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 Paulina. Marianela 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
Tuesday 22, Saturday 26 April at 12 noon
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Choreography Christopher Wheeldon
Music Joby Talbot
Designs Bob Crowley
Lighting Design Natasha Katz
Silk Effect Designer Basil Twist
Conductor David Briskin
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
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.