McKnight Kauffer; Lighting John B. Read; Symphonic Variations: Music César Franck Choreography Frederick Ashton Designs Sophie Fedorovitch Lighting John B. Read; Pineapple Poll: Music Arthur Sullivan arranged by Charles Mackerras; Choreography John Cranko; Designs Osbert Lancaster; Lighting Neil Austin

The Nutcracker
25 November–11 December 2011
Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Choreography PeterWright, Vincent Redmon, Lev Ivanov; Production Peter Wright; Designs John F. Macfarlane; Lighting David A. Finn

Hobson’s Choice
22–25 February 2012
Music Paul Reade; Choreography David Bintley; Designs Hayden Griffin (costumes co-designed with Claudia Mayer); Lighting John B. Read

Spring passions
Daphnis and Chloë | The Two Pigeons

29 February–3 March 2012
Daphnis and Chloë: Music Maurice Ravel; Choreography Frederick Ashton; Designs John Craxton; Lighting Peter Teigen; The Two Pigeons: Music André Messager; Choreography Frederick Ashton; Designs Jacques Dupont; Lighting Mark Jonathan

Far from the Madding Crowd
20–23 June 2012
Music Paul Reade; Choreography David Bintley; Designs Hayden Griffin; Lighting Mark Jonathan

Summer celebration
The Grand Tour | Faster, Higher, Stronger | The Dream

27–30 June 2012
The Dream: Music Felix Mendelssohn, arranged by John Lanchbery; Choreography Frederick Ashton; Designs Peter Farmer; Lighting John B. Read; The Grand Tour: Music Noel Coward, freely adapted and orchestrated by Hershy Kay; Choreography Joe Layton; Designs John Conklin; Lighting Peter Teigen; Faster, Higher, Stronger: Music Matthew Hindson; Choreography David Bintley



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Birmingham Royal Ballet triumphs in Japan
09 June 2011
Birmingham Royal Ballet to proceed with 2011 tour to Japan
15 April 2011
2011-12 season at Birmingham Hippodrome
21 March 2011
Birmingham Royal Ballet's split tour 2011
07 February 2011
An Evening of Music and Dance at Birmingham Symphony Hall, Friday 4 February 2011
10 January 2011
2011 international tour to Hong Kong
06 January 2011
Birmingham Royal Ballet's brand-new production of Cinderella
02 November 2010
Birmingham Royal Ballet's ArtsFest 2010 performances supported by The Ticket Factory
08 September 2010
Birmingham Royal Ballet's 2010 split tour
13 April 2010
Birmingham Royal Ballet announces only international engagement for 2010
18 March 2010
Company Gala to be attended by their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall
25 February 2010
Birmingham Royal Ballet scoops prestigious South Bank Show award
27 January 2010
New production of Cinderella announced for winter 2010
07 December 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet announce appointment of new Music Director
06 November 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet Nominated for a TMA Award
15 October 2009
Promotions and New Dancers Announced
06 July 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet Appoints New Ballet Master
18 June 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet's Summer Performances at the Hippodrome
13 May 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet announces 2009-10 season
09 April 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet at the Coliseum
26 March 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet's Spring 2009 Season at the Birmingham Hippodrome
09 February 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet's Triumphant Return from China
06 February 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet's Tour to China
18 December 2008
Appointment of New Chairman to Birmingham Royal Ballet Board
03 December 2008
Birmingham Royal Ballet to take part in Spring Dance at the London Coliseum
22 October 2008
Company invites first-time attenders for free
06 October 2008
Company announcements 2008
15 July 2008
David Bintley announcement
26 June 2008
Summer season at Birmingham Hippodrome 2008
12 May 2008
Desmond Kelly OBE Appointed as Artistic Director of Elmhurst
07 May 2008
Birmingham Royal Ballet Unveils 2008/09 Season
28 April 2008
Dance Track Celebrates 10 Years and Expands
02 April 2008

