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date: 01 April 2020

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The chapter examines three ballets inspired by Shakespeare, created for the British Royal Ballet companies. Kenneth MacMillan’s Images of Love (1964) and The Prince of the Pagodas (1989) provide context for analysis of David Bintley’s The Shakespeare Suite (1999). The structural decisions, stylistic choices, and how these adaptations were received are evaluated. Particular attention is paid to the response to plot and to character, while more allusive connections with Shakespeare are highlighted. An analysis of gender roles and an engagement with meta-theatricality demonstrate the depth and complexity of these innovative ballets and also prompt fresh insights into individual plays.

Keywords: Shakespeare, ballet, adaptation, David Bintley, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan, Royal Ballet

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