• Ballet,  dance

    Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Don Quixote Is Magnificent.

    Storm Eunice may have been wreaking havoc outside, but at the Birmingham Hippodrome it was all about the warm Spanish sunshine, as the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s intoxicating Don Quixote had its opening night. Carlos Acosta’s wonderful reworking of the classic ballet combines wit and passion, stirring music and the most wonderful, Flamenco inspired dance to create a masterpiece of entertainment that had the audience on their feet for a standing ovation at its end. Don Quixote is a simple sole who lives in a world of make believe. He believes himself to be medieval knight on a quest to serve the bridelike Lady Dulcinea, and sets off, with a fruit…

  • Ballet,  christmas,  theatre

    The Nutcracker Returns To The Birmingham Hippodrome

    I’ve always said that Christmas truly begins with a performance of The Nutcracker by the Birmingham Royal Ballet. This year this seems to be truer than ever, and so it is a warm return that greets a different version of the perennial favourite, with the Birmingham Hippodrome this year hosting the London version, one that combines the traditional ballet with wonderful projections, and also gives the ballet a voice in the form of narrator magician Drosselmeyer (danced to perfection by Rory Mackay, voiced by the inimitable Simon Callow.)   The story is still the one we know and love, albeit with a charming Victorian opening set around Drosselmeyer’s toy shop.…

  • Ballet,  Birmingham,  Entertainment,  events,  family

    Beauty and the Beast casts a spell at the Birmingham Hippodrome

    One of the most beloved of all fairy stories proved to be equally as enchanting when performed as a ballet, when Beauty and the Beast weaved it’s spell at the Birmingham Hippodrome last night. The latest production by the Birmingham Royal Ballet told that age of told of love conquering all with a mixture of menace and charm, and with an ending that was sublimely romantic. The story is the one we are all familiar with, an angry violent Prince is transformed into a beast by a woodsman disgusted by his bloody pursuit of a vixen. Meanwhile, a down-on-his-luck merchant, faced with baliffs and creditors, is waiting for a fleet…