Preview: Birmingham Royal Ballet: Don Quixote at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Birmingham Royal Ballet: Don Quixote at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Catherine Collins.

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s promises an explosion of Spanish sunshine, spectacular dance and vivacious comedy when it brings its world premiere of Don Quixote to the stage at Mayflower Theatre, from 10 – 12 February. 

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 Director Carlos Acosta’s sparkling new 21st-century production of this 19th-century masterpiece, features music by one of the founding fathers of Russian Ballet music, Ludwig Minkus, and is performed live by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.

“This ballet is really popular with dancers,” says Carlos. “It is a ballet for virtuosos. If you really have aspirations to become the best ballet dancer you can be, then you must have this ballet under your belt. 

“Also it’s a production which gives opportunities to a large ballet company because there are a lot of roles for everyone in the company – for soloists, for corps members and principals so it’s a real showcase.”

Tickets for Don Quixote (10 – 12 February) are on sale at mayflower.org.uk or 02380 711811. 

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