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By season

Spring 2014
Summer 2014
Autumn 2014

By venue

Birmingham Hippodrome
Buxton Opera House
Durham Gala
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Hall for Cornwall, Truro
Sunderland Empire Theatre
The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham
The Lighthouse, Poole
The Lowry, Salford
Theatre Royal Nottingham
Theatre Royal Plymouth
Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe

By show

Beauty and the Beast
Darkness and Light
IDFB 2014 Programme One
IDFB 2014 Programme Two
La Fille mal gardée
North tour spring 2014
Shadows of War
South tour spring 2014

Coppélia story guide


The Gardens of the Duke's mansion, the following evening
The new bell is formally presented by the Duke, who bestows purses of gold upon Franz and Swanilda and another couple who have announced their wedding that day. Coppélius arrives, angry that his doll has been ruined by Swanilda, but the Duke placates him by giving him a purse of gold too.The masque now begins with the 'Dance of the Hours' and the 'Dawn of a New Day'. Then there are dances that illustrate the uses to which the bell will be put: the call to prayer, work, the announcement of a marriage, the call to arms and, finally, the declaration of peace, in which we see Swanilda and Franz express their true love. As everyone departs with the bell, Coppélius, alone and forgotten, discovers that, for once, his mystical powers really have worked.


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