Every English schoolchild knows how Edward II met his end: a red-hot poker up the bum. This would not, on the face of it, seem an ideal inspiration for a ballet. But David Bintley of the Birmingham Royal Ballet (formerly the Royal Ballet's London-based second company) clearly understood that a historical spectacle with sadistic overtones would pack 'em in. Bintley, once the Royal's up-through-the-ranks wunderkind, is known here for milder works (two of them staged during the company's September season at... More >>>