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Ballet and Dance 2014/15

Details of The Royal Ballet's 2014/15 Season have been announced.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

31 March 2014 at 9.45am | 52 Comments

Autumn Season

Deloitte Ignite 2014
Free opening festival curated by The Royal Ballet and Minna Moore Ede.

Throughout September

 

BalletBoyz theTALENT (Linbury Studio Theatre)

Former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt and their award-winning troupe come to the Linbury Studio Theatre for the first time, with an all-new programme.

16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 September at 7.45pm

 

Manon
By Kenneth MacMillan
Music: Jules Massenet, orchestrated by Martin Yates

Kenneth MacMillan's acclaimed tragic ballet is a modern masterpiece.

26 September at 7.30pm; 27 September at 12.30pm; 30 September at 1pm
1 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 13 | 15 | 16† | 25 | 29 October at 7.30pm; 4 October at 2pm and 7pm; 5 October at 12 noon; 11 October at 12.30pm
1 November at 7pm

Live cinema relay

 

Scènes de ballet / Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan / Symphonic Variations / A Month in the Country
By Frederick Ashton
Music: Igor Stravinsky / Johannes Brahms / Cèsar Franck / Fryderyk Chopin

The Royal Ballet celebrates its Founder Choreographer, Frederick Ashton, with a mixed programme of some of his finest works.

18 October at 7pm; 22 | 28 October at 7.30pm
4 | 5 | 11 | 12 November at 7.30pm

 

Ceremony of Innocence / The Age of Anxiety / Aeternum
By Kim Brandstrup / NEW Liam Scarlett / Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Benjamin Britten / Leonard Bernstein / Benjamin Britten

A Scarlett world premiere and two recent works by Brandstrup and Wheeldon: contemporary ballet at its finest.

7 | 13 | 14 | 17 November at 7.30pm; 8 November at 2pm and 7pm

 

Cassandra NEW (Linbury Studio Theatre)
By Ludovic Ondiviela
Music: Ana Silvera

Choreographer Ludovic Ondiviela and singer songwriter Ana Silvera present a poignant exploration of what it is to be called mad.

30 | 31 October at 7.45pm
1 November at 2pm

 

Mapping / Document / Christopher Bruce (Linbury Studio Theatre)
By Darshan Singh Bhuller / Ivgi & Greben / NEW Christopher Bruce
Phoenix Dance Theatre

Phoenix Dance Theatre presents a mixed programme including a Christopher Bruce premiere and works by Darshan Singh Bhuller and the choreographic duo Ivgi & Grebem.

25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 November at 7.45pm

 

Don Quixote
By Carlos Acosta after Marius Petipa
Music: Ludwig Minkus, arranged and orchestrated by Martin Yates

Carlos Acosta's exuberant production of this classic tale of friendship, love and loyalty is bursting with joie de vivre.

25 | 27 | 28 November at 7.30pm
12 | 15 December at 7.30pm; 20 December at 1.30pm and 7pm; 29 December at 7pm; 30 December at 12.30pm
3 January at 1.30pm and 7pm; 5 | 7 | 8 | 14 | 19 | 21 | 22 January at 7.30pm

 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
By Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Joby Talbot, orchestrated by Christopher Austin and Joby Talbot

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon’s thrillingly entertaining ballet.

6 December at 1.30pm (Welcome Performance) and 7pm; 10 | 16† December at 7.30pm; 19 December at 2pm and 7.30pm; 22 December at 12.30pm; 23 December at 1.30pm and 7pm; 24 December at 12 noon; 27 December at 1.30pm and 7pm; 31 December at 12 noon and 5pm
10 January at 7pm; 12 | 15 | 16 January at 7.30pm

Live cinema relay

 

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party NEW (Linbury Studio Theatre)
ZooNation

ZooNation burst onto the stage with their family Christmas show, a wonderfully wacky take on the madcap characters of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Previews: 6 December at 12.30pm and 5pm; 8 December at 7pm

9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 December at 7pm; 13 | 20 | 22 | 23 | 27 December at 12.30pm and 5pm; 24 | 31 December at 12.30pm; 28 December at 2pm; 29 | 30 December at 5pm
2 | 3 January at 12.30pm and 5pm

 

Winter Season

Onegin
By John Cranko
Music: Kurt-Heinz Stolze after Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

John Cranko’s adaptation of Pushkin’s verse-novel, set to music by Tchaikovsky, trembles with emotional charge.

