Birmingham Royal Ballet announce partnership with Ballet Black

The autumn 2019 season will also include Giselle and The Nutcracker

BIRMINGHAM ROYAL Ballet have announced their autumn programme, which features a mixture of classical and contemporary ballets.

Autumn 2019 could be described as a ‘bridge season’ during which Birmingham Royal Ballet moves towards the arrival of Carlos Acosta as director in January 2020.

The season will include a three-date autumn tour of Giselle, which follows the eponymous heroine and her anti-hero Count Albrecht. The revival of this exquisite and heart-wrenching staging opens at Birmingham Hippodrome before travelling to Plymouth ahead of a two-date London run at Sadler’s Wells. 

In addition, there will be a mixed bill including the world premiere of the latest Ballet Now commission and a partnership with Ballet Black. Fresh from their staggering performance with Stormzy at Glastonbury, Ballet Black will take to the stage to perform Cathy Marston’s critically acclaimed The Suit, inspired by Can Themba’s South African fable.

Cassa Pancho MBE, Founder and Artistic Director of Ballet Black, said: “I’m thrilled that Ballet Black will be joining Birmingham Royal Ballet for their exciting mixed programme in autumn 2019. It’s a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with one of the most established British ballet companies, and for our own brilliant dancers to work alongside the world-class talent at Birmingham Royal Ballet.” 

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s autumn season will also include a christmas revival of Sir Peter Wright’s glorious The Nutcracker at Birmingham Hippodrome and the Royal Albert Hall to end the year.  which returns to Birmingham Hippodrome for the festive season (22 November – 14 December), transporting the audience beyond the theatre to a realm of giant Christmas trees and dancing snowflakes. 

The magic continues at the Royal Albert Hall for a third year with Birmingham Royal Ballet’s spectacular reimagined version of The Nutcracker (28 – 31 December), complete with projections from 59 Productions and Simon Callow as the voice of Drosselmeyer. 

See below for listings information of Birmingham Royal Ballet autumn season:

Mixed Programme 

A Brief Nostalgia | The Suit | Nine Sinatra Songs 

September – October 2019 

A Brief Nostalgia 

Choreography: Jack Lister Music: Tom Harrold 

Designs: Thomas Mika Lighting: Alexander Berlarge

The Suit 

Choreography: Cathy Marston Music: Philip Feeney
Designs: Jane Heather Lighting: David Plater Dramaturgy: Edward Kemp 

Nine Sinatra Songs 

Choreography: Twyla Tharp © 1992
Songs sung by: Frank Sinatra
Scenic Design originally by: Santo Loquasto Original costumes by: Oscar de la Renta Lighting originally by: Jennifer Tipton 

Birmingham Hippodrome
Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham, B5 4TB; 0844 338 5000
Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 September 

Sadler’s Wells, London
Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN; 020 7863 8000
Tuesday 29 – Wednesday 30 October 


September – November 2019 

Choreography: Marius Petipa, Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, David Bintley Music: Adolphe Adam
Production: David Bintley, Galina Samsova
Designs: Hayden Griffin Lighting: Mark Jonathan 

Birmingham Hippodrome
Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham, B5 4TB; 0844 338 5000
Wednesday 25 – Saturday 28 September

Plymouth Theatre Royal
Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR; 01752 267222
Wednesday 23 – Friday 25 October 

Sadler’s Wells, London
Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN; 020 7863 8000
Friday 1 – Saturday 2 November 

Sir Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker 

November – December 2019 

Choreography: Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, Vincent Redmon Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Production: Peter Wright
Designs: John F. MacFarlane Lighting: David A. Finn 

Birmingham Hippodrome
Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham, B5 4TB; 0844 338 5000
Friday 22 November – Saturday 14 December On sale now 

Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Albert Hall present The Nutcracker 

December 2019 

Choreography: Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, Vincent Redmon Additional choreography: David Bintley, Marion Tait Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Designs: Dick Bird Lighting: Peter Teigen
Projections Design: 59 Productions Sound Design: Bobby Aitken 

Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP; 020 7589 8212
Saturday 28 – Tuesday 31 December 

You can purchase tickets to Mixed Bill here

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