Don Quixote returns to Birmingham

BRB to stage new production at Hippodrome.

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director Carlos Acosta promises entertainment for all ages when he brings an explosion of Spanish sunshine, spectacular dance and vivacious comedy to Birmingham Hippodrome later this month.

In a new production created especially for Birmingham Royal Ballet and featuring all-new designs by Tim Hatley, Don Quixote introduces us to Cervantes’ famous knight himself, lovers Kitri and Basilio, and a host of supporting characters. As the Don sets out on a quest to track down his true love, with his loyal friend and servant Sancho Panza at his side, he finds himself embroiled in an unlikely adventure of love and dreams.

The first UK performances of Acosta’s sparkling new 21st-century production of this 19th-century masterpiece, featuring music by one of the founding fathers of Russian Ballet music Ludwig Minkus, performed live by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, comes to the Hippodrome from 18-26 February.

Carlos Acosta’s original production, his first full length ballet, was created for The Royal Ballet in 2013, and was last seen at the Royal Ballet in 2019. It has also been seen in cinemas all over the world.

Acosta says: “For this new production, I wanted to give it a completely new take and a new look to the one that I gave to the Royal Ballet so that Birmingham has its own. It’s a new production with a new concept and designs, re-orchestration, new elements of the choreography, new colours,a whole new palette.”

Based at Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Royal Ballet is the United Kingdom’s leading touring ballet company performing a range of traditional, classical and heritage ballets as well as ground-breaking new works with the aim of encouraging choreographers of the future. Internationally renowned Carlos Acosta has been the Company Director since January 2020.

The Royal Ballet Sinfonia is Birmingham Royal Ballet’s permanent orchestra. It is also Britain’s busiest ballet orchestra, playing frequently for The Royal Ballet and other leading ballet companies.

Don Quixote will be performed at the Birmingham Hippodrome from Friday 18th to Saturday 26th February. Details.