24 January at 2pm and 7pm; 27 | 28 | 30 January at 7.30pm; 31 January at 12.30pm
2 | 4 February at 7.30pm; 7 February at 12.30pm; 11 February at 2.30pm and 7.30pm; 16 | 18 February at 7.30pm; 27 February at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

 

Swan Lake
By Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, additional choreography by Frederick Ashton and David Bintley
Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

Anthony Dowell's production of the greatest romantic ballet draws upon the opulence of 1890s Russia.

10 | 13 February at 7.30pm; 14 February at 7pm; 19 February at 2pm and 7.30pm; 21 February at 1.30pm and 7pm
13 | 16 | 17† | 18 | 19 | 25 | 26 March at 7.30pm; 14 March at 12.30pm; 21 March at 1.30pm and 7pm
2 | 7 | 9 April at 7.30pm

Live cinema relay

 

London International Mime Festival (Linbury Studio Theatre)

The acclaimed annual festival returns to the Linbury Studio Theatre.

TBC January

 

Murmur / Inked  (Linbury Studio Theatre)
By Aakash Odedra

Aakash Odedra dances an exhilarating mixed programme, created in collaboration with choreographers Lewis Major and Damien Jalet.

23 | 24 January at 7.45pm

 

Draft Works (Linbury Studio Theatre)
By The Royal Ballet

Dancers from within the ranks of The Royal Ballet create and perform experimental new works.

24 | 26 February at 7.45pm

 

Ballet Black (Linbury Studio Theatre)

The award-winning company presents a dynamic mixed programme from leading choreographers.

10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 February at 7.45pm

 

Spring Season

Bayadère – The Ninth Life (Linbury Studio Theatre)
By Shobana Jeyasingh
Music: Gabriel Prokofiev

In a new Royal Opera House commission Shobana Jeyasingh reimagines Marius Petipa's India-set classical ballet La Bayadère.

25 | 26 | 27 | 28 March at 7.45pm

 

The Four Temperaments / Hofesh Shechter / Song of the Earth
By George Balanchine / NEW Hofesh Shechter / Kenneth MacMillan
Music: Paul Hindemith / TBC / Gustav Mahler

Masterpieces by Balanchine and MacMillan frame a world premiere from Hofesh Shechter in The Royal Ballet's thrilling mixed programme.

27 | 30 March at 7.30pm
8 | 10 | 14 April at 7.30pm

 

La Fille mal gardèe
By Frederick Ashton
Music: Ferdinand Hérold, arranged and orchestrated by John Lanchbery

Frederick Ashton's joyful ballet contains some of his most brilliant choreography.

16 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 28 | 29 April at 7.30pm; 26 April at 3pm
2 May at 2pm and 7pm; 5† May at 7.30pm

Live cinema relay

 

Summer Season

Woolf Works NEW
By Wayne McGregor
Music: Max Richter

Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor presents his first full-length ballet for the Company.

11 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 20 | 21 | 26 May at 7.30pm; 23 May at 12 noon

 

Afternoon of a Faun / In the Night / Song of the Earth
By Jerome Robbins / Kenneth MacMillan
Music: Claude Debussy / Fryderyk Chopin / Gustav Mahler

The Royal Ballet's mixed programme brings together two of Jerome Robbins's masterpieces with MacMillan's powerful depiction of love and loss.

