Win tickets to see The Prince of the Pagodas!
The ballet tells the story of Princess Sakura. Mourning her beloved brother and determined to disobey her evil stepmother's bidding, Sakura refuses her wealthy suitors and follows the fascinating yet repelling Salamander Prince on a magical journey to the Land of the Pagodas. Once there, the Salamander’s shares the story of his life, and Sakura realise he is her long-lost brother, transformed by their stepmother’s evil curse. Together, brother and sister travel home, hoping to restore peace in their father’s kingdom. Based on Japanese fairy tales and the ukiyo-e paintings of Kuniyoshi, with choreography inspired by the alluring gestural language of Noh theatre, this oriental Beauty and the Beast by David Bintley marries British and Japanese cultures against a background of Benjamin Britten’s captivating score.
The Prince of the Pagodas is composer Benjamin Britten’s only commissioned full-length ballet score, and will be one of the closing highlights of the Britten 100 celebrations, a year-long, world-wide dedication to the British composer. Past choreographic versions include John Cranko's for The Royal Ballet in 1957 and Kenneth MacMillan's for the same company in 1989.
When Bintley considered the story he revisited Cranko’s 1957 version. He said: “In the original there’s a Beauty and the Beast-type premise where a Princess falls in love with a Salamander, but there really isn’t a struggle towards love; there are very few romantic moments in the action. I thought it was far better to make it a different type of love, that of sister for brother and father for son.”
Music by Benjamin Britten, Choreography by David Bintley, Design by Rae Smith
The Prince of the Pagodas
St. Martin’s Lane
(Wednesday 26 – Saturday 29 March 2014)
Box Office: 0871 911 0200
Terms and Conditions
Prize is valid 26th -29th March 2014. Subject to availability. Prize is as stated and cannot be transferred or exchanged. No cash alternative will be offered.
Monday, 10 March 2014 - 11:59pm
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