Birmingham Royal Ballet: Cinderella

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
Birmingham Royal Ballet: Cinderella
Image courtesy of Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Cinderella, online, 25 August–1 September 2020 - Book now

A fairytale feast of charm, magic and celebration, the Birmingham Royal Ballet will broadcast their production of Cinderella online in full on Tuesday 25 August.

Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s magnificent score, Sir David Bintley’s enchanting production of Cinderella captures every imagination with its magical mix of dance, brilliant costumes and scenery. An uplifting celebration of ballet, childhood stories and the idea that our wildest dreams can come true.

Staged over three acts, the Birmingham Royal Ballet present the timeless tale of Cinderella in their traditional, though extraordinary style. Poor Cinderella spends most of her days in the scullery answering to her cruel stepmother and her ugly step-sisters, Skinny and Dumpy. Some entertaining slapstick moments between the sisters contrast cleverly against the elegance and poise of the pas de deux between Cinderella and The Prince.

The Birmingham Royal Ballet production of Cinderella
The Birmingham Royal Ballet production of Cinderella. Credit: Bill Cooper

All of the fairytale’s familiar characters grace the stage: from the fairy godmother and the step-sisters to a collection of dancing mice, lizards and frogs. Tutus twinkle in the ensemble, the costume designs are an absolute delight.

Running at 2 hours and 30 minutes (with two intervals for popcorn and treats!), this production offers an awe-inspiring introduction to ballet for younger dance lovers and their families.

Filmed during the premiere run of the ballet at Birmingham Hippodrome in 2010, this family-friendly production will be available to watch via the Birmingham Royal Ballet website for seven days.

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Cinderella, online

25 August–1 September 2020