Over on the Company Facebook page, we’re running through alphabetical highlights of the forthcoming 2013-14 season, posting a new item each day.

Here on the Home Blog, we’ve already posted a summary of the first three items, and so now here’s a catchup of the items beginning with D, E,F and G!

Decking the Halls

Many may shout ‘Humbug!’ at this early mention of the festive season, but we’re sure we’re not alone in looking forward to the return of The Nutcracker this year! John Macfarlane’s gorgeously designed sets are as beloved as Tchaikovsky’s magical score, and we’re looking forward to transforming Birmingham Hippodrome into Clara’s Christmas party! Click here to watch a video of the stage set-up for Act I:

Click here to book for The Nutcracker this winter.


In our alphabetical run-through of forthcoming highlights in the 2013, E is for the return of E=mc², David Bintley’s award-winning one-act ballet based on Einstein’s famous equation!

You can read notes on the elements of E=mc² by clicking here.

We dance the ballet as part of our ‘Penguin Café’ triple bill, along with ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café and Tombeaux, in Birmingham, London and Plymouth. All three works are by Director David Bintley.

Click here for booking details.


In our alphabetical list of 2013-14 highlights, F is for the Fairytale characters in The Sleeping Beauty! As well as Princess Aurora and the Prince that awakens her with a kiss, a selection of familiar faces turn up at the end to celebrate the royal wedding. Here’s a video in which Puss in Boots performs a short divert with the White Cat, full of prowling stand-offs and feline flourishes!

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A second nod to The Sleeping Beauty, with G highlighting the production’s gorgeously ostentatious sets and costumes.

G is for Gold, as we again celebrate the return of The Sleeping Beauty, this time highlighting the glittering sets and costumes that make it one of the most ostentatious pieces in our repertory!

Speaking in 2009, Director David Bintley commented:

“With opera or with Shakespeare, there tends to be a desire to update things – to present familiar stories and ideas differently for modern eyes. But while The Sleeping Beauty is over 100 years old, you can still recapture the scale and opulence that would have greeted the St Petersburg audience over a century ago, because the ballet itself is a lavish fairy tale set around that time.”

For examples of the show’s sparkle, see our Golden Pinterest board, originally set up during the 2012 Olympics to celebrate team GB’s successes, and which rapidly became dominated by photos from the productions.

For more details of this magical production, click here.