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Company Principal Robert Parker retires as a dancer this year, having accepted a new position as Artistic Director of Elmhurst School for Dance.

As such, tonight’s performance of The Two Pigeons at London Coliseum could well be his last appearance on a stage of such size.

To mark the occasion, we’ve been through the archives to present the many times that Robert has featured in our poster artwork. It’s a selection that covers a wealth of classics and more modern works, including, of course, this week’s shows in London.

Click here to book for tonight’s performance of The Two Pigeons, part of our Spring Passions programme.


Here you can see Robert Parker performing the role of Captain Belaye in the bubbly comedic ballet Pineapple Poll, which the Company performs in London this week.

In the ballet, all of the townswomen are besotted with the Captain, although he’s blissfully unaware. All he’s noticed is that his crew – who are also trying to win the hearts of the local girls – are becoming increasingly annoyed with him!

For details of all of our current performances of Pineapple Poll, which forms part of our Autumn Glory programme, click here.

Birmingham Royal Ballet are bringing the sexy, sassy, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue to both Durham and York next week. The ballet tells the tale of a hapless 1930s stage performer who must extend his performance in order to stall a hitman who’s been instructed to bump him off as soon as his solo ends. The reason for the contract on his life? He’s become rather to close to a mob boss’s girlfriend, down at the local speak-easy.

Here you can see a clip of Robert Parker and Céline Gittens in rehearsals for the piece, which the Company performed last year as part of our anniversary gala in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales.

Click here for details of our performances in Durham and York
Click here for details of what we’re performing in Yeovil and Truro

Here you can see Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers Robert Parker and Céline Gittens rehearsing the pas de deux from Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.

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Birmingham Royal Ballet performs the piece in full throughout England this year. Click on the following links to find out more.

Spring tour of the South West of England
Summer performances in Birmingham
Autumn UK tour

In this clip, Director David Bintley and Principal Robert Parker discuss Cyrano’s prosthetic nose. Includes backstage footage and clips from the stage production.

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s website

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