29 May at 7.30pm; 30 May at 12.30pm
1 | 4 June at 7.30pm

Welcome Performance for Families on 29 May at 1.30pm

 

The Architect / mixed programme (Linbury Studio Theatre)
By Kenneth Tindall / NEW TBC
Northern Ballet

One of the UK's leading touring companies visits the Linbury Studio Theatre with a mixed programme.

The Elves and the Shoemaker
By Daniel de Andrade
Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet presents new children's ballet from its award-winning series Short Ballets for Small People.

TBC May

 

Springboard (Linbury Studio Theatre)

Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance; Verve; Ballet Central; Dutch National Ballet

1 | 2 | 3 | 5 | 6 June at 7.45pm

 

The Royal Ballet School Summer Performances

12 July at 12 noon (main stage) | TBC July (Linbury Studio Theatre)

This article has 52 comments

  1. Sheila Cross responded on 31 March 2014 at 10:27am Reply

    Some fantastic mixed bills with some sublime Ashton and Robbins. More Balanchine would be welcome but 4Ts is a tremendous ballet. And Onegin and Manon offer dancers the opportunity for fascinating roles.

  2. Nicolas responded on 31 March 2014 at 11:01am Reply

    It's a great ballet, but are there really performances of Song of the Earth in two different programmes?

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 31 March 2014 at 11:05am

      Hi Nicholas

      It is indeed in two different Mixed Programmes.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  3. Emily responded on 31 March 2014 at 11:15am Reply

    What an exciting line up! Think I might just have to come and see everything...! Especially looking forward to Manon though.

  4. Anne Battye responded on 31 March 2014 at 12:10pm Reply

    Lovely Ashton mixed programme, shame there is no matinee or cinema link for us 'provincials'.

  5. K.R. Hosein responded on 31 March 2014 at 12:21pm Reply

    Hiya, just wondering, when will you guys begin to post the tentative cast listings? I know that they can change nearer to show time based on injuries and whatnot, but just for a general idea :)

    Kind Regards,
    K.R. Hosein

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 31 March 2014 at 12:27pm

      Hi,

      They'll be posted closer to the time when casting is organized.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  6. Karen responded on 31 March 2014 at 12:41pm Reply

    Looking forward to this (note to self get second job to pay for all of it!).

    Good to see fille mal gardee after such a while. Hope casting offers some interesting opportunities for debuts.....

  7. So is Brandstrup's Ceremony of Innocence a reference to The Turn of the Screw?

  8. Steve Springford responded on 31 March 2014 at 1:42pm Reply

    What a wonderful prospect this next season is going to be with some truly terrific ballets and some great casting opportunities. Manon. Onegin, Fille and Swan Lake all in one year quite apart from some super Mixed Bills!!!! Well Done Mr O'Hare!!!

  9. David responded on 31 March 2014 at 2:54pm Reply

    Delighted to see Krol Roger in the schedule - have been looking forward to this - but please, where is Samson et Dalila? I thought this had been tipped for this season?

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 31 March 2014 at 3:42pm

      Dear David

      Not all the Season rumours that you hear are true (although many of them are)...

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  10. Marian Westlake responded on 1 April 2014 at 10:09pm Reply

    What a wonderful season. Will be so wonderful to see Symphonic Variations after such a long time. Bravo.

  11. Gail Brevitt responded on 2 April 2014 at 10:39am Reply

    I am delighted to see the content of Ballet for the next season. However ...
    I live in Spain, where even some of the top referees and critics in dance, don't seem to be able to keep away from an over-critical attitude when it comes to anything outside their own (sometimes limited) boundaries of dominion and perception, and I have just seen the author of quite a famous book on Ballet in Spain (and so revered by many Spanish balletomanes), pronounce an "uninteresting" tag on the content, having posted the link to her "wall" ... On asking her the reason for this opinion, she replied to me that for some seasons now, the Royal Ballet/Opera House, have been attentive to the box office and have decided their programmes on the priorities of ticket sales, choosing 3 act full length ballets which have been seen over and over again instead of refreshing ...
    I don't know how to defend Royal Ballet and Opera House against this perhaps biased opinion, (except by pointing out that there are novelties in this new programme), and thus ask for some inside views to be able to comment back to this person. I feel quite indignant that these supposed "experts" and "critics" can influence Spanish opinion in this way, when possibly their "opinions" hjave more to do with personal feelings or interests.
    Thankyou in anticipation, Gail.

