Press & PR Assistant, Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) blogs about Christmas coming to the Birmingham Hippodrome building…
Tonight we begin our festive season with the opening night of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s simply sparkling production of Cinderella, but the festive sparkle doesn’t remain on the stage – it is criss-crossing its way through our front of house areas and even onto the front of our magnificent building.
Staff have been working as hard as Santa’s Elves over the past few days setting the scene by hanging reams of ‘icicle’ lights from above the bars and trailing fairy lights up the beams of the foyer. Today also saw the arrival of four grand looking Christmas tree’s which will be lighting our foyers throughout the Christmas period…it’s just proving hard to believe it’s this time of year again! As usual, the front of the building has also been given a magical makeover with the addition of more icicle lights and hanging giant snowflakes and believe me, they are a lot harder to hang than it looks…
Backstage has been a similar hive of activity with carriages drawn into the wings, grand staircases and pillars assembled on stage and even the inner workings of a clock fixed together in the fly tower. A particularly busy department in any grand production of this scale is Wardrobe and in this fascinating photo film I went backstage with Head of Wardrobe at BRB, Lili Sobieralska to find out more about the mind boggling array of costumes used in the show – CLICK HERE to take a look.
In conclusion, wherever you are in Birmingham Hippodrome, “it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…”
For more information on BRB’s Cinderella CLICK HERE.