Birmingham Royal Ballet's summer spectacular
The Birmingham Royal Ballet's programme features a sizzling taste of Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy and Noël Coward as part of their summer celebration
1. The Dream
Frederick Ashton's The Dream is an adaptation of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.
2. Mendelsson soundtrack
Ashton's witty choreography is soundtracked by Felix Mendelsson's tuneful, instantly recognisable music from A Midsummer Night's Dream
3. Oberon's revenge
Having argued with beautiful Titania, Oberon, king of the fairies, seeks a suitable revenge and drips a potion into Titania's eyes causing her to fall in love with the first person she sees
4. The Grand Tour
The Grand Tour takes us back to the 1920s as our heroine joins Noël Coward, Gertrude Stein and George Bernard Shaw on a transatlantic journey to Europe. But these famous faces aren't necessarily the friendliest of shipmates.
5. Life on the high seas
Add stowaways and a rather handsome Chief Steward into the mix and things might get a little... complicated.
6. Joe Layton
Choreographer American Joe Layton's The Grand Tour is a funny take on the eccentric celebrities that populated England's stages, screens and newspapers in the 1920s. Accompanied by unique orchestral renditions of Noël Coward songs, The Grand Tour makes a long-overdue return to the stage.
7. Far From The Madding Crowd
With an evocative score by Paul Reade and choreography David Bintley, Far From The Madding Crowd, an adaption of Thomas Hardy's novel, is a story of lust, deceit and murder.
8. Bathsheba Everdene
At the centre of the story is Bathsheba Everdene whose beauty enchants three men - but only one can claim her as his own.
9. Hardy's tale of love and betrayal
Their love for Bathsheba Everdene will change the three men's lives for ever.