Birmingham Royal Ballet

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During Shakespeare 400, Birmingham Royal Ballet presented a season of Shakespeare adaptations, with a host of beloved characters leaping from page to stage.

Event highlights

The Tempest

Spearheading Birmingham Royal Ballet’s contribution to Shakespeare400, was a brand-new, full-length ballet based on The Tempest, that premiered in Birmingham on Saturday 1 October 2016.

The production saw choreographer David Bintley (Cinderella, Hobson's Choice) collaborate with designer Rae Smith (War Horse) and British composer Sally Beamish, who produced a brand-new score for the ballet.

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The Dream Bill

A triple bill of Shakespeare-inspired ballets:

  • Jessica Lang captures the poetry of the sonnets in Wink, a brand-new work for the Company
  • José Limón's The Moor's Pavane distills the passion and drama of Shakespeare's Othello into a thrilling one-act tragedy, tightly focussed on four characters and their jealousy. 
  • In The Dream, love gets out of hand for mortals and fairies alike in an elegant and witty distillation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Shakespeare's lovers

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

The Shakespeare Suite

Company Director David Bintley set 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.