The story of toymaker Dr Coppélius comes to life at The London Coliseum this March as the Birmingham Royal Ballet brings a brand new production of “Coppélia” to the stage. It will be an opportunity to visit a piece of work that has been entertaining ballet audiences since 1870 when it premiered at the Théâtre Impérial de l’Opéra. It features the choreography of Peter Wright alongside Marius Petipa and Enrico Cecchetti with designs by Peter Farmer and music from Léo Delibes.
The plot of “Coppélia” focuses on the work of eccentric and intriguing Dr Coppélius, a toymaker and inventor who wishes to bring to life his latest creation – a mechanical doll named Coppélia. In this comic ballet his creation is too lifelike and causes quite a stir in the village when he leaves it on his balcony in his workshop and the village swain Frantz becomes infatuated with it, creating jealousy and confusion for his living fiancée Swanilda. The latter eventually dresses as the doll in order to show him the error of his ways.
As mentioned the ballet first appeared in front of audiences at the Théâtre Impérial de l’Opéra and was based on two stories from E.T.A Hoffmann entitled “Der Sandmann” and Die Puppe” and in the years since it was first brought to our attention it has gone through many different iterations.
This version is the one created by Sir Peter Wright, whose life’s work has seen him earn numerous awards and accolades.
“Coppélia” comes to the stage of the London Coliseum in the same year as Damon Albarn’s “Dr Dee” and runs at the venue from Thursday 15th March 2012 to Sunday 18th March 2012.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 15th March 2012|
|Booking Until:||Sunday, 18th March 2012|
|Matinees:||Saturday 2.30pm, Sunday 1pm|
|Evenings:||Thursday to Saturday 7.30pm|
|Running Time:||2 hours 25 minutes|
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