Britten’s ballet at the Lowry

The Prince of The Pagodas
The Prince of The Pagodas
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As the Benjamin Britten 100th centenary celebrations come to a close, The Lowry welcomes the composer’s only commissioned ballet, The Prince of The Pagodas, to its Lyric stage, performed by partner company Birmingham Royal Ballet.

This re-working by David Bintley, which was first performed in 2011 by the National Ballet of Japan, will open in Salford next Thursday and runs until Saturday.

Bintley’s choreography is only the third version of the ballet to have been produced since it was first written in 1957.

Olivier Award-winning War Horse designer Rae Smith brings the production to life with set and costume designs inspired by the traditions of Japanese fairytale and art.  

Other far-Eastern elements have inspired Bintley and been worked into the re-structured plot, transforming a romantic love story into a tale that celebrates the power of family love.

Julia Fawcett, chief executive of The Lowry said: “The Prince of The Pagodas is a rare ballet and we are delighted Bintley’s daring revision will be seen for the first time in the UK here at The Lowry.”

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