"Brilliant... so out there that it's wonderful": Sharon Osbourne delivers her verdict on Black Sabbath – The Ballet

Sharon Osbourne at Black Sabbath ballet
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"Left-field... brilliant... wonderful."

Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy's wife and longtime manager, has shared her views on the Birmingham Royal Ballet's production of Black Sabbath – The Ballet, and it's safe to say that she's a fan of the audacious, acclaimed production. 

In a new video shared by the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Osbourne says: "When I first heard that Birmingham Royal Ballet was putting on a ballet to Black Sabbath music, I just thought, this is so left field. It's so not expected. Who would have ever thought the combination? And I just thought, brilliant. This is just so out there that it's wonderful."

Osbourne was present for the show's premiere at the Hippodrome theatre in Birmingham on September 23. Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler were also in attendance, as was former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant.

Iommi not only watched the show, but during the production's final number, which featured hallmark Sabbath anthem Paranoid, the guitarist appeared onstage to play live guitar on the song. 

"Thanks to everyone who supported us at the Ballet, we had a great premiere last night," Iommi said on social media following the show. "I'm honoured to be involved with these talented dancers." 

Watch Sharon Osbourne talk about the production below:

Earlier this year, Tony Iommi explained to Birmingham World that the arrival of rhe Black Sabbath ballet has helped him see his band's music in a whole new light.

"I'm looking at our music differently now with this, because it is being interpreted in a different way," he said. "It's still got the basic things, but then it did have in the different orchestral things coming in. And then I never thought for a minute we would have people dancing to Black Sabbath and War Pigs and Iron Man. But here we are, you know."

Black Sabbath - The Ballet runs at Theatre Royal Plymouth October 12 - 14 and Sadler's Wells in London from October 18 - October 21. 

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.