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Preview: The Tempest at Sunderland Empire

World Premiere: A new ballet choreographed by David Bintley
The Tempest
Sunderland Empire
Thursday 20th – Saturday 22ndOctober 2016

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 2016 Shakespeare season concludes with the world premiere of Director David Bintley’s new full-length ballet The Tempest. One of William Shakespeare’s most beloved narratives takes to the stage in a breath-taking production full of theatrical wizardry and stunning designs by War Horse’s Rae Smith set to a brand-new score by acclaimed British composer Sally Beamish and lit by Bruno Poet (Miss Saigon).
In The Tempest, David Bintley conjures Prospero’s magical isle from Shakespeare’s late masterpiece into a spellbinding new work of ballet theatre. At once enchanting and elemental The Tempest is a powerful story of a man determined to right past wrongs by all means in his power. This creative collaboration with acclaimed composer Sally Beamish, designer Rae Smith (The Prince of the Pagodas, War Horse), and lighting designer Bruno Poet (Miss Saigon) intertwines themes of love, loyalty, and loss, punctuated by a comic duo, more than one dastardly conspiracy and a spectacular danced masque featuring gods and spirits.
The Tempest receives its world premiere at Birmingham Hippodrome on Saturday 1 October, with performances there until Saturday 8 October, and then embarks on a UK tour to London (Sadler’s Wells), Sunderland (Sunderland Empire) and Plymouth (Theatre Royal Plymouth) throughout October.
Production credits: Music: Sally Beamish; Choreography: David Bintley; Designs: Rae Smith; Lighting: Bruno Poet.
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