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Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
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The Lowry, Salford
Theatre Royal Nottingham
Theatre Royal Plymouth
Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Wales Millennium Centre
Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe

By show

Company Class
First Steps: a child's Swan Lake
North tour spring 2015
Pre-performance talk
South tour spring 2015
Swan Lake
The King Dances / Carmina burana
Variations triple bill (tour)

Autumn Celebration

The Grand Tour | Faster | The Dream

There are no performances listed for Autumn Celebration

A sizzling taste of Shakespeare, Noël Coward and Olympic dreams

All aboard for the roaring 20s! Setting out for Europe, our heroine, a doughty American spinster, can't believe her luck when she embarks on her cruise and finds herself in the company of 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 necessarily the friendliest of shipmates. Add stowaways and a rather handsome Chief Steward into the mix and things might get a little... complicated.

Choreographer of many films and hit Broadway shows, American Joe Layton's The Grand Tour is a genuinely funny take on the eccentric celebrities that populated England's stages, screens and newspapers in 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.

A ballet inspired by the Olympic motto, Faster, Higher, Stronger
A brand-new ballet from the award-winning team behind E=mc². After winning the last ever 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 if a group of mischievous fairies have anything to do with it!

In Frederick Ashton's The Dream, having argued with beautiful Titania, Oberon, king of the fairies, seeks a suitable revenge. He orders the fairy 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 - over-use of the love potion pits friend against friend and hilariously embroils four poor mortals in the fairies' games.

Felix Mendelsson's tuneful and instantly recognisable music to A Midsummer Night's Dream becomes the basis for Ashton's elfin comedy, as he shows his mastery of dance, theatre and humour, weaving and unravelling an other-worldly web of mischief.

'A programme perfectly planned and perfectly executed.'
'What The Grand Tour shares with Midnight in Paris is a sublime and affectionate silliness. The dancers catch the tone, and mix a perfect little dry martini with which to start an evening.'

'A marathon of speedy momentum and dance athleticism for a cast in sext-sporty costumes.'
'Bintley has surely scored a winner, and the dancers deserve medals.'

'A very good piece of work, fast, strong, theatrically clever and musically powerful.'
'An outstanding new ballet.'

'A jewel of compressed wit created by a master.'
THE ARTS DESK on The Dream

'Nothing could be more awesome or more illustrative of the dedication, intensity, aspiration and power of elite athletes.'
THE STAGE on Faster

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The Dream

Music Felix Mendelssohn
Arranged by John Lanchbery
Choreography Frederick Ashton
Design Peter Farmer
Lighting John B. Read

The Grand Tour

Music Noël Coward
Freely adapted and orchestrated by Hershy Kay
Choreography Joe Layton
Designs John Conklin
Lighting Peter Teigen


Music Matthew Hindson
Choreography David Bintley
Costumes Becs Andrews
Lighting Peter Mumford
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