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Ballet and Dance at the Royal Opera House 2017/18

Details of The Royal Ballet’s 2017/18 Season have been announced.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

5 April 2017 at 9.33am | 56 Comments

Details of The Royal Ballet's 2017/18 Season have been announced. The full production list is as follows:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
27 September—28 October 2017

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Joby Talbot
Cast TBC

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon’s exuberant ballet, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s much-loved book.

 

Jeux (part of MacMillan: A National Celebration)
18–24 October 2017 (Clore Studio Upstairs)

Choreography: Wayne Eagling after Kenneth MacMillan and Vaslav Nijinsky
Music: Claude Debussy
Cast TBC

As part of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration, The Royal Ballet dances Wayne Eagling’s short ballet inspired by MacMillan’s re-creation of Nijinsky’s lost Debussy work.

 

Concerto / Le Baiser de la fée / Elite Syncopations (part of MacMillan: A National Celebration)
18–19 October 2017

Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan
Music: Dmitry Shostakovich / Igor Stravinsky / Scott Joplin
Performed by: The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet
Cast TBC

Dancers from the UK’s five leading ballet companies perform two of MacMillan’s sunniest works alongside a new production of his dark, classical fairytale, as part of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration.

 

The Judas Tree / Song of the Earth (part of MacMillan: A National Celebration)
24 October—1 November 2017

Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan
Music: Gustav Mahler / Brian Elias
Performed by: The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet
Cast TBC

The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet present two of Kenneth MacMillan’s most complex and important works, in the second programme of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration.

 

Sea of Troubles (part of MacMillan: A National Celebration)
26 October—1 November 2017 (Clore Studio Upstairs)

Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan
Music: Anton Webern and Bohuslav Martinů
Cast TBC

As part of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration, Yorke Dance Project performs Kenneth MacMillan’s powerful short ballet inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

 

Gloria / The Judas Tree / Elite Syncopations (part of MacMillan: A National Celebration)
26–27 October 2017

Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan
Music: Francis Poulenc / Brian Elias / Scott Joplin
Performed by: The Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet
Cast TBC

Leading UK dance companies perform three ballets that show the range and versatility of MacMillan’s muse, in the third and final programme of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration.

 

The Illustrated 'Farewell' NEW / The Wind NEW / Untouchable 2x WORLD PREMIERES
6–17 November 2017

Choreography: Twyla Tharp / Arthur Pita / Hofesh Shechter
Music: Joseph Haydn / Frank Moon and Christopher Austin / Hofesh Shechter and Nell Catchpole
Cast TBC

Twyla Tharp and Arthur Pita create new works for The Royal Ballet, in a programme that includes the first revival of Hofesh Shechter’s 2015 work for the Company.

 

Sylvia
23 November—16 December 2017

Choreography: Frederick Ashton
Music: Léo Delibes
Cast TBC

Frederick Ashton’s delightful full-length classical ballet is a charming feast for the senses, set to Delibes’ marvellous score.

 

The Nutcracker
5 December 2017—10 January 2018

Choreography: Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov
Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Cast TBC

A young girl’s enchanted present leads her on a wonderful Christmas adventure in this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score.

 

Giselle
19 January—9 March 2018

Choreography: Marius Petipa after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot
Music: Adolphe Adam revised by Lars Paine
Cast TBC

The greatest of all Romantic ballets, Peter Wright’s production of Marius Petipa’s classic is a tale of betrayal, the supernatural and love that transcends death.

 

The Winter's Tale
13 February—21 March 2018

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Joby Talbot
Cast TBC

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

 

NEW Wayne McGregor / The Age of Anxiety / NEW Christopher Wheeldon 2x WORLD PREMIERES
15 March—9 April 2018

Choreography: Wayne McGregor / Liam Scarlett / Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Leonard Bernstein
Cast TBC

The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with an all-Bernstein programme from the Company’s three associate choreographers, Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon.

 

Manon
29 March—16 May 2018

Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan
Music: Jules Massenet
Cast TBC

Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece of modern ballet is revived this Season as part of continuing celebrations of MacMillan’s profound impact on British ballet, to mark the 25th anniversary of his death.

 

Obsidian Tear / Marguerite and Armand / Elite Syncopations
14 April—11 May 2018

Choreography: Wayne McGregor / Frederick Ashton / Kenneth MacMillan
Music: Esa-Pekka Salonen / Franz Liszt / Scott Joplin
Performed by: The Royal Ballet
Cast TBC

Characteristic works from three of The Royal Ballet’s Resident Choreographers – Wayne McGregor, Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan – display the diversity of The Royal Ballet and its virtuoso dancers.

 

Swan Lake NEW PRODUCTION
17 May—21 June 2018

Choreography: Liam Scarlett after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Cast TBC

The Royal Ballet presents a new production of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent classical ballet, with additional choreography by Liam Scarlett and designs by John Macfarlane.

