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Charming ballet's a Beauty.

THE delicate attention to detail and technical agility of the dancers against the sumptuous golden stage sets appeared to cast a mesmerising spell over the audience in this production.

Spectators watched in wonder as fairies and their cavaliers swarmed across the stage to the melodious strains of Pyotr Ilycih Tchaikovsky's score.

The story of Sleeping Beauty - evil Fairy The Sleeping Beauty, Birmingham Royal Ballet BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME REVIEW SET on a hot day in New York in 1957, the moral dilemmas Twelve Angry Men poses are as relevant today.

The dozen men com- REVIEW Twelve Angry Men BIRMINGHAM REP prise a jury, deciding the fate of a 16-year-old on trial for killing his father. They must all agree on a verdict, but if they find him guilty he will be sent to the electric chair.

At first the case seems clear cut, but one lone dissenter, played by Martin Shaw, votes not guilty and encourages the others to examine the evidence.

Shaw puts in a masterful performance, while Nick Moran and Miles Richardson are superb as bigoted jurors.

There is atmospheric Verdict: ROZ LAWS staging and a table which very, very slowly revolves. It's as ingenious as the script, which packs a powerful and witty punch.

Twelve Angry Men continues until October 19.
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Date:Oct 10, 2013
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