The Winter’s Tale

BUY TICKETS 7.15pm Wednesday 28 February

BALLET broadcast LIVE from the Royal Opera House

Shakespeare’s tale of love and loss becomes compelling dance drama in Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet adaptation, with music by Joby Talbot.

Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014. Building on the success of Alice’s Adventures in WonderlandThe Winter’s Tale received ecstatic praise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. It is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic.

The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet. Lauren Cuthbertson, Edward Watson, Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae take the roles of Hermione, Leontes, Perdita and Florizel.

Christopher Wheeldon’s new three-act version of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale is a triumph. It is contemporary and classical, traditional and modern, narrative and abstract. It feels like something entirely new … This is the first three-act ballet based on Shakespeare premiered at the Royal Ballet since Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet in 1965. In its own way, it might be just as significant.  Sarah Crompton, The Telegraph, April 2014

Tickets: Full £19   Adult concessions £17   18 & under £10
Running time: Approx. 3 hrs (inc two intervals)
Doors open: 6.45pm
Certificate: This screening is certified 12A As Live. Click here for more information.

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