Scheme to find talented Youngsters to reach Aston, Lozells and Handsworth
02 April 2008
Young and old unite at Easter
01 April 2008
Five Years of Freefall Dance
11 March 2008
Iain Mackay and Sylvia Jimenez Announce Future Plans
06 March 2008
Chi Cao to Feature in Film Adaptation of Bestseller
04 March 2008
National Dance Awards for Desmond Kelly, Marion Tait and Carol-Anne Millar
23 January 2008
Swan Lake and All That Jazz at the Birmingham Hippodrome
15 January 2008
Swan Lake at the Belfast Grand Opera House
14 January 2008
Company tour Japan 2008
19 December 2007
The Nutcracker returns to the Birmingham Hippodrome
30 October 2007
Birmingham Royal Ballet triumphs at TMA Awards
22 October 2007
Guest Artists for autumn 2007 dates
17 September 2007
Sadler's Wells autumn 2007
13 September 2007
Birmingham Royal Ballet's autumn season at Birmingham Hippodrome
01 August 2007
End of Season Announcements
08 July 2007
Principal dancer Robert Parker announces 2006/07 season his last
05 February 2007
Newly appointed Director of Learning
25 January 2007
BRB to debut at 2007 Virginia Arts Festival
08 December 2006
Royal Patron for Elmhurst School for Dance
17 October 2006
BRB to perfom romantic classic Romeo and Juliet at Birmingham Hippodrome
25 August 2006
BRB announcements August 2006
10 August 2006
Development Director appointed at Birmingham Royal Ballet
16 June 2006
Elmhurst School for Dance appoints new Artistic Director
02 February 2004

 
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2011-12 season at Birmingham Hippodrome


21 March 2011

Celebrate the rich heritage of English ballet
A world premiere by David Bintley



Ticket Sales On-line: www.birminghamhippodrome.com
Ticket Sales: 0844 338 5000


Birmingham Royal Ballet is pleased to announce its 2011–12 season at its home theatre, Birmingham Hippodrome.

Birmingham Royal Ballet is fortunate to be part of a great English tradition of excellence and creativity, which has resulted in a unique style and repertory dating back to the 1930s. The Company has spent the last 20 years in Birmingham strengthening and augmenting this.

Given the current economic climate this is likely to be a tough year for the Company, but Birmingham Royal Ballet is prepared for this. By taking this opportunity to look back at some of the key works of the Company’s repertory in The Dream, Hobson's Choice and Far from the Madding Crowd, we celebrate the rich and varied storytelling tradition of this country.

2011-12 sees the build-up to a great sporting endeavour in the UK, the hosting of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Birmingham Royal Ballet trust this new season of ballet will demonstrate that this tradition of endeavour, perseverance and attainment is not just confined to the world of sport.

The following information lists the many exciting productions on offer, culminating in the world premiere of a new ballet by Director David Bintley in the summer of 2012 that will capture the spirit of the pre-Olympics period – hope, aspiration and sheer determination to perform.

AUTUMN SEASON 2011


Beauty and the Beast


28 September–2 October 2011

Autumn glory:


Checkmate | Symphonic Variations | Pineapple Poll


6–8 October 2011

Beauty and the Beast is a gothic fairytale from David Bintley, the creator of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s smash-hit Cinderella. A cruel Prince, cursed to spend the rest of his life living in a fantastical castle with the animals he callously hunted, finds salvation in the heart of a beautiful girl. Caught stealing a single rose, Belle’s desperate father exchanges his life for his youngest daughter’s freedom. In his distant castle the Beast, stripped of his handsome features, must win her heart, or spend the rest of his life in solitude. A beautiful girl, a hideous beast, a golden ballroom full of animals, two outrageously haughty sisters and a grumpy grandmother worthy of Roald Dahl, dance, prance and rage through the unfolding pages of Philip Prowse’s stunning storybook sets of forests and castles.

David Bintley’s rich choreography brings to life magical transformations, wild waltzes, soaring formations of birds and a relationship between Belle and the Beast that is at first terrifying, but ultimately serene and beautiful. Music is by Canadian composer Glenn Buhr with designs by Philip Prowse.

Autumn glory features three distinguished one-act ballets from the heart of this country’s rich heritage.

Ninette de Valois’ choreography for Checkmate is a dramatic and stylised mix of lust, trickery and betrayal. A gallant Red Knight, devoted to his king, is seduced and destroyed by the ruthless Black Queen in de Valois’ story of a game of chess played between love and death. With a score by Sir Arthur Bliss, and designs by E. McKnight Kauffer, the ballet prophetically anticipated the merciless savagery of World War II and, at nearly 75 years old, is deservedly one of the earliest English ballets still in the repertory.

