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Alexander Campbell, Solomon Golding, Matthew Ball and Nicol Edmonds in Connectome, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Natalia Osipova in Connectome © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Sarah Lamb and Artists of the Royal Ballet in Connectome, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Natalia Osipova in Connectome © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in Connectome © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Natalia Osipova in Connectome © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Bennet Gartside as Bottom and Roberta Marquez as Titania in The Dream, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson

Steven McRae as Oberon in The Dream, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson

Matthew Golding as Oberon and Valentino Zucchetti as Puck in The Dream, The Royal Ballet, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Roberta Marquez as Titania, Steven McRae as Oberon and Enrique Ngbokota as Changeling Indian Boy in The Dream, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson

Valentino Zucchetti as Puck in The Dream, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson

Artists of the Royal Ballet in The Dream, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson

Natalia Osipova as Titania and Matthew Golding as Oberon in The Dream, The Royal Ballet, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Steven McRae as Oberon in The Dream, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson

Valentino Zucchetti as Puck in The Dream, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson

Jonathan Howells as Bottom in The Dream, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson

Laura Morera as The Wife and Bennet Gartside as The Husband in The Concert, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Olivia Cowley in The Concert, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Bennet Gartside as The Husband in The Concert, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Beatriz Stix-Brunell, Olivia Cowley, Romany Pajdak and Artists of The Royal Ballet in The Concert, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Robert Clark as the pianist, Lauren Cuthbertson as The Ballerina and Kristen McNally as the Angry Lady in The Concert, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

The Dream / Connectome / The Concert

A world premiere and two comic masterpieces make this a delightful evening of exuberant humour and flights of fancy.

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Background

This Royal Ballet mixed programme opens with a classic by Frederick Ashton, based on Mendelssohn’s delicate score and the plot of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream. In a magical nocturnal world, Oberon and Titania play games with unwitting mortals, while the mischievous Puck intensifies love’s comic confusions. The ballet’s fleet footwork and gentle humour show Ashton at his brilliant best.

A new work for The Royal Ballet by Alastair Marriott is at the heart of the evening. Following last year’s successful ‘Trespass’ – with Christopher Wheeldon as part of Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 – Marriott’s fifth work for the Company on the main stage is an exciting collaboration with acclaimed designer Es Devlin and lighting designer Bruno Poet.

The programme ends in superb style with The Concert. This humorous, beautifully crafted ballet by Jerome Robbins is a superbly witty spoof of a classical music concert. As a pianist performs Chopin, the audience allow their minds to wander and their resulting fantasies take flight.