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Birmingham Royal Ballet

Birmingham Royal Ballet is Britain’s leading contemporary touring ballet company, performing a unique repertoire of full-length classics and new works to audiences nationally and internationally. Our investment helps the company to strengthen relationships with key audiences and touring circuits, and supports the development of new work for ballet in the 21st century.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £7,256,684
  • 2013-2014: £7,423,588
  • 2014-2015: £7,623,107

Video feed

Aladdin trailer

Birmingham Royal Ballet perform a new production of Aladdin this spring, with choreography by David Bintley and music by Carl Davis. Find out more about the creation of the ballet at

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Three Sugar Plum Fairies

Three of Birmingham Royal Ballet's ballerinas rehearsing the Sugar Plum Fairy solo from Peter Wright's production of The Nutcracker. Featuring Elisha Willis, Nao Sakuma and Jenna Roberts. Recorded in the Company's studios in Birmingham, UK.

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Nutcracker rehearsals

Angela Paul and Iain Mackay in the studio rehearsals for The Nutcracker. Here you can see an excerpt from Clara and the Nutcracker Prince's pas de deux from Act I of Peter Wright's production!

La Fille mal gardée - Widow Simone's clog dance

David Morse dances Widow Simone's clog dance in Frederick Ashton's production of La Fille mal gardée.

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Birmingham Royal Ballet - La Fille mal gardée

Miyako Yoshida in the role of Lise in Frederick Ashton's La Fille mal gardée.

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Pineapple Poll stage rehearsals

Robert Parker performs Captain Belaye's first solo during Birmingham Royal Ballet's stage rehearsals for Pineapple Poll.

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Checkmate stage rehearsals

An excerpt from stage rehearsals for De Valois' iconic masterpiece, Checkmate. With Victoria Marr as the Black Queen and Jonathan Payn as the Red King.

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Checkmate stage rehearsals

Iain Mackay rehearses the Red Knight's solo from De Valois' Checkmate.

Birmingham Royal Ballet - La Fille mal gardée rehearsals

Rory Mackay in early studio rehearsals for Widow Simone's taxing clog dance from La Fille mal gardée. The ballet is often described as a summer pantomime, with it's dashing hero and heroine, vibrant colors and comedy dame. In the full stage version, this segment is performed alongside a host of other characters. The ocassional pauses in the action are the few moments where the Widow relinquishes centre stage in favour of another dancer. You can find out more about the piece at​fille

Birmingham Royal Ballet are performing a programme of three one-act ballets during autumn 2011. Entitled Autumn Glory, it features Checkmate, Symphonic Variations and Pineapple Poll. You can find out more about it at​autumn

Kit Holder - Printer Jam

In early 2010, a number of Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers presented pieces that they themselves had choreographed. One of these pieces was Printer Jam by Kit Holder, to music of the same name by Mistabishi. Here you can see a short video discussing the piece.

Peter Wright's productions of the classics

David Bintley and Peter Wright discuss Peter's work on Birmingham Royal Ballet's classical ballets; work which has made them among the best - if not THE best - productions in the world. This video features clips from both The Sleeping Beauty and Coppélia.

Cinderella: the day after the premiere

Here's David Bintley's final Creating Cinderella video diary, recorded the day after the brand new ballet opened at Birmingham Hippodrome last winter. Notably relaxed, he looks back at what a journey it has been.

Cinderella: the week of the premiere

David Bintley discusses how he is feeling about the impending premiere of Cinderella, in a video diary recorded less than three days before curtain up!

Cinderella: One week to go!

Recorded the week before the ballet opened, Cinderella's choreographer David Bintley reveals the work that was taking place in the final stages of preparation before curtain up.

Costume fittings

Designer John Macfarlane reveals part of the costume fitting process for Cinderella. Work has been going on for many months ahead of this winter's premiere of the new ballet at Birmingham Hippodrome. You can find out more about the ballet at

John Macfarlane's set designs for Cinderella

John Macfarlane is the designer for Birmingham Royal Ballet's new production of Cinderella. In this exclusive video diary, he introduces work on the enormous stage cloths which he is painting for the ballet. You can find out more about this new production at

Early progress on Cinderella

David Bintley, Birmingham Royal Ballet's Director, explains the choreographic progress that was made on his new production of Cinderella in early 2010. With the Company undertaking so many performances, there were limits to how much time could be spent on the new piece. However, he was able to work extensively with Elisha Willis and Iain Mackay, the two dancers creating the role of Cinderella and the Prince. Include footage of early choreographic work recorded in the Company's own studios in Birmingham.

David Bintley on the Cinderella model box

Birmingham Royal Ballet's Director, David Bintley, is creating a new production of Cinderella this winter (2010). In a video diary recorded halfway through the year, he explains how the designs for a new ballet are presented to the Company, and why. Included in the clip is footage of the original model box presentation given by David and Designer John Macfarlane.

Chi Cao and Nao Sakuma rehearse Romeo and Juliet

The two Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal dancers in studio rehearsals for Kenneth MacMillan's glorious production of Romeo and Juliet. You can find out about current performances of the piece at

Birmingham Royal Ballet - 2010 Swan Lake rehearsals

A second clip of Birmingham Royal Ballet Principals Gaylene Cummerfield and Matthew Lawrence in rehearsals for Swan Lake.

Birmingham Royal Ballet - 2010 Swan Lake rehearsals

Company Principals Gaylene Cummerfield and Matthew Lawrence rehearse a pas de deux from Swan Lake, ahead of Birmingham Royal Ballet's summer season at Birmingham Hippodrome, which opens tonight!

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Romeo and Juliet rehearsals 2010

Birmingham Royal Ballet First Soloist Jenna Roberts rehearses the role of Juliet in Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet. Filmed in the Company's own studios in Birmingham, UK

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Romeo and Juliet pas de deux

Jenna Roberts and Jamie Bond perform a pas de deux from Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet.

Birmingham Royal Ballet rehearses The Two Pigeons

Pricipal Dancers Robert Parker and Nao Sakuma rehearse Sir Frederick Ashton's The Two Pigeons, in Birmingham Royal Ballet's studios in the UK. Coaching them is Wolfgang Stollwitzer, Ballet Master. We often have difficulty recording these clips due to the backlighting from the large windows (and mirrors on other walls), and are experimenting with some post-production filters. Let us know what you think!

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Birmingham Royal Ballet
Thorp Street

B5 4AU

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