The pared-down purity of Frederick Ashton's Symphonic Variations showcases technically brilliant dance from a master choreographer. Danced to César Franck’s exquisitely concise Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra, this ballet for six dancers is hailed as one of the greatest masterpieces of English ballet.

With the aid of a foot-tapping medley of the best of Gilbert and Sullivan, and the comic choreographic touch of John Cranko, Pineapple Poll is a 3-D cartoon classic! When dashing Captain Belaye arrives in town, the female population, Poll included, swoon! Whilst half-heartedly dodging the attentions of Jasper, the local inn’s potboy, she finds herself leading a band of desperate, love-lorn ladies. When will the oblivious Captain Belaye notice his crew have mysteriously shrunk and aren't at home in their beards?

WINTER SEASON 2011


The Nutcracker


25 November–11 December 2011

Let yourself get swept up in the excitement of Christmas with one of the most famous classical ballets of all time, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. In this unparalleled, world-famous production by Peter Wright, complete with sets and costumes by John Macfarlane, the designer of the Company's stunning Cinderella, this is one not to be missed. After sneaking downstairs at midnight to play with her new Nutcracker doll, Clara is swept up in a fantasy of toy soldiers, giant rats, snow fairies, magic and mystery. After saving her beloved Nutcracker from the King of the Rats, she is whisked away to an enchanted land and dances the night away in his arms, meeting a host of strange and exotic characters, before she is finally transformed into a beautiful ballerina. The night passes in a blur and she wakes up on Christmas morning, at the foot of the Christmas tree, with memories that will stay with her forever, as the memory of this wonderful production will stay with everyone who sees it.

SPRING SEASON 2012


Hobson’s Choice


22–25 February 2012

Spring passions:


Daphnis and Chloë | The Two Pigeons


29 February – 3 March 2012

Hobson’s Choice is a story of boots, booze, love and laughter from award-winning choreographer David Bintley.

Meet Henry Hobson, boot-maker. If he could see through the alcoholic haze, he would realise he had three beautiful daughters, a talented assistant and a successful business. If he’s not careful though, he’ll lose the lot. He drinks his profits and refuses to let his daughters marry.

Meet Maggie, Henry’s eldest daughter. A fierce woman, and with her sheer stubbornness, determination and the occasional choice word, she keeps her father and his business sailing in the right direction. Her heart is as hard as her tongue is sharp, but perhaps there is one man who can bring about a most out-of-character change...

Meet Will Mossop, Henry’s talented boot-hand, the unacknowledged success behind Hobson’s business and a man for whom the phrase ‘wouldn’t say boo to a goose’ was surely invented! One night after work, he creeps out from his basement workroom to try on some of the wonderful shoes he has made. Everything is going swimmingly until Maggie singlehandedly turns the wide-eyed cobbler’s world upside down. When Hobson’s Choice was premiered in 1989 at the Royal Opera House, David Bintley’s earthy comedy received a standing ovation the likes of which hadn’t been seen since the premiere of Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée in 1960.

With one of those scores you can’t help but whistle by Paul Reade, composer of theme tunes for The Antiques Roadshow and The Flumps, the ballet has remained hugely popular ever since.

Spring passions is a double-bill featuring two uplifting stories of young love’s survival when tested to breaking-point.

Daphnis and Chloeuml; is set on an island paradise in ancient Greece: lost in their love for each other, Daphnis and Chloë struggle against jealous rivals and pillaging pirates to be together, but ultimately only the power of the god Pan can reunite them. Considered by many to be Maurice Ravel’s greatest orchestral score and with choreography by Frederick Ashton, Daphnis and Chloë is one of the many great ballets from the outstanding legacy left by Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes.

The Two Pigeons, Frederick Ashton’s poignant Parisian idyll tells of a young man, growing up and finding himself frustrated with the immaturity of his fiancée. He flies the nest, leaving her to her tears, and falls in with a group of wild gypsies. The young girl pursues him and battles for his heart with a gypsy beauty. The beauty’s jealous lover beats the young man to within an inch of his life. Realising what he has given up, he returns to his apartment in Paris, into the forgiving arms of his sweetheart. The closing reconciliation pas de deux, which features two live pigeons, is a true tear-jerker and a favourite in galas the world over. A romantic score by André Messager perfectly complements the drama and emotion of the dance.

