Celebrating the 10th season of its much-loved mid-scale theatre ‘split-tour’ initiative, Birmingham Royal Ballet continues with its policy of presenting its diverse repertory to the widest possible audience from 10th  – 22nd May 2013. The Company will once again split into two, half of the Company and Royal Ballet Sinfonia travelling to the south and west of the country and the remaining half travelling to the north and east.


The split-tour initiative enables the Company to present full-scale works, with orchestral accompaniment, in mid-scale venues not normally associated with a Company of its size. 2013 and the split tour will see Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia perform in Cheltenham, Poole, Truro, High Wycombe, Nottingham, York, Durham and Buxton.


The works to be performed have been carefully chosen to demonstrate the versatility of Birmingham Royal Ballet, a Company now firmly recognised as a major international force in the world of classical dance.

North-East split-tour 2013   

Take Five / Bitesized ballet excerpts / Grand Tour

Theatre Royal Nottingham                                         10 – 11 May 2013

York Theatre Royal                                                    14 – 15 May 2013

Durham Gala                                                              17 – 18 May 2013

Buxton Opera House                                        21 – 22 May 2013
This programme presents a work from Birmingham Royal Ballet’s award-winning Director, alongside one from a master of the Broadway stage, and excerpts from some of the world-famous classics with which the Company has made its name, all performed to live music from members of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.

A great lover of jazz, Take Five is Company Director David Bintley’s light-hearted jazz creation. Set to the iconic music of the legendary Dave Brubeck, this laid-back, elegant ballet takes life calmly in its stride. Take Five Music Dave Brubeck Choreography David Bintley Designs Jean Marc Puissant Lighting Peter Mumford.

Choreographer of many films and hit Broadway shows, American Joe Layton’s The Grand Tour is a funny take on the eccentric celebrities that populated England’s stages, screens and newspapers in the 1920s, accompanied by unique orchestral renditions of Noël Coward songs. The Grand Tour Music Noël Coward Freely adapted and orchestrated by Hershy Kay Choreography Joe Layton Designs John Conklin Lighting Peter Teigen.

As part of the evening, Birmingham Royal Ballet will perform a selection of Bitesized ballet excerpts from some of the world’s best-loved ballets, including excerpts from Giselle Act II and The Dream. Popular Song, Foxtrot and Tango from the ballet Façade will also be performed.

South-West split-tour 2013                            Lyric Pieces / Bitesized ballet excerpts / Pineapple Poll

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham                                10 – 11 May 2013

The Lighthouse, Poole                                               14 – 15 May 2013

Hall for Cornwall, Truro                                            17 – 18 May 2013

Swan Theatre, High Wycombe                                  21 – 22 May 2013
This programme presents a work from great British choreographer John Cranko, alongside Jessica Lang’s Lyric Pieces, and excerpts from some of Birmingham Royal Ballet‘s favourite ballets. Musicians of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia will perform live music during the evening.

Lyric Pieces is from award-winning American choreographer Jessica Lang. Set to romantic piano miniatures by Edvard Grieg, this was Lang’s first work for a major European company and world premiered during the International Dance Festival Birmingham in May 2012. Lyric Pieces has been nominated in this year’s Manchester Theatre Awards for Dance. Lyric Pieces Music Edvard Grieg Choreography Jessica Lang Costumes Elena Comendador Lighting Nicole Pearce.

Pineapple Poll – What might a classic cartoon look like if brought to life on stage? With the aid of a foot-tapping medley of the best of Gilbert and Sullivan and the comic choreographic touch of John Cranko, this is your opportunity to find out. When the dashing Captain Belaye arrives in town, the female population swoon! Chief amongst them is Poll. Whilst half-heartedly dodging the attentions of Jasper, the Potboy at a local inn, she finds herself leading a band of desperate, love-lorn ladies, all seeking the attentions of the admirable officer, who is unwittingly taking the town by storm. Wrapped up in his own little world, when will the oblivious Captain Belaye notice that half his crew have mysteriously shrunk and don’t seem very at home in their beards? Pineapple Poll Music Arthur Sullivan Arranged by Charles Mackerras Choreography John Cranko Designs Osbert Lancaster Lighting Neil Austin.

The evening continues with ‘Bitesized ballet’ excerpts including the Peasant pas de deux from Giselle Act I and excerpts from Don Quixote, Bintley’s Hobson’s Choice and MacMillan’s Pavane pas de deux.

Venues, performance dates and ticket office information:


Theatre Royal Nottingham                 10 – 11 May 2013                    0115 989 5555

York Theatre Royal                            14 – 15 May 2013                    01904 623568

Durham Gala                                      17 – 18 May 2013                    0191 332 4041

Buxton Opera House                         21 – 22 May 2013                    0845 127 2190

Everyman Theatre                              10 – 11 May 2013                    01242 572573

The Lighthouse                                  14 – 15 May 2013                    0844 406 8666

Hall for Cornwall                               17 – 18 May 2013                    01872 262466

Swan Theatre                                      21 – 22 May 2013                    01494 512000

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