All-in-one show of ballet classics

An Evening with Birmingham Royal Ballet
An Evening with Birmingham Royal Ballet
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ONE OF the most revered companies in the country is bringing some of the most famous ballet classics in the world to Buxton Opera House.

For the first time, Birmingham Royal Ballet visits Buxton, with a mixed programme of thrilling excerpts from some of the world-famous classics which the company has made its name, alongside a brand new ballet, and work from the great British choreographer John Cranko. It will all be presented with live music from members of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.

Lyric Pieces is an exciting new work from award-winning American choreographer Jessica Lang. Set to piano music by Norwegian romantic Edvard Grieg, this is her first ballet for a major European company, on its world premiere tour.

Pineapple Poll shows what a classic cartoon might look like if brought to life on stage. Danced to a medley of foot-tapping favourites from Gilbert & 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 from the 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.

And following the success of the excerpts during their 2011 tour, Birmingham Royal Ballet presents two more highlights from some of our best-loved ballets. The Clog Dance and Lily of Laguna pas de deux from Company Director David Bintley’s Hobson’s Choice is a funny and warming peek into the lives of two unlikely lovers.

The programme finishes with the stunning, virtuoso pas de deux from Marius Petipa’s great classic, Don Quixote.

There will be a special question and answer session with the company after the show.

An Evening with Birmingham Royal Ballet will be at Buxton Opera House on Tuesday May 15 and Wednesday May 16 at 7.30pm, with a 2.30pm matinee on the Wednesday.

Tickets, priced from £16.50 to £33.50, are available from the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.