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!

Romeo and Juliet

With emotions centre-stage, and Kenneth MacMillan's stunning choreography, this classical adaptation of the bard's most-famous love story makes for an exhilarating experience, and one perfect for those new to ballet. To the sound of Prokofiev's famous score, this compelling take on the two star-crossed lovers makes for an thrilling theatre experience that you'll never forget.

With the production touring to Birmingham, Salford, Sunderland, Nottingham and Plymouth, visit for further details of what is already our fastest-selling show of this year!


The Taming of the Shrew

The head-strong Kate gives suitor Petruchio considerably more than he bargained for in this frisky mix of comedy, romance and bravura dancing!

Choreographer John Cranko adapts Shakespeare's tale of mismatched marriage to create his undoubted masterpiece.

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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 features 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 both as part of the Company's Shakespeare triple bill in Birmingham, as well as on tour in York, Durham and Shrewsbury.



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 both as part of the Company's Shakespeare triple bill in Birmingham, as well as on tour in York, Durham and Shrewsbury.

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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.

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