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The King Dances

  • Sadler's Wells Theatre, London EC1R 4TN, UK (map)
© Bill Cooper

© Bill Cooper

The King Dances

Birmingham Royal Ballet

David Bintley, choreographer

Stephen Montague, composer

Katrina Lindsay, costume and designs

Peter Mumford, lighting


The London premiere of the ballet, The King Dances, will be at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Friday 16 & Saturday 17 October, with the Birmingham Royal Ballet & Orchestra. 

David Bintley’s new ballet for Birmingham Royal Ballet, the 35-minute The King Dances, explores Louis XIV’s journey to kinghood. It is inspired by the Ballet de la Nuit, the seminal dance work from 1653 that introduced the 14-year-old Louis as the Rising Sun and the saviour of France after a period of civil war known as the Fronde. Featuring an original score by Stephen Montague, costumes and designs by Katrina Lindsay and lighting by Peter Mumford, The King Dances is performed by 14 male dancers and one female dancer. It was filmed at Birmingham Hippodrome in June 2015 specially for its television world premiere at 9.00pm, Sunday 13 September on BBC FOUR . 

Birmingham Royal Ballet performs The King Dances in London and Plymouth this autumn:

Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 16 – 17 October 2015

Theatre Royal Plymouth, 30 – 31 October 2015

Earlier Event: September 14
TV Premiere: The King Dances