Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) is one of the three major ballet companies of the United Kingdom, alongside The Royal Ballet and the English National Ballet.
Founded as the Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet, the company was established in 1946 as a sister company to the earlier Sadler’s Wells company, which moved to the Royal Opera House that same year, subsequently becoming known as The Royal Ballet. The new company was formed under the direction of John Field and remained at Sadler’s Wells for many years, becoming known as the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet. It also toured the UK and abroad, before relocating to Birmingham in 1990, where it uses the Birmingham Hippodrome stage when performing in the city. Birmingham Royal Ballet has extensive custom-built facilities, including a suite of dance studios, the Jerwood Centre for the Prevention and Treatment of Dance Injuries and a studio theatre known as the Patrick Centre. In 1997, the Birmingham Royal Ballet became independent of the Royal Ballet in London and has enjoyed world recognition under artistic direction by David Bintley.
BRB’s Mission Statement is to be one of the world’s best classical ballet companies, respected for its excellence, artistic innovation, and social responsibility, that connects with its audiences and communities in its home city of Birmingham, throughout the UK and across the world.
Birmingham Royal Ballet shares the ambition of the City of Birmingham to be recognised internationally as a successful, innovative and culturally diverse city by becoming a focus for excellence in dance development and performance.