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We’ve posted a gallery of images from Checkmate on the Company Facebook page. Members of the network can click here to take a look and here’s a sample in the meantime!


We’re in Plymouth this week, performing our Autumn Glory triple bill and La Fille mal gardée at Plymouth Theatre Royal. We’ve already posted a couple of clips from stage rehearsals for Autumn Glory, but here’s an extra one to whet your appetite for the final performances of this tour.

It comes from Checkmate, and features the entrance of Jenna Roberts and Jonathan Payn as the Red Queen and King:

Checkmate, part of our Autumn Glory triple bill, sees a range of chess pieces do battle across the stage, with the Red side watched over by the frail and vulnerable king, and the Black side led by a fierce and dangerous queen.

Here you can see two clips of stage rehearsals for Checkmate, in which Iain Mackay dances a solo as the Red Knight, and Victoria Marr performs a solo as the Black Queen.

Birmingham Royal Ballet performs Autumn Glory at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, this Tuesday and Wednesday, and at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, next Tuesday and Wednesday. Click on each venue name for details.

Our 2011 autumn triple bill, Autumn Glory, features Checkmate, Symphonic Variations and Pineapple Poll. Here’s some of the headpieces that the knights wear in checkmate, awaiting fitting in the wardrobe corridor!

We perform the programme at the following venues this season:

Birmingham Hippodrome 6 – 8 October 2011
Sadler’s Wells Theatre 18 – 19 October 2011
Theatre Royal Plymouth 25 – 26 October 2011

Find out more about Autumn Glory by clicking here.

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s website

Birmingham Royal Ballet on twitter