A picture of Sabrina Lenzi as Queen Isabella adorns the leaflet advertising Birmingham Royal Ballet's big, turbulent production which has its London premiere this week. And Isabella has a demanding role. But David Bintley's choreography concentrates more on the men: not only the King torn between public duty and private love, but the man he adores, Gaveston, and Mortimer, who seduces his Queen and leads the barons against him. Based on Christopher Marlowe's Edward II, it offers tremendous roles which they take with enthusiasm and skill. Three different casts take turns during the week and you can expect high drama from any of them. Lots of gore and sex - not for the kiddies or the squeamish.
Birmingham Royal Ballet, Sadler's Wells, Roseberry Avenue, London EC1 (0171-863 8000) Tues to Sat 6 Feb, 7.30pm, matinees Thur 2pm Sat 2.30pm
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