Elisha Willis as Swanilda and David Morse as Dr Coppélius; photo: Bill Cooper
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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
Approx 2 hours and 25 minutes
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ACT I | ACT II | ACT III
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
Paris Opéra Ballet, 25 May 1870, Paris Opéra
First performance by Birmingham Royal Ballet
3 March 1995, Birmingham Hippodrome
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