Belfast Grand Opera House
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Sadler's Wells, London
The Lowry, Salford
Theatre Royal Plymouth
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Ashton Double bill
First Steps: a child's Swan Lake
Free pre-performance talks
Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare Triple bill
The Taming of the Shrew
Variations Triple bill (Birmingham)
Variations Triple bill (tour)
The Grand Tour | Faster | The Dream
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A sizzling taste of Shakespeare, Noël Coward and Olympic dreams
THE GRAND TOUR
All aboard for the roaring 20s! Setting out for Europe, our heroine, a
doughty American spinster, can't believe her luck when she embarks on her
cruise and finds herself in the company of a feast of famous faces. However,
it turns out that Noël Coward, Gertrude Stein and George Bernard Shaw, to
name but a few, aren't necessarily the friendliest of shipmates. Add stowaways
and a rather handsome Chief Steward into the mix and things might get a
Choreographer of many films and hit Broadway shows, American Joe Layton's
The Grand Tour is a genuinely funny take on the eccentric celebrities that
populated England's stages, screens and newspapers in the 1920s. Accompanied
by unique orchestral renditions of Noël Coward songs, the
critically-acclaimed The Grand Tour makes a long-overdue return to the stage.
A ballet inspired by the Olympic motto, Faster, Higher, Stronger
A brand-new ballet from the award-winning team behind E=mc². After
winning the last ever South Bank Show Dance award in 2010 with E=mc²,
Company Director David Bintley embarks on a second collaboration with renowned Australian composer Matthew
Hindson. This ballet of speed, power
and athleticism will be a fitting creation for the lead-up to London 2012.
The course of true love never did run smooth... certainly not if a group of mischievous
fairies have anything to do with it!
In Frederick Ashton's The Dream, having
argued with beautiful Titania, Oberon, king of the fairies, seeks a suitable revenge.
He orders the fairy Puck to transform a dopey local peasant into
a donkey and cause Titania to fall in love with it. This he does, but
things soon get out of hand - over-use of the love potion pits friend against
friend and hilariously embroils four poor mortals in the fairies' games.
Felix Mendelsson's tuneful and instantly recognisable music to A Midsummer Night's Dream
becomes the basis for Ashton's elfin comedy, as he shows his mastery of dance,
theatre and humour, weaving and unravelling an other-worldly web of mischief.
'A programme perfectly planned and perfectly executed.'
'What The Grand Tour shares with Midnight in Paris is a sublime and affectionate
silliness. The dancers catch the tone,
and mix a perfect little dry martini with which to start an evening.'
'A marathon of speedy momentum and dance athleticism for a cast in sext-sporty costumes.'
'Bintley has surely scored a winner, and the dancers deserve medals.'
THE SUNDAY TIMES on Faster
'A very good piece of work, fast, strong, theatrically clever and musically powerful.'
'An outstanding new ballet.'
THE ARTS DESK on Faster
'A jewel of compressed wit created by a master.'
THE ARTS DESK on The Dream
'Nothing could be more awesome or more illustrative of the dedication, intensity, aspiration and power of
THE STAGE on Faster