The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas, 21-25 April
Based on the best-selling novel by John Boyne, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a heart-wrenching tale of an unlikely friendship between two innocent boys.
Set during World War II, the story is seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and devastating consequences. Bruno’s friendship with Shmuel takes him from innocence to revelation, revealing the poetic irony that through a child’s eye everyone can appear the same. Brought to you by The Children’s Touring Partnership who have previously produced Swallows and Amazons and Goodnight Mister Tom, this world premiere of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas on stage, promises to be a deeply moving and thought provoking production.
Birmingham Royal Ballet, 29 & 30 May
Three separate programs of spectacular ballet in one evening, including tango rhythms, colourful characters, and best-loved moments, all performed to live music from members of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Quatrain, Kit Holder’s third ballet for the Company, is a dynamic short work inspired by the complex and vibrant tango rhythms of Astor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Sir Frederick Ashton’s Façade embraces the fun of Edith Sitwell’s deliciously nonsensical poetry, featuring a series of colourful characters dancing foxtrots and waltzes, all with their tongues firmly in their cheeks. The evening also features excerpts from the Company’s best-loved ballets, including Swan Lake, Beauty and the Beast and La Fille mal gardée. Ballet at its best, these programs offer a look at Birmingham Royal Ballet’s depth and range of magical dance.
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