BRB ballet coDavid Bintley’s production of Hobson’s Choice

A mixed bill Spring Passions


Venue and booking information:

Birmingham Hippodrome: Tickets: 0844 338 5000

Birmingham Royal Ballet is delighted to return to the Birmingham Hippodrome stage from 22 February to 3 March.  The Company will perform their Spring season in their home town with two programmes, David Bintley’s earthy comedy Hobson’s Choice, and a mixed bill Spring Passions.

Hobson’s Choice                                                      22 – 25 February

Hobson’s Choice, created by David Bintley, enjoyed its world premiere in 1989 performed by Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. It received a standing ovation the likes of which hadn’t been seen since the premiere of Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée, and has remained hugely popular ever since. Now this story of boots, booze, love and laughter will take to the Birmingham Hippodrome stage for six performances only.

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Hobson’s Choice, a combination of a tender love-story, hilarious comedy and a foot-tapping musical is based on Harold Brighouse’s well-known play.  The ballet tells the rags to riches tale of the humble boot-maker Will Mossop, whose talent could take him far, if only someone would push him in the right direction.  The girl for the job is headstrong Maggie Hobson.

The story unfolds as Hayden Griffin’s magnificent set and costume designs take the audience from a nineteenth century shop to a Victorian park. The company dances to the music of composer Paul Reade, composer of theme tunes for The Antiques Roadshow and The Flumps. Lighting is by John B. Read.

Spring Passions                                                                   29 February – 3 March

(Daphnis and Chloë / The Two Pigeons)

Two uplifting stories of young love’s survival when tested to breaking point continue the Company’s 2011/12 season at Birmingham Hippodrome.

Considered by many to be Maurice Ravel’s greatest orchestral score and with choreography by Frederick Ashton, Daphnis and Chloë is one of the many great ballets from the outstanding legacy left by Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. On an island in ancientGreece, lost in their love for each other, Daphnis and Chloë struggle against jealous rivals and marauding pirates to be together, but ultimately only the power of the god Pan can reunite them.

The second ballet in the Frederick Ashton double bill takes us from a Greek island paradise to a poignant Parisian idyll. The Two Pigeons tells of a young man growing up and finding himself frustrated with the immaturity of his fiancée. He flies the nest, leaving her to her tears and falls in with a group of wild gypsies. The young girl pursues him and battles for his heart with a gypsy beauty. The beauty’s jealous lover beats the young man to within an inch of his life. Realising what he has given up, he returns to his apartment inParis, into the forgiving arms of his sweetheart. Ashton’s 1961 version of this romantic classic, which has been in the repertory continuously since its original premiere in 1886, features some of his best choreography. The closing reconciliation pas de deux, which features two live pigeons, is a true tear jerker and a favourite in galas the world over. A lush romantic score by André Messager perfectly compliments the drama and emotion of the dance.


Hobson’s Choice

Birmingham Hippodrome:      22 to 25 February

Spring Passions (Daphnis and Chloë / The Two Pigeons)

Birmingham Hippodrome:      29 February to 3 March

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