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Birmingham Royal Ballet

30th September 2023

The Telegraph: Four Stars - "Black Sabbath – The Ballet: an ingenious, affectionate show roared home by the sold-out crowd"

The Times: Four Stars - "A head-banging Triumph"


Metal Hammer: Four Stars -"The Black Sabbath ballet shows Sabbath are still pushing heavy metal into unchartered territories after half a century"


This brand new show has proved an enormous hit with the press, critics and audience, and continues to sell out as fast as tickets can go on sale.


Black Sabbath forged their unique sound in both Richard Thomas and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s home city.


In Black Sabbath – The Ballet, expect a spectacular theatrical evening featuring thrilling dance alongside full orchestrations of legendary Black Sabbath tracks such as Paranoid and Iron Man, as well as new orchestral works inspired by their music - all performed live by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.

In the second of three Birmingham-focussed commissions, Carlos Acosta was drawn to both the band’s work and its musical legacy as the originators of Heavy Metal. This full-evening ballet promises to be a unique undertaking with three composers and three choreographers. Composer Chris Austin (whose work includes orchestrating the White Stripes music for Wayne McGregor’s Chroma) working alongside award-winning writer Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer, The Opera) to create an extraordinary metal symphony over three acts. Black Sabbath themselves have been closely involved in developing this unique collaboration.

Sparks will undoubtedly fly in this intriguing new response to Black Sabbath’s music and legacy – the first true heavy metal ballet experience.

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