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An imaginative reworking of a classic story that celebrates the power of family love.

Through a lonely childhood the Princess Sakura mourns the death of her brother and the slow disintegration of her once allpowerful father the Emperor of the Chrysanthemum Throne, who, broken by the death of his son, allows his new wife to take control of his kingdom.

Presented with a choice of four powerful and wealthy husbands, Sakura’s memories of the true love she once felt for her brother gives her the courage to refuse her suitors. Her resolve is reinforced when a fifth suitor arrives at the palace – a scaly Salamander, both fascinating and repellent. Determined not to be forced to follow her stepmother’s bidding, Princess Sakura throws herself on the mercy of the new arrival.

After a long and dangerous journey, which takes them through the elements of earth, air, fire and water, they arrive at the Salamander’s kingdom, but Sakura’s adventure has only just begun.

David Bintley’s ballet to Benjamin Britten’s only commissioned ballet score was rapturously received by audiences and critics at its premiere by the National Ballet of Japan in 2011. The spectacular and imaginative costumes from War Horse designer Rae Smith bring to life the elegance and beauty of the Chrysanthemum Kingdom, and capture our imagination in the fantastical journey through the elements.

Follow the creative processes behind staging The Prince of the Pagodas on our blog www.creatingpagodas.com



★★★★★
'A crowning glory for brilliant Bintley... this is one not to miss'
THE INDEPENDENT

★★★★★
'A real theatrical feast of delights... visually stunning'
WHATS ON STAGE

'Stunning sets and costumes... beautiful pas de deux'
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

'Choruses of carnivalesque monsters and parasol-twirling dancers'
THE GUARDIAN

'Lovely, expressive choreography... ambitious and imaginative'
THE SUNDAY TIMES


The Prince of the Pagodas is supported by







Boltini Trust, Perry Family Charitable Trust, City of Birmingham Orchestral Endowment Fund, Leche Trust, Owen Family Trust, Birmingham Royal Ballet's New Production Syndicate and the Director's Appeal 2013-14

London Season generously supported by Aud Jebsen.

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Credits


Music Benjamin Britten
Choreography David Bintley
Designs Rae Smith
Lighting Peter Teigen

World premiere


National Ballet of Japan, 30 October 2011, Tokyo

First performance by Birmingham Royal Ballet


23 January 2014, The Lowry, Salford
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