Leticia Müller as Isabella; photo: Bill Cooper
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'Here are the sweeping landscapes of a menacing
world – where the grim reaper, scythe in hand, hides round
Director David Bintley’s astonishing interpretation of Christopher Marlowe’s
dark epic is set during a scandalous and merciless era of English history.
Exquisite evocations of cruel medieval England are created by John McCabe's
score, which brilliantly counterpoints Peter J. Davison's monumental sets.
These are reinforced by renowned fashion designer Jasper Conran's lavish and
licentious leather costumes.
In this fierce and sadistic atmosphere, Edward makes his first provocative
act on becoming king – to recall his male lover, Piers Gaveston, from exile.
Quickly enraged by her husband's pampered boyfriend, Edward's wife, Isabella,
supports a petition to hunt down and remove Gaveston. But the chase escalates
dangerously, resulting in Gaveston's brutal murder. Grief stricken, Edward vows
David Bintley created Edward II for Stuttgart Ballet in 1995, first
staging it for BRB to great critical acclaim in 1997. This eagerly anticipated
revival contrasts passages of intense passion and primitivism.
Edward II contains violent and sexually explicit scenes; discretion
should be used when bringing young children to these performances.
Visit www.brb.org.uk/edwardii to find out more about the ballet.
Approx 2 hours and 20 minutes
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Music John McCabe
Choreographer David Bintley
Design Peter Davison
Costumes Jasper Conran
Lighting Peter Mumford
Stuttgart Ballet, 15 April 1995, Stuttgart
First performance by Birmingham Royal Ballet
9 October 1997, Birmingham Hippodrome
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