Over on our Facebook page, we’re currently running through an alphabetical list of forthcoming highlights from the 2013-14 season, which opens next month.

Each day we’re featuring a new letter, with links to further information and preview materials.

So far we’ve covered A and B, which you can see below:

Ashton

Sir Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée returns to the stage in summer 2014, a romantic comedy that perfectly reflects the glorious sunny weather we’ll (hopefully) be enjoying outside the theatre at the same time. In fact the ballet topped target=New”>our list of on-stage sun-drenched moments in 2012.

The plot revolves around a young man named Colas, and his attempts to woo the daughter of the cantankerous Widow Simone, who herself owns the farm on which he works. The Widow is played as a pantomime dame, as you can see in this archive clip from the Children’s Royal Variety Performance:

We perform La Fille mal gardée at Birmingham Hippodrome, 11-15 June 2014, with tickets on sale now.

BenjaminBritten4

Spring 2013 brings the first UK performances of David Bintley’s production of The Prince of the Pagodas, a ballet that he created in 2011 on the National Ballet of Japan.

Birmingham Royal Ballet is currently preparing a touring version of the show, with new sets and costumes being created as we speak. An obvious constant, however, will be Benjamin Britten’s score, written in 1957.

The score itself is heavily influenced by Balinese Gamelan music, and is full of otherworldly moments. Speaking of the music recently, David Bintley said:

“Britten’s music is considered a challenge by some, but I don’t know why. It’s full to the brim with melodies, sweeping theatrical effects and brilliant ‘filmic’ moments. It’s a score I have loved for almost 30 years and I am glad more people are now going to hear it.”

Typing “Prince of the Pagodas” into YouTube will bring up various excerpts from the score, including this one inexplicably set to photographs of a roof-top carpark.

Click here for details of next year’s performances of The Prince of the Pagodas in Birmingham, London and Plymouth. Tickets are on sale now.

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