Tutus and Top Hats…

Press & PR Assistant Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…

It’s that time again – our resident company, Birmingham Royal Ballet have returned to our main stage with another season of sensational dance.

This February we have two exciting performances from the company; Three of a Kind is a triple bill packed full of witty pieces telling the tales of card games, gangsters and much more. Then, from 25 Feb we host the company’s newest work in it’s first performance here at Birmingham Hippodrome, The Prince of the Pagodas. This fresh and exciting piece is a magical journey full of colourful characters and costumes.

Talking of costumes, with such a kaleidoscope of people and places to represent, the wardrobe department have been working tirelessly to prepare for the productions.

I took a walk around backstage to get some exclusive pics as the endless rails of costumes were prepared to make their way on to stage…

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Going Nutty…

Press & PR Assistant Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) goes backstage with BRB…

Today I dusted off my candy cane and headed off for a backstage tour at Birmingham Royal Ballet as the final preparations come together for the opening of their spectacular Christmas favourite, The Nutcracker.

Corridors have become an Aladdin’s cave of fantastical objects, sparkling costumes and fluffed up Tutu’s as staff work around the clock to ensure everything is ship-shape in time for opening night this Friday.

In the gallery below take a look at some of my findings (including a remote control rat!)…

For more info and tickets click here. #BHbrb

Birmingham’s Big, Beautiful Ballets…

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s New Media Officer, Rob Lindsay (@robintheoffice) runs us through the upcoming ballet season and the history of it’s directors…

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s autumn season opens with three one-act ballets by their award-winning Director, David Bintley, followed by one of the most popular productions by his predecessor, Sir Peter Wright.

In 1990, Sir Peter was responsible for bringing the Company to Birmingham from their home in London, and upon doing so immediately set about creating new productions of the classics – Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia and The Nutcracker.

Here you can see archive news footage from the Nutcracker’s premiere season over twenty years ago, showing a very different looking Hippodrome!

The Nutcracker of course returns this Christmas, but not before the Company have performed Sir Peter’s production of The Sleeping Beauty, 8-12 October. It’s an enormous show, featuring nearly sixty dancers in over 150 roles, and some of the most ostentatious sets (and costumes!) that you’ll have seen in a long time.

Sir Peter has now retired, however he returns to Birmingham to oversee rehearsals whenever the Company perform one of his productions.

You can see him discussing his work in this short clip, which also features the man who took over when Sir Peter retired – David Bintley.

David has also created a number of ballets of his own, including Cinderella, Aladdin, Hobson’s Choice, Edward II and Carmina burana.

For this autumn season, the Company will be performing a triple bill of three short pieces: Tombeaux, the award-wining E=mc², and the ever-popular ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café.

CLICK HERE to see a gallery of posters for most of the Bintley ballets that the Company have performed here over the past twenty years – how many of them have you seen?

For more information and to book tickets for all upcoming BRB productions click here.