Birmingham Royal Ballet

Birmingham Royal Ballet, one of the world’s leading classical companies and the UK’s premiere touring ballet, is thrilled to announce their return to Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn with a varied mixed programme highlighting arguably some of the greatest works in their repertoire. 

The company's return to Theatre Severn is one of many ways in which Birmingham Royal Ballet are celebrating their 25th Anniversary year in 2015, a year in which David Bintley will also mark his 20th year as Director.

The exciting programme features work from new choreographers through to some of the greats of British ballet, all performed to beautiful live music from members of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. 


A huge hit when it was first performed in 1933, Les Rendezvous was the first ballet in which its creator, Frederick Ashton put aside the comedy for which he was known and concentrated on pure technique. Loosely based around a group of friends meeting up in a park, the ballet is a series of fiercely difficult divertissements enabling the talented cast of dancers the chance to show off their virtuosity.


This exciting work comes from Royal Opera House Choreographic Affiliate, Sadler's Wells New Wave Associate and former Birmingham Royal Ballet dancer, Alexander Whitley. The ballet, to music by young American composer Phil Kline, received its premiere at the International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014.


A completely stripped back theatre bursts into life as dancers in brilliantly coloured costumes gather for a dance competition. An equally vibrant rag-time band play old favourites from Scott Joplin and his contemporaries to accompany a string of sketches, spanning the dazzling, the witty and the touching, as each dancer at the competition takes their turn. One of his best-loved creations, Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations is certain to leave you smiling.

The world-renowned Birmingham Royal Ballet visit Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn for three performances only, a highlight of the theatre’s dance calendar for 2015.

Members of the public are also welcomed to attend a special pre-show talk on Wednesday 27 May at 6.30pm – tickets can be booked via the box office.


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