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Scottish Ballet to make return to stage after 18 months without touring

© Gavin Smart / Scottish BalletScottish Ballet presents Starstruck
Scottish Ballet presents Starstruck

Scottish Ballet will return to stage and screen this autumn after 18 months without touring.

The company will take the UK premiere of Starstruck, a revival of Gene Kelly’s Pas de Dieux, to Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen and Edinburgh from September 16 to October 16.

Created in collaboration with Kelly’s widow, Patricia Ward Kelly, Scottish Ballet’s CEO/Artistic Director Christopher Hampson and designer Lez Brotherston have lovingly revived the original ballet and added new twists to the jazzy and joyful original.

Claire Souet and Barnaby Rook Bishop in rehearsals for Scottish Ballet's Starstruck
Claire Souet and Barnaby Rook Bishop in rehearsals for Scottish Ballet’s Starstruck (Pic: Andy Ross)

Hampson said: “We are overjoyed to be returning to stage this autumn, to finally perform to live audiences across our much-loved venues in Scotland. Gene Kelly’s pioneering choreography and much-loved style influenced a generation of dance-makers, and we honour his creative legacy with this dazzling new production.

“We are very proud of the distinctive dance films we have made over the last few years and look forward to adding this to our canon.”

Kelly added: “It took over two decades for me to find the right home for Gene’s ballet, but I am certain now that it is in the right place and in the right hands… Gene would be very proud.”

Following the tour, Scottish Ballet’s second feature-length film will be released, also titled Starstruck.

Inspired by Gene Kelly’s iconic work in Hollywood, it will combine live performance capture with cinematic filming techniques, to create an immersive, theatrical experience that will allow audiences around the world to escape to the glamour and grace of Paris, 1960.

It will be released in partnership with Marquee TV, receiving its world premiere on November 26 l until December 5, with tickets on sale in October.

Audiences can also help bring the ballet to life through the ‘Fit for the Gods’ Costume Appeal, which is asking the public to donate to the creation of nearly 100 stunning new costumes.

After a year and a half without box office income, the company says the public support is vital to help them return to touring.


For more information and to book tickets visit the Scottish Ballet website.