ROYAL BALLET WORLD PREMIERE: THE WINTER’S TALE BY CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON

March 13, 2014

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ROYAL BALLET WORLD PREMIERE: THE WINTER’S TALE BY CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON

 

Christopher Wheeldon’s latest work for The Royal Ballet is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play The Winter’s Tale. Opening on Thursday 10 April, the ballet will also be screened live into cinemas around the world on Monday 28 April including more than 400 screens in the UK alone.

The Winter’s Tale is the first full length adaptation of a Shakespeare play by The Royal Ballet since Kenneth MacMillan’s 1965 production of Romeo and Juliet. Its creation coincides with the 450th anniversary celebrations of Shakespeare’s birth in 1564 and particularly significant is the performance on the 23 April, Shakespeare’s actual birthday.

The Winter’s Tale is a story of seemingly hopeless love and all-consuming jealousy that contrasts episodes of light and dark, tragedy and comedy.  But it is the forgiveness and reconciliation that provide the memorable climax. This full Company ballet is led by Principal Dancers Edward Watson and Lauren Cuthbertson as Leontes and Hermione, Steven McRae and Sarah Lamb as Florizel and Perdita and Federico Bonelli and Zenaida Yanowksy as Polixenes and PaulinaMarianela Nunez and Thiago Soares lead the second cast as Leontes and Hermione.

Christopher Wheeldon is Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet. The Winter’s Tale is his seventh work and his second full length ballet for the Company following the hugely popular Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland which premiered in 2011.  For The Winter’s Tale Wheeldon continues his successful collaboration with the creative team behind Alice with designs and costume by Bob Crowley, score by Joby Talbot and lighting design by Natasha Katz. David Briskin Music Director and Principal Conductor with the National Ballet of Canada will conduct.  The Winter’s Tale is a co-production with the National Ballet of Canada.

 

The Winter’s Tale

Thursday 10 April – Thursday 8 May, Royal Opera House

Evening Performances at 7.30pm:

Thursday 10, Saturday 12, Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16, Wednesday 23, Monday 28†, Tuesday 29 April, Thursday 8 May

†Live cinema Screening

Matinee Performances:

Tuesday 22, Saturday 26 April at 12 noon

 

Box Office:

0207 304 4000

Book tickets online

 

Creative Team:

Choreography                                     Christopher Wheeldon

Music                                                   Joby Talbot

Designs                                                Bob Crowley

Lighting Design                                  Natasha Katz

Silk Effect Designer                            Basil Twist

Conductor                                           David Briskin

 

Casting:

10 / 15 / 23 / 28 April 1 and 8 May at 7.30pm 

Hermione                                           Lauren Cuthbertson

Leontes                                               Edward Watson

Perdita                                                Sarah Lamb

Florizel                                               Steven McRae

Paulina                                               Zenaida Yanowsky

Polixenes                                            Federico Bonelli

 

Casting:

12 / 16 / 29 April and 8 May at 7.30pm 

22 / 26 April at 12pm noon

Hermione                                           Marianela Nunez

Leontes                                               Thiago Soares

Perdita                                                Beatriz Stix-Brunell

Florizel                                               Vadim Montagirov

Paulina                                              Laura Morera

Polixenes                                            Valeri Hristov

 

Generous philanthropic support from The Monument Trust, Mrs Susan A Olde OBE, Celia Blakey, Richard and Delia Baker, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson, and The Winter’s Tale Production Syndicate.

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One Response to “ROYAL BALLET WORLD PREMIERE: THE WINTER’S TALE BY CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON”

  1. Ballet News Says:

    Hilary van Herk commented : But not in Canada – BOOO!!!