Chief Executive, Stuart Griffiths, blogs about the theatre’s 2010/11 season featuring a ballet World Première and top star names.
We have been describing 2010 as Birmingham’s year of dance and this autumn the year reaches a conclusion in the best way possible, with David Bintley’s brand new production of Cinderella. Presented to the city as a gift by the company, as was The Nutcracker twenty years ago, there could not be a more fitting climax to Birmingham Royal Ballet’s celebration of their twenty years here.
We have a very busy season both before and after Cinderella, with plenty of other world-class productions. In dance, this ranges from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater with their classic Revelations, as part of a stunning programme, to Blaze, a brand new streetdance spectacular fresh from the West End. After Christmas, Matthew Bourne is back with a new production of a show that has never before been seen in the UK outside London. I’m also delighted that the hilarious Trocks are back again, with ballet presented in a way that you may not quite believe! Of course Birmingham Royal Ballet also have a full programme to complement Cinderella, with their classic Romeo & Juliet, a stunning mixed programme, Pointes of View and the ever-delightful La Fille mal Gardée.”
Musical theatre is heavily featured as ever including Blood Brothers, Footloose, Jekyll and Hyde, We Will Rock You, back by popular demand
with new productions of Hairspray and Chess amongst others. Welsh National Opera bring us a mouth-watering menu of new operas and revivals, including two contrasting brand new productions of Die Fledermaus and Fidelio.
Finally, we have probably the most star-laden pantomime bill ever assembled in Birmingham this Christmas, with Julian Clary, Nigel Havers, Keith Harris and Orville, and Jeffrey Holland in a spectacular production of Dick Whittington, led by international superstar, Joan Collins.
For full information on our 2010/11 season go to www.birminghamhippodrome.com
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