BRB Shadows of War

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Three ballets touched by the hand of conflict

BRB Shadows of War

La Fin du Jour, Miracle in the Gorbals and Flowers of the Forest


Tuesday 28 - Wednesday 29 October 2014 Download Calendar

The Lyric


This triple bill presents three ballets each touched in its own way by war.

Kenneth MacMillan’s La Fin du Jour captures the glamorous La Plage lifestyle of the depression era, introducing a range of beautiful characters at play in fashionable beachwear. Using Maurice Ravel’s score, composed in the 1930s, this range of sophisticated yet simple cameos serves as an elegant elegy to an era and lifestyle lost to World War II.

Created in 1944 towards the end of the war and danced to a score by Sir Arthur Bliss, Miracle in the Gorbals is set in 1940s Glasgow. After the shock of a girl’s suicide, the arrival of a mysterious stranger who is able to bring her back to life creates waves among the tenements and it’s violent inhabitants. In this ground breaking dance drama recreated by Dame Gillian Lynne, a member of the original cast, Robert Helpmann raised uncomfortable questions about post-war society and the culture of the poor and dispossessed.

David Bintley’s Flowers of the Forest is a ballet in two parts. Set to music by Malcolm Arnold, Four Scottish Dances presents a light hearted and nostalgic, ‘picture postcard’ view of Scotland whilst Scottish Ballad strikes a more serious note, and is danced to a folk-inspired score written by the young Benjamin Britten. The composer’s pacifist views and fears for a world on the brink of war found voice in this piece which takes it’s title from the famous ballad commemorating the flower of Scottish youth slain at the Battle of Flodden Field.

La Fin du jour will last 25 minutes followed by a 25 minute interval
Miracle in the Gorbals will last 42 minutes followed by a 25 minute interval
Flowers of the Forest will last 29 minutes

Evening performances end at 10pm and the matinee performance will end at 4.30pm

Pricing & Concessions

Full Price:
£15.20 – £37.70

Please note: Prices include a 70p per ticket booking fee.

Under 16s, Student, Unwaged, Young Company, ANLO:
£12.70 tickets A, B & C (Tue & Wed 7.30pm)

Over 60s, Disabled:
£5 off A & B (Tue & Wed 7.30pm)

Corporate Members:
£5 off A & B (Wed 7.30pm)

TRAC & BRB Friends:
£20.70 tickets A, B & C (Tue 7.30pm)

People’s Company:
£3.50 off A & B (Tue & Wed 7.30pm)

Groups of 10+:
£1.50 off A, B & C

Groups of 20+:
£2.50 off A, B & C

Groups of 40+:
£3.50 off A, B & C

Please note: Prices include a 70p per ticket booking fee. Concessions exclude price band E in The Lyric.

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