The Royal Ballet : casting for new season

Following on from last night’s news about the new Royal Ballet season, I can now expand on the casting for the beginning of the season. Great to see Akane Takada tackling Aurora with Steven McRae in October – that’s one to book !  The Rojo/Acosta partnership is completely absent from Manon casting. Melissa Hamilton gets a debut as the Sugar Plum Fairy with Sergei Polunin as her Prince in The Nutcracker.

Still, precious little for Carlos Acosta who won’t be reprising a role in Jewels (Rubies) or Manon, and in fact is scheduled to dance just 3 times (in Requeim) between September and February 2012.

Nehemiah Kish has plenty of work, with debuts in Jewels, Requiem, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.

If you’ve been worried about how The Royal Ballet will fare in the face of the Arts Council cuts to funding, part of the answer is to be found in the ticket prices for the new season.  A top priced seat for The Sleeping Beauty will set you back £117 (£94 for the matinee) & The Nutcracker £104 (matinee £83).  Amphitheatre top priced seats are £64 for both productions and £55 for Jewels, £51 for The Sleeping Beauty & The Nutcracker matinees.

Jewels

Tuesday 20th September (eve)

Rojo, Bonelli*, Benjamin, Kish*/Yanowsky, Lamb, McRae/Cojocaru, Pennefather

Thurs 22nd eve

Rojo, Bonelli, Benjamin, Kish/Yanowsky, Lamb, McRae/Cojocaru, Pennefather

Sat 24th (mat) 12.30pm

Marquez, Hristrov, Galeazzi, Gartside/McCulloch, Choe, Cervera/Nuñez, Soares

Thurs 29th eve

Marquez, Hristrov, Galeazzi, Gartside/McCulloch, Choe, Cervera/Nuñez, Soares

Fri 30th eve

Marquez, Hristrov, Galeazzi, Gartside/McCulloch, Choe, Cervera/Nuñez, Soares

Limen/Marguerite and Armand/Requiem

Sat 8 October 2pm (mat)

Benjamin, Lamb, Hamilton, Nuñez, Galeazzi, McRae, Underwood, Watson, Maloney, Kay/Rojo, Polunin*/Cuthbertson*, Hamilton*, Kish*, Bonelli, tbc

Sat 8 Oct (eve)

Benjamin, Lamb, Hamilton, Nuñez, Galeazzi, McRae, Underwood, Watson, Maloney, Kay/Rojo, Polunin/Benjamin, Nuñez, Pennefather, Acosta, Cervera

Wed 12th Oct (eve)

Benjamin, Lamb, Hamilton, Nuñez, Galeazzi, McRae, Underwood, Watson, Maloney, Kay/Yanowsky, Bonelli*/Benjamin, Nuñez, Pennefather, Acosta, Cervera

Fri 14th Oct (eve)

Benjamin, Lamb, Hamilton, Nuñez, Galeazzi, McRae, Underwood, Watson, Maloney, Kay/Yanowsky, Bonelli/Benjamin, Nuñez, Pennefather, Acosta, Cervera

Mon 17th (eve)

Benjamin, Lamb, Hamilton, Nuñez, Galeazzi, McRae, Underwood, Watson, Maloney, Kay/Rojo, Polunin*/Cuthbertson*, Hamilton*, Kish*, Bonelli, tbc

Thurs 20th (eve)

Benjamin, Lamb, Hamilton, Nuñez, Galeazzi, McRae, Underwood, Watson, Maloney, Kay/Rojo, Polunin*/Cuthbertson*, Hamilton*, Kish*, Bonelli, tbc

The Sleeping Beauty

Sat 22nd October 12 noon (mat)

Takada*, McRae  

Mon 24th (eve)

Nuñez, Soares

Fri 28th (eve)

Takada, McRae

Mon 31st (eve)

Rojo, Bonelli

Fri 11th Nov (eve)

Lamb, Pennefather

Sat 12th 12.30 (mat)

Rojo, Bonelli

Mon 14th (eve)

Marquez, McRae

Mon 21st (eve)

Nuñez, Soares

Tues 22nd (eve)

Rojo, Bonelli

Fri 25th (eve)

Cuthbertson, Polunin

Thurs 1st December (eve)

Kobayashi, Kish*

Thurs 8th December (eve)

Lamb, Pennefather

Sat 10th (eve)

Cuthbertson, Polunin

Thurs 15th (mat) 2pm

Lamb, Pennefather

Thurs 15th (eve)

Cuthbertson, Polunin

Sat 17th (mat) 12 noon

Nuñez, Soares

Wed 21st (mat) 1.30pm

Kobayashi, Kish

Wed 21st (eve)

Marquez, McRae

 

Manon

Thurs 3rd November (eve)

Lamb, Pennefather

Sat 5th (mat) 12.30

Nuñez, Kish

Tues 8th (eve)

Cuthbertson*, Polunin*

Wed 9th 2.30 (mat)

Marquez, McRae*

Wed 9th (eve)

Nuñez, Kish

Thurs 17th (eve)

Lamb, Pennefather

Sat 26th 2pm (mat)

Marquez, McRae

Sat 26th (eve)

Nuñez, Kish

The Nutcracker

Sat 3rd (eve)

Lamb, Soares

Mon 5th (eve)

Nuñez, Kish*

Wed 7th (eve)

Morera, Bonelli

Sun 11th (mat) 2pm

Kobayashi, Hristrov

Tues 13th (eve)

Nuñez, Kish

Sun 18th (mat) 2pm

Takada*, tbc

Tues 20 (mat) 12.30

Lamb, Soares

Fri 23rd (mat) 2pm

Hamilton*, Polunin

Fri 23rd (eve)

Morera, Bonelli

Sat 24th (mat) 12 noon

Kobayashi, Hristrov

Wed 28th 2pm (mat)

Hamilton, Polunin

Wed 28th (eve)

Cojocaru, Kobborg

Thurs 29th (eve)

Cuthbertson, Pennefather

Fri 30th (eve)

Lamb, Soares

Sat 31st (mat) 12.30

Cojocaru, Kobborg

Sat 31st (eve)

Cuthbertson, Pennefather

Mon 2nd Jan (mat) 12 noon

Nuñez, Kish

Tues 3rd (mat) 2pm

Marquez, McRae

Tues 3rd (eve)

Cojocaru, Kobborg

Sat 7th (mat) 2.30pm

Cuthbertson, Pennefather

Sat 7th (eve)

Choe, Polunin

Wed 11th (eve)

Choe, Polunin

Sat 14th (mat)

Choe, Polunin

Sat 14th (eve)

Marquez, McRae

Wed 18th (eve)

Marquez, McRae

*denotes a debut in the role

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3 Responses to “The Royal Ballet : casting for new season”

  1. May Says:

    Interesting casting combinations for the classics – am sure I’m not the only one questioning the absence of Carlos Acosta, of Tamara Rojo from Manon and The Nutcracker, and Johan Kobborg from most things except The Nutcracker……are they leaving and becoming just occasional guests?

  2. May Says:

    P.S. absence of Acosta from the full length works, I mean!

  3. anon Says:

    So pleased to see Melissa in this classical role, i’m sure her performance and elegance will be breathtaking to watch