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Coppélia

Elisha Willis as Swanilda and David Morse as Dr Coppélius; photo: Bill Cooper

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Coppélia



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Coppélia

Magic, mayhem and the original living doll.

What’s at the heart of a woman? Eccentric toymaker Dr Coppélius wants to know, and he’s planning to bring his mechanical doll, Coppélia, to life – he just needs the right spell.

When Dr Coppélius leaves Coppélia on his workshop balcony she’s soon causing quite a stir in the village. Particularly in the heart of redblooded young lover Franz, and the jealous mind of his real-life fiancée, Swanilda – who’s mistaken the mannequin for a crying, talking, sleeping, walking rival. With a wild mix of abracadabra, and some mischievous maidens, comic chaos is riotously unleashed when humans and automatons collide in Dr Coppélius’s spooky toyshop.

Peter Wright’s enchanting production of this joyous and witty ballet is an ever-popular celebration of love, with a sparkling score and breathtaking choreography. Coppélia is guaranteed to lift the hearts of all the family.

'One of the traditional gems of the repertory'
THE SUNDAY TIMES

'Volumes of joy and energy […] an enchanting set'
THE STAGE

Performance length


Approx 2 hours and 25 minutes

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Storyguide


ACT I  |  ACT II  |  ACT III

Credits


Music Léo Delibes
Choreography Peter Wright; Marius Petipa; Enrico Cecchetti
Production Peter Wright
Designs Peter Farmer
Lighting Peter Teigen
Production supported (1995) by David Lloyd

World premiere


Paris Opéra Ballet, 25 May 1870, Paris Opéra

First performance by Birmingham Royal Ballet


3 March 1995, Birmingham Hippodrome

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