Dramatico Puts on Stunning and diverse show for the Queen

Published on May 10th, 2011

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On 9th May last year Dramatico Entertainment co-produced, with English National Ballet, a stunning and diverse theatre performance for Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness The Duke Of Edinburgh and their guests which took place at Buckingham Palace.

Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh recognised the importance of young people in the Performing Arts in the United Kingdom, by holding a Reception at Buckingham Palace.

More than 450 guests, including Dame Helen Mirren and Michael McIntyre, arrived at the Grand Entrance, and were greeted by Her Majesty and His Royal Highness in the White Drawing Room before proceeding to the Ballroom for this theatre performance which was inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The performance featured distinguished artists sharing the stage with rising stars who are pursuing excellence in their chosen field. The performance presented a light-hearted exploration of Shakespeare’s story and feature mentor artists such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Anne Reid MBE, Bryony Hannah and Amy Robbins, in addition to rising stars such as actors Tamsin Egerton and Daniel Kaluuya, singers Rumer and Sara-Jane Skeete and dance groups Flawless and Alleviate.
The show was conceived by Justin Way (Royal Opera House), Mike Batt and Luc Mollinger, a young freelance associate director. Batt explains: “We were asked to produce a thirty minute entertainment in the Ballroom of the Palace as a focal point for the reception. We tried to be very inclusive, using organisations such as RSC, National Youth Music Theatre and others who promote young talent.”
Batt continues “We drew from Tchaikovsky (Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture), Prokofiev (Ballet) and Bernstein (West Side Story). The best applause of the night was for a performance of a new piece (written by DJ Ironik and myself) entitled Romeo’s Dream which was danced by Flawless and Alleviate, rapped by DJ Ironik and sung by Sara-Jane Skeete. It was nothing short of sensational. The show closed with a performance by Rumer, of the Taylor Swift song ‘Love Story’, and we were delighted to also work with a new young Symphony Orchestra, the Docklands Sinfonia.”
Representatives of many institutions and charities who support the performing arts industry in the United Kingdom were in attendance, including organisations with a long history of Royal patronage such as English National Ballet, Royal College of Dramatic Art and National Youth Music Theatre.
Batt reports that “after the performance The Queen said to me that she was very impressed with the diversity of the show, and the fact that we had managed to include so many styles and people from all walks of life”.

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