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Carlos Acosta‘s new season introduces Edward Clug‘s Radio and Juliet, a modern reinvention of Romeo and Juliet, to Birmingham Royal Ballet‘s repertory. Like the original, it explores the conflict between the Capulets and Montagues. It focuses on Juliet’s perspective; after waking from a death-like coma in Clug’s ballet she chooses to live rather than kill herself.

Danced to music by Radiohead, the song lyrics reinforce the fundamental elements of the love story, struggling with relationships, however, the music is more important to the story, as Edward Clug says, ‘There are moments when the story meets the lyrics, but that was not really the point. It’s the overall emotion they create in their music.’

For these performances, Birmingham Royal Ballet is excited to be joined by Rosie Kay Dance Company, performing their brand-new work, a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. Rosie Kay’s Romeo + Juliet sets the action in the hot Birmingham summer of 2021. In this diverse city, young people’s family loyalties give way to gang allegiance as teenagers play with adult rules. A party in the park gets out of control sparking rumours, rioting and revenge.

Set to Birmingham-based composer Annie Mahtani’s soundtrack which blends Berlioz’s classical Roméo et Juliette score with her original electro-acoustic composition. Birmingham Royal Ballet’s orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia (under the baton of Martin Georgiev) join the Rosie Kay Dance Company to play the Berlioz score live, adding a thrilling dimension to the performance.

Only Fri 15 Oct 7.30pm and Sat 16 Oct 2.30pm performances of this production are based on a socially distanced seating plan. All other performances are sold at full capacity, meaning that some people may be sat next to you.

Ticket holders will be contacted via email ahead of the production date with full details of our latest audience safety procedures and requirements. The safety of our audiences, performers and staff remains our uttermost priority.


Prices and discounts subject to change

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 35 minutes including one interval

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We offer a range of discounts and concessions to enable everyone to enjoy an affordable visit to Birmingham Hippodrome.


Up to 2 Under 16s HALF PRICE with every full-paying adult (limited availability).
Thu – Fri performances (excludes Price Band A+)


25% off the ticket price. One discounted ticket per Friend per production.
Valid subject to availability on Thu-Fri performances, Price Bands A+/A – E. Book before 31 July.


£3 off price band A, £4 off B – D
Thu-Fri performances, Price Bands A-D (limited availability)


£5 off standard price tickets in all seating areas.
2 for 1 for disabled patrons who require the service/support of a companion

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24 hours prior to a performance, best available seats for the lowest price, maximum 2 per booker, subject to availability

CLICK HERE for further information on our Standby Rate and our On the Day Postcode Scheme for Birmingham residents living in B6, B9, B10, B11 and B21


Discounts and Concessions are offered subject to availability at the discretion of the Information and Sales Manager. Top three price bands only, unless otherwise stated. Restrictions may apply. Only one discount per ticket may apply, unless otherwise stated. Offers are non-retrospective and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Valid ID must be presented where applicable. Additional discounts may be offered from time to time.

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