SUMMER SEASON 2012


Far from the Madding Crowd


20–23 June 2012

Summer celebration:


The Grand Tour | Faster, Higher, Stronger | The Dream


27–30 June 2012

Passions run out of control in David Bintley’s balletic adaption of Thomas Hardy’s famous novel, Far from the Madding Crowd.

An enrapturing story of lust, deceit and murder, with one woman at the centre of it all. Bathsheba Everdene sends ripples through the lives of three men as they compete for her love. The dependable farm-hand Gabriel Oak, the dignified but obsessive William Boldwood and the dashing but deceitful Sergeant Francis Troy all vie for the heart of the woman they love…Bathsheba’s complex relationships with all three leads one to death, one to madness and the other to true love.

Adorned in stunningly detailed period costumes and sets by designer Hayden Griffin, and with an evocative score by Paul Reade, composer of the Company’s Hobson’s Choice, Far from the Madding Crowd makes a very welcome return to the stage. If you are a fan of the world of Gone with the Wind, Cranford or The Forsyte Saga, this is a ballet for you.

Summer celebration features three one-act ballets combining the old and the new.

All aboard for the roaring 1920s! The Grand Tour sees our heroine, a doughty American spinster, embarking for Europe. She can’t believe her luck when she finds herself on board with a feast of famous faces. However, it turns out that Noël Coward, Gertrude Stein and George Bernard Shaw, to name but a few aren’t the friendliest of shipmates. Choreographer of many films and hit Broadway shows, American Joe Layton creates a genuinely funny take on the eccentric celebrities of the 1920s.

Accompanied by unique orchestral renditions of Noël Coward songs, the critically acclaimed The Grand Tour makes a long-overdue return to the stage.

Faster, Higher, Stronger is a brand-new ballet from the award-winning team behind E=mc2. After winning the last-ever ITV South Bank Show Dance award in 2010 with E=mc2, Company Director David Bintley embarks on a second collaboration with renowned Australian composer Matthew Hindson. This ballet of speed, power and athleticism will be a fitting creation for the lead up to London 2012.

The course of true love never did run smooth... certainly not in Frederick Ashton’s The Dream where a group of mischievous fairies are involved! Having argued with beautiful Titania, Oberon, king of the fairies, seeks a suitable revenge. He orders Puck to transform a dopey local peasant into a donkey and cause Titania to fall in love with it. This he does, but things soon get out of hand – the over-use of a love potion hilariously embroils four poor mortals in the fairies’ games.

Mendelssohn’s tuneful and instantly recognisable music becomes the basis for Ashton’s elfin comedy, as he shows his mastery of dance, theatre and humour.

ENDS

For further press information please contact:
Simon Harper, Media and PR Manager, on 0121 245 3562; Email: SimonHarper@brb.org.uk
or Claire Lishman, Media and PR Officer, on 0121 245 3549 Email: ClaireLishman@brb.org.uk

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Celebrate the rich heritage of English ballet
A world premiere by David Bintley



Ticket Sales On-line: www.birminghamhippodrome.com
Ticket Sales: 0844 338 5000


Birmingham Royal Ballet is pleased to announce its 2011–12 season at its home theatre, Birmingham Hippodrome.

Birmingham Royal Ballet is fortunate to be part of a great English tradition of excellence and creativity, which has resulted in a unique style and repertory dating back to the 1930s. The Company has spent the last 20 years in Birmingham strengthening and augmenting this.

Given the current economic climate this is likely to be a tough year for the Company, but Birmingham Royal Ballet is prepared for this. By taking this opportunity to look back at some of the key works of the Company’s repertory in The Dream, Hobson's Choice and Far from the Madding Crowd, we celebrate the rich and varied storytelling tradition of this country.

2011-12 sees the build-up to a great sporting endeavour in the UK, the hosting of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Birmingham Royal Ballet trust this new season of ballet will demonstrate that this tradition of endeavour, perseverance and attainment is not just confined to the world of sport.

The following information lists the many exciting productions on offer, culminating in the world premiere of a new ballet by Director David Bintley in the summer of 2012 that will capture the spirit of the pre-Olympics period – hope, aspiration and sheer determination to perform.

