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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.

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More pictures from backstage, courtesy of NBS Japan!.

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NBS Japan posted some images on their twitter feed yesterday showing some of our dancers signing photographs ahead of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief benefit performance at Tokyo’s U-port Hall on Tuesday.

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More information is also available on the NBS Japan blog

NBS, the promoters of our trip to Japan, have been posting pictures of our arrival on their twitter account (you can see it here).

Here’s a selection of some of the most recent images:

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s website

Birmingham Royal Ballet on twitter