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, Ryoichi Hirano, Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov take the roles of Hermione, Leontes, Perdita and Florizel.

Watching the opening night of this new run on Tuesday, I was repeatedly struck by one of the great secrets of its success. It isn’t just that its steps are so carefully driven by character and by Wheeldon’s keen eye for drama: it’s that they look by turns such fun and so satisfying to dance (often both at once), and the Royal Ballet’s apparent enthusiasm for the piece always effervesces from the stage … it’s hard to imagine how Wheeldon could have told this involved story with greater clarity, or indeed brought it to a more finely judged and stirring close. A treat, then, and a tale that should lift anyone’s winter, ballet devotees and doubters alike.  Mark Monahan, The Telegraph

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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