Project information

Birmingham Royal Ballet - The Tempest

New ballets are the beating heart of Birmingham Royal Ballet and are vital if we are to maintain our exceptional standards around the world. As part of the Shakespeare400 David Bintley will create a new Tempest, continuing the long relationship between ballet and Shakespeare.

September 2015 - October 2016

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  • Need


    In world ballet, the presentation of a handful of the most popular classical works has become the norm, with two hazardous effects. There is a danger that the creativity of the art-form will stagnate, restricting opportunities to bring new cultural influences to the stage, making ballet out of touch with modern audiences. Also, without opportunities to create and perform large-scale repertory, the skills that a classical ballet company requires to operate in a world-class arena are threatened.


    Investing in The Tempest will increase BRB's repertory and further our reputation for maintaining the heritage of English Ballet, advancing the art-form through the creation of fresh and innovative new works. We are committed to ensuring that ballet has an exciting future, relevant to our audiences everywhere, and The Tempest will attract existing ballet enthusiasts and new audiences while providing the Company with dynamic new choreography to rehearse and portray.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Create a new ballet for the Company repertory


    » David Bintley is choreographing a new full length, 3 act ballet of the Tempest as part of the Shakespeare400 celebrations.

    A brand new 3 act ballet to be performed in Birmingham in autumn 2016, before touring the UK during the Shakespeare400 celebrations.

    Aim 2

    Artistically stimulate the Company, maintaining standards while attracting new dancers to join us.


    » Creating The Tempest will give tremendous career opportunities to dancers, teaching new techniques and being part of new choreography.

    A vibrant, charismatic Company of Dancers and support staff who inspire each other and the community at large.

    Aim 3

    Continue the relationship between ballet and Shakespeare.


    » This project will encourage a greater appreciation for Shakespeare by looking at his work through an entirely different lens.

    Through our community and education work we will open doors to our art-form, while simultaneously working across the curriculum to facilitate learning in multiple areas.

    Aim 4

    Provide an exciting platform for one of the few female composers from the UK, Sally Beamish.


    » David Bintley is commissioning a brand new score from Sally, further promoting women in senior positions in the arts.

    A brand new score specifically for The Tempest.

  • Impact


    The creation of The Tempest will underpin ticket sales and broaden audience choice in the 2016/2017 season. Ensuring that income is re-invested into other loss-making aspects of our operation (touring, audience development and education/community work) contributes to the health of classical ballet. We will also be able to continuously invest in our dancers and creative team, while attracting the best new artists to the Company.


    The greatest risk to The Tempest is not securing the necessary funding for the new production. To mitigate this possibility, we are also pursuing a number of funding sources and revenue streams to ensure the new ballet is fully funded.


    Donors to The Tempest will receive regular updates from Birmingham Royal Ballet through our To The Pointe and Entrechat magazines, as well as an invitation to watch the completed work being rehearsed on stage.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £900,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £300,000 Production Costs Costumes
      £300,000 Production Costs Sets and props
      £300,000 Administration Research, Rehearsal / Tuition time

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    New Work Syndicate £100,000 Guaranteed
    Director's Appeal £80,000 Guaranteed
    Charitable Trusts £100,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Tempest will be performed first in Birmingham in September 2016. Once part of the repertory, it will be toured in the UK during 2016 with visits to London, Salford, Sunderland and Plymouth, with further venues in negotiations. Birmingham Royal Ballet came to Birmingham in 1990 and we are one of the most admired ballet companies in the country, fostering close links with our audiences in every region of the UK and our local community above all.


    All ballet enthusiasts will benefit from a new work by being introduced to exciting, audacious new choreography and it's accompanying score. The expansion of the classical ballet canon will also ensure new audiences are encouraged into the auditoriums and classrooms, keeping ballet truly alive. Our Company will also benefit by being presented with new challenges to face and our reputation for caring for the needs of our dancers will continue to grow.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Birmingham Royal Ballet has a track record of creating new ballets, both full length and one act pieces, that are both critically and commercially successful. In the last 17 years we have produced 20 new ballets, 10 of which were supported by the Director's Appeal, including 2010's Christmas smash hit Cinderella, the award-winning Faster, the successful recreation of The Prince of the Pagodas in 2014 and 2015's commercial success The King Dances.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    David Bintley

    David is a world renowned choreographer, and has been artistic director of Birmingham Royal Ballet for 20 years.

    Sally Beamish

    Sally is a British composer of chamber, vocal, choral and orchestral music. She is composing a brand new score for The Tempest.

    Rae Smith

    Rae is a noted theatrical designer who has worked on Warhorse and The Prince of the Pagodas.She is designing the look of The Tempest.