Like so many in our industry, we are very disappointed at having to cancel live performances, but our priority must remain the health, safety and wellbeing of the Company and our audiences. We are using this time of reflection wisely; we have been thrilled to showcase our dancers and musicians’ quarantined creativity through a digitally streamed output of work, Home From Home; we have kept our minds active and our bodies fit, and our ultimate goal is to return, when it is safe to do so, with a renewed energy.
We continue to be hopeful about the future, and how Birmingham Royal Ballet can reimagine and adapt our plans so that we can bring the Company and audiences together in whatever ways that might be possible, as soon as possible.
Things change rapidly in this situation and we will keep in touch about all our future plans as they develop and evolve.
Until then, I say to our Company, friends, supporters, and loyal patrons: thank you for your support, take care of yourselves and each other, and we look forward to seeing you all again.
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME November / December
Birmingham Hippodrome has announced that it won’t be able to re-open before February 2021. Our hearts go out to our colleagues at Birmingham Hippodrome with whom we work every day in normal times. Although Birmingham Royal Ballet won’t be able to perform The Nutcracker at Birmingham Hippodrome this year we are working hard to explore how we can perform an adapted version of the show at an alternative Birmingham venue in December 2020.
This is a big and complex proposal for Birmingham Royal Ballet to deliver as we have to adapt the show to keep our dancers, musicians and production staff safe, as well as develop plans to seat our audiences safely. We would be very grateful if you would complete the short poll below to let us know your thoughts on whether, if you were seated at a safe distance from other audience members, you would be willing and able to attend a live indoor show of The Nutcracker this December. Your opinions will help Birmingham Royal Ballet develop our Christmas plans which we hope to announce by September.
As we all know, nothing is certain at present. Government guidance relating to indoor group activities keeps changing, but it is our greatest ambition to be back performing for you as soon as possible once government guidance allows.
If you have already bought tickets for The Nutcracker at Birmingham Hippodrome, the theatre will be in touch with you directly to discuss your options.
THEATRE ROYAL PLYMOUTH October
It was with great regret that Theatre Royal Plymouth and Birmingham Royal Ballet announced that the performances of Swan Lake and related events rescheduled for October 2020 will now not be able to take place.
TRP will be in direct contact with you, initially via email or post, to explain the available options. Performances of Cinderella in March 2021 at TRP will go on public sale on Tuesday 11 August. Please note, the TRP Box Office team are currently working a shortened day from 10am to 2pm.
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME September / October
It is with much sadness that Birmingham Hippodrome has announced it will not reopen before Monday 2 November 2020. At this point, the safety and health of staff and visitors is paramount, and the theatre has stated that it cannot currently see a financially viable and safe way to reopen while social distancing measures are still in place.
As stated above, Birmingham Royal Ballet is working to reimagine and adapt our performances so that we can bring the Company and audiences together in whatever ways that might be possible, as soon as possible. Things change rapidly in this situation and we will keep in touch as our plans develop and evolve.
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