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Birmingham Royal Ballet performs Coppélia this week at London Coliseum. Here you can see archive posters for the production from the past thirty years:

Click here to book for Coppélia 2012 at London Coliseum.

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In addition to the Coppélia photos taken from the wings that we posted here on the tour blog last week, we posted an extra over the weekend via our twitter feed. You can see the shot below, and click here to follow us on twitter.

Birmingham Royal Ballet performs the ballet 7-9 July 2011 at the Grand Canal Theatre Dublin. Click here to book.

Here you can see more photos taken from the wings during a performance of Coppélia, by photographer Andrew Ross.

Birmingham Royal Ballet performs the ballet 7-9 July at the Grand Canal Theatre Dublin. Click here to book.

Here you can see photos taken from the wings during a performance of Coppélia, by photographer Andrew Ross.

Birmingham Royal Ballet performs the ballet 7-9 July at the Grand Canal Theatre Dublin. Click here to book.

Back home, tickets are already on sale for our next UK tour. We perform Coppélia in summer 2011, with performances in Salford, Birmingham and Dublin. Click the city names for details.

In the new video below, Company dancers Kristen McGarrity and Steven Monteith introduce some of the costumes from the ballet, including a number that they themselves have performed in.



Bonus: Here you can see the outtakes from our Coppélia costume video shoot!

Next week’s split tour features enchanting excerpts from both The Sleeping Beauty and Coppélia. For younger memebers of the audience, we’ve posted two activity sheets below.

As well as completing the puzzle on each sheet and colouring it in, we’ve left the heads blank so you can add in the face of a member of your family and make them into a ballerina! The first activity sheet features Princess Aurora from The Sleeping Beauty, while the second features Swanilda from Coppélia pretending to be a clockwork doll!






















Click here for details of performances in Yeovil and Truro
Click here for details of performances in Durham and York

We’re splitting up again!

But just for one tour!

Birmingham Royal Ballet are once again splitting in two, to perform simultaneously in the North East and South West of England. The tour begins on 19 April in both Durham and Yeovil, with a programme including one-act ballets performed alongside excerpts from full-length classics.

To count down the week between now and the opening night, we’ll be posting daily updates here on the tour blog, featuring some of the different works being performed.

To start us off here’s a video clip in which David Bintley and Peter Wright discuss Peter’s production work on our classical pieces. Included in video is footage of Coppélia and The Sleeping Beauty, excerpts from which are included in the programme for both the Northern and Southern tour!



Click here for details of performances in Yeovil and Truro
Click here for details of performances in Durham and York

Tickets are now on sale for our performances of Coppélia at the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin, Thursday 7-Saturday 9 July 2011. Click here for details.

The ballet tells the story of Dr Coppélius, a toymaker who creates the life-like Coppélia doll and wishes for nothing more than to bring her to life. He imagines that his dream has finally come true, but he has merely been caught up in a tiff between red-blooded young lover Franz and his jealous fiancée Swanilda. However, love triumphs over all in this comedy of mistaken identity, with a wild mix of abracadabra, mischievous maidens and a spooky toy shop.

For younger members of the audience, a Coppélia colouring-in sheet can be downloaded and printed off here!

Birmingham Royal Ballet will perform Coppélia at Dublin’s Grand Canal Theatre, 7-9 July 2011.

Tickets are not on sale yet, but will be available via the venue’s website when booking opens.

With a wild mix of abracadabra, and some mischievous maidens, comic chaos is riotously unleashed when humans and automatons collide in Dr Coppélius’s spooky toyshop. Peter Wright’s enchanting production of this joyous and witty ballet is an ever-popular celebration of love, with a sparkling score and breathtaking choreography. Coppélia is guaranteed to lift the hearts of all the family.

‘One of the traditional gems of the repertory’
The Sunday Times

‘Volumes of joy and energy’
The Stage

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s website

Birmingham Royal Ballet on twitter