Birmingham Royal Ballet glides into 2020 with UK tour of ‘Swan Lake’ 🦢

Natasha Oughtred as Odette and Jamie Bond as Prince Siegfried with Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet in Swan Lake. Photo © Bill Cooper

Birmingham Royal Ballet‘s lavish and critically acclaimed production of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, Swan Lake, first created in 1981 by Sir Peter Wright and Galina Samsova, will embark on a 5-venue UK tour in January 2020, opening at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on Wednesday 29 January 2020, before touring to Birmingham, Salford, Sunderland and Plymouth.

The cast will include Céline Gittens and Momoko Hirata in the double principal roles of Odette/ Odile, partnered respectively with Tyrone Singleton and César Morales as Prince Siegfried.

In partnership with the Hippodrome, Birmingham Royal Ballet is presenting a relaxed performance of Swan Lake during its Birmingham run.

Pioneers in making ballet accessible for all audiences, this is a carefully thought through experience that can be enjoyed by everyone, whatever their access needs.

Delia Mathews as Odile and Brandon Lawrence as Prince Siegfried in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake. Photo by Andrew Ross

Alongside the full Swan Lake production, the company will also present FIRST STEPS: SWAN LAKE, an hour-long, interactive afternoon show features excerpts from the ballet, performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s amazing dancers and full orchestra.

These are interspersed with scenes in which a storyteller sets the scene, introduces the children to the music and characters, and shares some of the technical magic surrounding the ballet.

A feast of dance, music, costumes and lots of fun, this is a perfect introduction to ballet.

Delia Mathews as Odette and Brandon Lawrence as Prince Siegfried in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake. Photo by Andrew Ross

Birmingham Royal Ballet has also been rolling out its large-scale performance project, Swan Lake Dreams, to ballet students of all ages and abilities in two of its touring regions as well as from across the Midlands.

A cast of approximately 70 selected students from each of the Birmingham, Plymouth and Southampton areas were invited earlier this year to audition for a role in a performance on the main stage of their local theatre, alongside the company.

They have each been given the opportunity to train, rehearse and perform in a full-length ballet alongside Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers. Open to ballet students aged eight+, the Swan Lake Dreams project gives insight into the Company workings while aiming to develop talent and raise aspirations for dancers of all ages.

The Company will partner with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, whose orchestra will accompany the Swan Lake Dreams Birmingham performance, conducted by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s principal conductor, Paul Murphy.

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