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Lord of the Dance jigs into Birmingham for Symphony Hall's 21st Anniversary

Cast includes West Midlands dancers

SYMPHONYHALL, BIRMINGHAM

TUESDAY 20 – SUNDAY 25 MARCH 2012

The Irish dance spectacular Lord of the Dance comes to Symphony Hall for six days in March (20-25 March) as part of the much-loved concert hall’s 21st anniversary celebrations. Created by Michael Flatley, the international dance phenomenon has been captivating audiences since 1996 and has been seen by 60 million people across the globe, shattering box office records. The brand new production, currently touring the UK, brings state-of-the-art lighting and pyrotechnics, spectacular multi-media set design incorporating video screens, elevated platform effects and striking new costumes.

A superbly orchestrated production of precision dancing combined with exciting musical score takes viewers on a mythical inspired by Irish folklore in which Little Spirit helps the Lord of the Dance protect his people from the challenge of Don Dorcha, the Dark Lord. The 40-strong touring cast includes a number of dancers from the West Midlands including Ciara Sexton (Morrigahn) from Birmingham, and Coventry’s Brendan McCarron as Don Dorcha.

Lord of the Dance is part of Symphony Hall’s 21st Anniversary Festival which runs until July and includes special concerts, workshops, gigs and behind-the-scenes access. Chris Baldock, General Manager of Town Hall & Symphony Hall said, “It is a particular pleasure to host such a universally popular show as Lord of the Dance this year. It adds a theatrical contrast to the many and diverse concerts and events within the Festival and illustrates once again the incredible versatility of Symphony Hall.”

Further information is available from www.thsh.co.uk
ENDS

Notes to Editors

Town Hall & Symphony Hall Box Office 0121 780 3333
On-line booking: www.thsh.co.uk

Lord of the Dance event page

Further information on Lord of the Dance

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a Registered Charity No 1053937. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and almost 12,000 young people and 6,000 adults participate in the thriving Education and Community programme.

Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).

Symphony Hall’s 21st Anniversary Festival runs from January-July 2012 www.thsh.co.uk/sh21

Issued 27 February 2012