AUTUMN SEASON 2011


Beauty and the Beast


28 September–2 October 2011

Autumn glory:


Checkmate | Symphonic Variations | Pineapple Poll


6–8 October 2011

Beauty and the Beast is a gothic fairytale from David Bintley, the creator of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s smash-hit Cinderella. A cruel Prince, cursed to spend the rest of his life living in a fantastical castle with the animals he callously hunted, finds salvation in the heart of a beautiful girl. Caught stealing a single rose, Belle’s desperate father exchanges his life for his youngest daughter’s freedom. In his distant castle the Beast, stripped of his handsome features, must win her heart, or spend the rest of his life in solitude. A beautiful girl, a hideous beast, a golden ballroom full of animals, two outrageously haughty sisters and a grumpy grandmother worthy of Roald Dahl, dance, prance and rage through the unfolding pages of Philip Prowse’s stunning storybook sets of forests and castles.

David Bintley’s rich choreography brings to life magical transformations, wild waltzes, soaring formations of birds and a relationship between Belle and the Beast that is at first terrifying, but ultimately serene and beautiful. Music is by Canadian composer Glenn Buhr with designs by Philip Prowse.

Autumn glory features three distinguished one-act ballets from the heart of this country’s rich heritage.

Ninette de Valois’ choreography for Checkmate is a dramatic and stylised mix of lust, trickery and betrayal. A gallant Red Knight, devoted to his king, is seduced and destroyed by the ruthless Black Queen in de Valois’ story of a game of chess played between love and death. With a score by Sir Arthur Bliss, and designs by E. McKnight Kauffer, the ballet prophetically anticipated the merciless savagery of World War II and, at nearly 75 years old, is deservedly one of the earliest English ballets still in the repertory.

The pared-down purity of Frederick Ashton's Symphonic Variations showcases technically brilliant dance from a master choreographer. Danced to César Franck’s exquisitely concise Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra, this ballet for six dancers is hailed as one of the greatest masterpieces of English ballet.

With the aid of a foot-tapping medley of the best of Gilbert and Sullivan, and the comic choreographic touch of John Cranko, Pineapple Poll is a 3-D cartoon classic! When dashing Captain Belaye arrives in town, the female population, Poll included, swoon! Whilst half-heartedly dodging the attentions of Jasper, the local inn’s potboy, she finds herself leading a band of desperate, love-lorn ladies. When will the oblivious Captain Belaye notice his crew have mysteriously shrunk and aren't at home in their beards?

WINTER SEASON 2011


The Nutcracker


25 November–11 December 2011

Let yourself get swept up in the excitement of Christmas with one of the most famous classical ballets of all time, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. In this unparalleled, world-famous production by Peter Wright, complete with sets and costumes by John Macfarlane, the designer of the Company's stunning Cinderella, this is one not to be missed. After sneaking downstairs at midnight to play with her new Nutcracker doll, Clara is swept up in a fantasy of toy soldiers, giant rats, snow fairies, magic and mystery. After saving her beloved Nutcracker from the King of the Rats, she is whisked away to an enchanted land and dances the night away in his arms, meeting a host of strange and exotic characters, before she is finally transformed into a beautiful ballerina. The night passes in a blur and she wakes up on Christmas morning, at the foot of the Christmas tree, with memories that will stay with her forever, as the memory of this wonderful production will stay with everyone who sees it.

SPRING SEASON 2012


Hobson’s Choice


22–25 February 2012

Spring passions:


Daphnis and Chloë | The Two Pigeons


29 February – 3 March 2012

Hobson’s Choice is a story of boots, booze, love and laughter from award-winning choreographer David Bintley.

Meet Henry Hobson, boot-maker. If he could see through the alcoholic haze, he would realise he had three beautiful daughters, a talented assistant and a successful business. If he’s not careful though, he’ll lose the lot. He drinks his profits and refuses to let his daughters marry.

Meet Maggie, Henry’s eldest daughter. A fierce woman, and with her sheer stubbornness, determination and the occasional choice word, she keeps her father and his business sailing in the right direction. Her heart is as hard as her tongue is sharp, but perhaps there is one man who can bring about a most out-of-character change...

