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Press Release: Birmingham Royal Ballet's Cinderella to be streamed online

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Birmingham’s Royal Ballet’s celebrated production of Cinderella will be broadcast in full on Birmingham Royal Ballet’s website and Facebook page to mark the end of its online Home from Home series. Its digital premiere will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 25 August and be available to watch for seven days thereafter via brb.org.uk/watch-cinderella


Sir David Bintley’s enchanting fairytale ballet, set to Sergei Prokofiev’s sumptuous score, captures every imagination with its magical mix of dance, spectacular costumes and scenery by designer John Macfarlane, and a cast of characters from the fairy godmother and step sisters to a mythical world of mice, lizards and even a dancing frog.


This family-friendly production was filmed during the premiere run of the ballet at Birmingham Hippodrome in 2010 and featured as the BBC Christmas ballet that year. It stars Elisha Willis as Cinderella, Iain Mackay as the Prince and Marion Tait as the Stepmother; the Royal Ballet Sinfonia is conducted by Music Director Koen Kessels.


The broadcast of Cinderella will be free to watch; but in lieu of a ticket, from those who feel they can, we would be delighted to receive donations via the brb.org.uk/watch-cinderella page; all donations help us deliver the amazing work we do both on and off the stage, and we are very grateful for any support given. 


Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Cinderella will tour the UK in 2021, with dates and venue information available at brb.org.uk/cinderella


Following an uncertain year for everyone, not least for the performing arts, Birmingham Royal Ballet, under the Directorship of Carlos Acosta, looks forward to returning to training in Birmingham from the beginning of August 2020. News of an exciting programme of live autumn performances, including work outdoors, in the community, in socially-distanced arena spaces and using augmented reality and technical innovation, will be announced very soon.







Birmingham Royal Ballet

Based at Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Royal Ballet is the United Kingdom’s leading touring ballet company performing a range of traditional, classical and heritage ballets as well as ground-breaking new works with the aim of encouraging choreographers of the future.


The company’s Director from January 2020 is the internationally renowned Carlos Acosta.


Birmingham Royal Ballet performs at Birmingham Hippodrome for approximately ten weeks of the year and the remainder of the year tours throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. On average, the company performs 175 shows a year nationally and internationally.


The Royal Ballet Sinfonia is Birmingham Royal Ballet’s permanent orchestra, it is also Britain's busiest ballet orchestra. The Sinfonia also plays frequently for The Royal Ballet and other leading ballet companies, including performances with: The Royal Ballet, Paris Opéra Ballet, New York City Ballet, Australian Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Kirov, Norwegian Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and La Scala Ballet.




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Good to see this get an airing again (it's still available until the end of today).  I was very amused, though, to find my attention being drawn in the first scene by a young man who was simply standing by the wall and metaphorically filing his nails.  My picture wasn't large or clear enough to be able to identify him for certain, but let's say I wasn't at all surprised to discover later that it was a young William Bracewell :)

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8 hours ago, Dance*is*life said:

I was very disappointed that this wasn't available worldwide, so much so that I wrote to them! I got a sympathetic and most apologetic reply back -it's apparently copyright issues!   No idea why Scandinavia doesn't appear to have copyright issues :(

The company in Finland performed the work so perhaps that includes the rights for it to be streamed, albeit by BRB.

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I enjoyed this enormously - it was a delight!

It was also fun spotting the then young dancers whose careers have subsequently blossomed. I'm not an expert on BRB, but I managed to spot Alex Cambell and Joseph Caley as 'friends'; Momoko Hirata and Delia Matthews as 'seasons'/lead waltzers, and even Celine Gittens in the corps! 🙂  I'm sure there were more, but as I say, I'm not so well versed in the dancers at BRB, as many here on the forum

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In fact, I see from the Product Details that the Disc has not been discontinued by its manufacturer.  But it's clearly now very rare and is thus advertised at a speculative ransom price, from a supplier in Japan.  And if you don't like that, there's another supplier in Poland who will sell you it for £247 .... but delivery is Free.


And NB that, should you have a copy, you could try selling it on Amazon at some less extortionate, but still lucrative, price.

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