A ‘lost’ ballet featured in a recent BBC documentary is being re-created from memory for a return to the stage as part of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 2014-15 season.

Director David Bintley, who presented the acclaimed Dancing in the Blitz: How World War 2 Made British Ballet, said ‘We enjoyed a fantastic response to the programme, a response that is especially exciting given that we are currently working on bringing Miracle in the Gorbals back to the stage for the first time in half a century’.

With no archive recordings of the ballet, all that survives are a handful of designs and photos, the sheet music for Arthur Bliss’s score, and the memories of those involved in performances. One of these artists is Gillian Lynne, who is now working with the Company to re-create Robert Helpmann’s choreography, and last weekend tweeted to voice her excitement at the project.

Miracle in the Gorbals will be danced in autumn 2014, in Birmingham and on tour, and is one of the first pieces in the 2014-15 season so far revealed. To be among the first to hear about next year’s repertory, click here to subscribe to our monthly e-bulletins.

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