Meet Will Mossop, Henry’s talented boot-hand, the unacknowledged success behind Hobson’s business and a man for whom the phrase ‘wouldn’t say boo to a goose’ was surely invented! One night after work, he creeps out from his basement workroom to try on some of the wonderful shoes he has made. Everything is going swimmingly until Maggie singlehandedly turns the wide-eyed cobbler’s world upside down. When Hobson’s Choice was premiered in 1989 at the Royal Opera House, David Bintley’s earthy comedy received a standing ovation the likes of which hadn’t been seen since the premiere of Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée in 1960.

With one of those scores you can’t help but whistle by Paul Reade, composer of theme tunes for The Antiques Roadshow and The Flumps, the ballet has remained hugely popular ever since.

Spring passions is a double-bill featuring two uplifting stories of young love’s survival when tested to breaking-point.

Daphnis and Chloeuml; is set on an island paradise in ancient Greece: lost in their love for each other, Daphnis and Chloë struggle against jealous rivals and pillaging pirates to be together, but ultimately only the power of the god Pan can reunite them. Considered by many to be Maurice Ravel’s greatest orchestral score and with choreography by Frederick Ashton, Daphnis and Chloë is one of the many great ballets from the outstanding legacy left by Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes.

The Two Pigeons, Frederick Ashton’s poignant Parisian idyll tells of a young man, growing up and finding himself frustrated with the immaturity of his fiancée. He flies the nest, leaving her to her tears, and falls in with a group of wild gypsies. The young girl pursues him and battles for his heart with a gypsy beauty. The beauty’s jealous lover beats the young man to within an inch of his life. Realising what he has given up, he returns to his apartment in Paris, into the forgiving arms of his sweetheart. The closing reconciliation pas de deux, which features two live pigeons, is a true tear-jerker and a favourite in galas the world over. A romantic score by André Messager perfectly complements the drama and emotion of the dance.

SUMMER SEASON 2012


Far from the Madding Crowd


20–23 June 2012

Summer celebration:


The Grand Tour | Faster, Higher, Stronger | The Dream


27–30 June 2012

Passions run out of control in David Bintley’s balletic adaption of Thomas Hardy’s famous novel, Far from the Madding Crowd.

An enrapturing story of lust, deceit and murder, with one woman at the centre of it all. Bathsheba Everdene sends ripples through the lives of three men as they compete for her love. The dependable farm-hand Gabriel Oak, the dignified but obsessive William Boldwood and the dashing but deceitful Sergeant Francis Troy all vie for the heart of the woman they love…Bathsheba’s complex relationships with all three leads one to death, one to madness and the other to true love.

Adorned in stunningly detailed period costumes and sets by designer Hayden Griffin, and with an evocative score by Paul Reade, composer of the Company’s Hobson’s Choice, Far from the Madding Crowd makes a very welcome return to the stage. If you are a fan of the world of Gone with the Wind, Cranford or The Forsyte Saga, this is a ballet for you.

Summer celebration features three one-act ballets combining the old and the new.

All aboard for the roaring 1920s! The Grand Tour sees our heroine, a doughty American spinster, embarking for Europe. She can’t believe her luck when she finds herself on board with a feast of famous faces. However, it turns out that Noël Coward, Gertrude Stein and George Bernard Shaw, to name but a few aren’t the friendliest of shipmates. Choreographer of many films and hit Broadway shows, American Joe Layton creates a genuinely funny take on the eccentric celebrities of the 1920s.

Accompanied by unique orchestral renditions of Noël Coward songs, the critically acclaimed The Grand Tour makes a long-overdue return to the stage.

Faster, Higher, Stronger is a brand-new ballet from the award-winning team behind E=mc2. After winning the last-ever ITV South Bank Show Dance award in 2010 with E=mc2, Company Director David Bintley embarks on a second collaboration with renowned Australian composer Matthew Hindson. This ballet of speed, power and athleticism will be a fitting creation for the lead up to London 2012.

The course of true love never did run smooth... certainly not in Frederick Ashton’s The Dream where a group of mischievous fairies are involved! Having argued with beautiful Titania, Oberon, king of the fairies, seeks a suitable revenge. He orders Puck to transform a dopey local peasant into a donkey and cause Titania to fall in love with it. This he does, but things soon get out of hand – the over-use of a love potion hilariously embroils four poor mortals in the fairies’ games.

Mendelssohn’s tuneful and instantly recognisable music becomes the basis for Ashton’s elfin comedy, as he shows his mastery of dance, theatre and humour.