  12. Debbie Turner responded on 2 April 2014 at 9:02pm Reply

    I think Kevin O'Hare is doing a great job of programming traditional and new works. I travel from South Africa to see the RB and it seems that I'll need to work harder to pay for additional visits with this exciting programme lineup.

  13. Tania Edwards responded on 4 April 2014 at 2:21pm Reply

    Will The Royal Ballet ever bring back The Two Pigeons? It hasn't been performed for nearly 30 years. Thank goodness BRB still performs it, otherwise it would be another lost Ashton ballet.

    • I agree The Two Pigeons is one of my favourites - last seen at the ROH in the mid-eighties I think? I remember Collier and Jefferies and also Ellis and Eagling - when poor Wendy Ellis broke both wrists on stage! Beautiful beautiful ballet!

  14. A lovely season - great to see Manon again and La Fille Mal Gardee and some great live cinema links. My particular favourite is Onegin - what a shame that is not being shown in cinemas too - is this for legal reasons? One ballet that should be available on DVD in my opinion!

  15. Li Yan responded on 10 April 2014 at 12:36pm Reply

    Expected Fille back on its usual biennial rotation, but completely spoilt by both Month in the Country and Onegin (in which I can't wait to see the much underated Laura Morera).

    Secretly delighted as well by the Nutcracker's quiet exit...

  16. I am looking forward to Manon and Onegin and hopefully La Fille mal gardee at ROH and Swan Lake and Alice in the cinema. I too would love to have a DVD of Onegin which is one of my favourite ballets.

  17. K.R. Hosein responded on 26 April 2014 at 3:15am Reply

    Hi,

    I was wondering if you would be able to tell me when the remaining cast (Red Queen, White Rabbit and Mad Hatter) for each Alice performance would be announced?

    Also, might there be any guest principals for the Swan Lake performances? Just giving a little nudge here (maybe someone can speak to someone to make it happen? :D) but Gillian Murphy makes for a killer Swan Queen and I think it'd be awesome if there was a spot for her to be the one to take it if she could and you guys wanted it, I know I do, aha!

    Thanks and kind regards,

    K.R. Hosein

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 29 April 2014 at 2:54pm

      Hi there

      Further casting details for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland will not be announced until much closer to the performance.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  18. Rachel L responded on 26 May 2014 at 6:50pm Reply

    Hello,

    Quick question--since The Nutcracker will not be performed this winter (2014), will it return next season?

    Thanks!

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 27 May 2014 at 10:11am

      Hi Rachel,

      We'll be confirming details for the 2015/16 Season in the first few months of 2015, so won't have details until then.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  19. Joseph Maguire responded on 1 June 2014 at 3:19pm Reply

    Are there any detail about ballet in July, 2015? And the next month.

  20. Selene Ferreira de Moraes responded on 5 June 2014 at 9:15pm Reply

    We are from Brazil, and my sister wants to attend the ballet Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, as a celebration of her 15th aniversary. Is it possible for stranger to buy the tickets in the site?

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 6 June 2014 at 11:01am

      Hi Selene,

      Yes - General booking for Alice opens on 15 July 2014.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  21. Nancy responded on 25 June 2014 at 1:59am Reply

    Is the Royal Ballet coming to the US any time soon? Alternately, is any of the live streaming of performances accessible from the US? Thank you.

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 25 June 2014 at 10:35am

      Hi Nancy,

      We're currently in negotiations over US cinemas with the distributor, so do check back for further information in due course.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  22. Marian Howell responded on 25 June 2014 at 9:21pm Reply

    Hoped that A Winter's Tale would be in 2014/15 season as I missed the premiere performances. Any chance of it being included for 2015/16, with at least one matinee for those of us who live far from London?

