Birmingham Royal Ballet's Shakespeare season


One year. Seven ballets. Ten theatres. Eighty performances.


Birmingham Royal Ballet presents a season of Shakespeare adaptations, with a host of beloved characters leaping from page to stage.

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, experience all of your favourites as you've never seen them before - book now to avoid missing out!

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The Tempest

A brand-new collaboration between Designer Rae Smith (War Horse) and Choreographer David Bintley (Cinderella, Hobson's Choice), The Tempest will be a bold and ambitious ballet, with Birmingham Royal Ballet's dancers being pushed further than ever before.

Find out more about this amazing new production which will be performed in Birmingham, London, Sunderland and Plymouth this October.

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The Dream

A witty distillation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, by one of England's most influential choreographers, Sir Frederick Ashton.

Originally created in 1964 to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday, it has remained a firm favourite in the repertory ever since and returns as part of the Company's Ashton double-bill.

'A reduced Shakespeare that combines humour, virtuosity and tenderness' - THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

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The Shakespeare Suite

Company Director David Bintley sets a collection of the Bard's best-loved characters to a swinging Duke Ellington score and offers a quicksilver visit to Shakespearean couples of every sort - star-crossed, bewitched, squabbling, and romantic, plus a powerhouse solo from Hamlet himself!

Part of our Shakespeare triple bill in Birmingham.

'A series of pitch-perfect vignettes... the best of Bintley's jazz ballets' - THE GUARDIAN

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Shakespeare's lovers

Our 2016 tour to Durham, York and Shrewsbury featured a gala-style selection of duets from across the rest of our season.

See Oberon and Titania from The Dream, Kate and Petruchio from The Taming of the Shrew, and Romeo and Juliet in their magical Balcony pas de deux.

'The words “joy” and “delight” spring to mind when the Birmingham Royal Ballet perform' - NORTHERN ECHO

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Wink, based on Sonnet 43

American choreographer Jessica Lang returns to create a new work for Birmingham Royal Ballet, following the success of 2012's Lyric Pieces. Taking inspiration from Shakespeare's sonnets, Lang's newest ballet, Wink, captures the poetry and rhythms of the Bard's most elegant works.

Appearing as part of the Company's triple bills at the Lowry, Salford, Sadler's Wells, London and Theatre Royal Plymouth.



Inspired by Shakespeare's Othello, José Limón created The Moor's Pavane in 1949. Tightly focussing on four characters and their jealousy, the piece distils the passion and drama of this famous play into a thrilling one-act tragedy.

Appearing as part of the Company's triple bills at the Lowry, Salford, Sadler's Wells, London and Theatre Royal Plymouth.

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