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 27 June 2014 at 1:28pm

      Dear Marian

      Our 2015/16 will be revealed in spring 2015.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  23. Jacqui responded on 26 June 2014 at 8:02am Reply

    Is there any chance that Don Quixote will be a cinema link up?

  24. Jacqueline Tompkins responded on 26 June 2014 at 9:32pm Reply

    When is Lacostas final new ballet to be seen?

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 27 June 2014 at 11:11am

      Dear Jacqueline

      We have yet to have any details confirmed - we will announce on the website when we have any news.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  25. Yvonne responded on 3 July 2014 at 10:43pm Reply

    Dear ROH-team,
    could you please explain to me what "live cinema relay" means at "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"?
    And since I would travel from Germany and need to book a flight: when is the ticket sale expected to begin?
    Thank you very much for your answer.
    Kind regards
    Yvonne

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 7 July 2014 at 2:27pm

      Hi Yvonne,

      As well as being performed at Covent Garden, on 16 December 2014, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland will be filmed and relayed live to cinemas around the world.

      Booking is now open for cinema relays at the individual cinemas, with General booking open for Covent Garden performances on 15 July 2014.

      You can see details of where the relay will be screened at http://www.roh.org.uk/showings/alices-adventures-in-wonderland-live-2014

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  26. Anita Drujon responded on 8 July 2014 at 3:18am Reply

    It was stunning to see a ballet in this way! I never would have believed it unless I had. Please keep as much available to us in Gainesville FL, USA. It is much appreciated and loved, in my case. And please keep me informed as to what and when and how I may have advance notice of productions being released. Thank you much, Anita

  27. pierartu responded on 15 July 2014 at 10:23pm Reply

    I can't find cinemas in Italy for the next season. I live in the north of Italy and the next year I went in Lugagnano di Sona Verona.

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 15 July 2014 at 10:26pm

      It is likely that they have not been confirmed yet. I would suggest checking back in September.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  28. Kadeem Hosein responded on 18 July 2014 at 4:41pm Reply

    Hi, when will you know if there will be a guest company over July/August 2015 (such as the Bolshoi 2013 and Mariinsky 2014)?

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 18 July 2014 at 5:38pm

      Dear Kadeem

      We're not sure, but we will share details when confirmed. It won't be any earlier than the spring.

      Best

      Ellen

  29. Denise responded on 27 July 2014 at 1:46pm Reply

    Are there any tours scheduled to Australia or Asia in the coming year?

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 28 July 2014 at 10:16am

      Hi Denise,

      No tours are currently scheduled, but this may change in future. Do keep an eye out for future Season announcements.

      Thanks

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  30. Peter Navarre responded on 2 August 2014 at 4:18pm Reply

    Is the Nutcracker on the schedule this season?

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 2 August 2014 at 7:46pm

      Dear Peter

      We are resting The Nutcracker this Season - our Christmas shows are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Don Quixote and The Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

      I don't doubt that Nutcracker will return soon.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  31. Fiona Jeyes responded on 10 August 2014 at 4:54pm Reply

    Do you have a date for Romeo and Juliet in your planning?

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 10 August 2014 at 8:37pm

      Dear Fiona

      We don't have Romeo and Juliet scheduled for 2014/15. Our 2015/16 Season will be announced in the spring, but there is no indication as yet when the ballet will next be performed.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  32. Jane Brown responded on 24 September 2014 at 8:13pm Reply

    I was blown away by The Winter's Tale last season and have recommended so many friends to see it. Any idea when it might next be staged again, please?

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 24 September 2014 at 10:00pm

      Dear Jane

      Glad you enjoyed it! Afraid that The Winter's Tale isn't in 2014/15 Season. Our 2015/16 Season will be announced next spring.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

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