 

The Royal Ballet School Summer Performance 2018
8 July 2018

This summer showcase offers a chance to see the depth and breadth of talent emerging from The Royal Ballet School.

What are you most looking forward to in the 2017/18 Season?
Let us know in the comments below or using the #ROH201718 hashtag on Twitter.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

5 April 2017 at 9.33am

This article has been categorised Ballet, Dance and tagged 2017-18, 2017/18, 2017/18 Season, announcement, Ballet, booking announcement, Covent Garden, Dance, London, new season, Royal Ballet, season announcement

This article has 56 comments

  1. Sue Middleton responded on 5 April 2017 at 10:28am Reply

    Manon. Will it be screened to Vue cinemas please?

    • Asher Korner (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 5 April 2017 at 10:44am

      Dear Sue,

      We have just announced our Live Cinema Season for 2017/18, and yes Manon will be screened on the 3rd May 2018.

      To search for your nearest screening, please follow this link: http://www.roh.org.uk/showings/manon-live-2018

      Let me know if you have any issues!

      Kind regards,

      Asher Korner
      Interim Assistant Content Producer

    • Pauline Craft responded on 16 June 2017 at 2:45pm

      Very frustrated as the casting has not yet been announced. I am finding it impossible to plan my bookings for the season not knowing who is dancing.

  2. Angela H responded on 5 April 2017 at 10:30am Reply

    What a great programme we have in store for 2017/18. Delighted to see the return of firm favourites, Manon, Winter's Tale, Nutcracker. Also thrilled to see there will be new Liam Scarlett choreography of Swan Lake. Will be good to Sylvia and the return of Concerto. Looking forward to seeing many of these productions.

  3. Great to see Sylvia on the list but a shame to see so many returns - Alice, Giselle, Winter, Manon, Nutcracker - all done within the past three years or less. Royal has so much rep to pull from that's lesser seen - Bayadere, Coppelia, Cinderella, the list goes on. When will we see some of these?

    • Margaret Lavender responded on 27 May 2017 at 3:31am

      I totally agree. I'm 78, so my ballet-going years and taking classes (for enjoyment) were the 1960s and 1970s, and I LONG to see the ballets done in those yrs. What about the wonderful Month in the Country?
      And why do the BBC keep under wraps, and never show it? Along with Concerto, Elite Syncopations, which I am so delighted to see will be shown 2017/18. Plus I want Monotones, the ONLY modern ballet I love. I hate all other modern ballets and am devastated that triple mixed bills ALWAYS include modern. I've only just today known about this site, and have swiftly booked my cinema seat for the truly wonderful Symphonic Variations. But why is Monotones never shown?

    • Rachel Beaumont (Product Manager) responded on 30 May 2017 at 11:24am

      Hi Margaret,

      Glad to hear you like Ashton's Monotones. You can see an excerpt of the ballet here.

      All best,
      Rachel

  4. Matthew responded on 5 April 2017 at 10:44am Reply

    Some good ones - Alice, Judas Tree, Song of the Earth, Sylvia, Giselle and new Swan Lake. Sad not to see more Balanchine in there, been longing for Symphony in C, also was hoping for the revival of Don Quixote and La Bayadere - maybe next year.

  5. Charles responded on 5 April 2017 at 10:45am Reply

    Sounds really good. Am delighted about national and regional companies coming together.

    Any chance we could alternate Cinderella with Nutcracker next year? I do miss the Ashton ballet.

    Hope they record all the Macmillan and release them.

  6. Graeme Williams responded on 5 April 2017 at 11:52am Reply

    Did I see Elite Syncopations on the bill? Oh yes...... there.....and there....and THERE? Oh!
    At least we have Manon back.

  7. Vicky Hurst responded on 5 April 2017 at 12:31pm Reply

    Nutcracker again!!! Isn't is about time we have a different ballet at Christmas - Ashton's Cinderella hasn't been revived for ages and is long overdue. Also Giselle was only last on in 2015 and as has been stated above there are many more ballets in the rep that haven't been seen for a while - La Bayadere, Onegin, Don Quixote for starters. Good to see Manon though and the other MacMillan ballets - shame there can't be more performances of them though.

  8. Fiona Reed responded on 5 April 2017 at 1:08pm Reply

    Good varied programme. Looking forward to seeing the new version of Swan Lake and always love seeing Giselle. Manon too is a good choice, I haven't seen this for years so looking forward to that too. Plus some new ballets as well. Looks like a good season ahead and plenty of variation in the cinema screenings too. Living in Northumberland I don't get down to London for live performances very often - I would like to get down for more - so to see them in my local cinema is a bonus. Keep up the good work.

  9. Bill Worley responded on 5 April 2017 at 3:36pm Reply

    At least this is more interesting than the opera programme

  10. Lola responded on 5 April 2017 at 3:43pm Reply

    I like your election. Very good programme.

  11. Valerie Knight responded on 5 April 2017 at 4:48pm Reply

    I was so hoping for Onegin! Giselle has always been a favourite of mine but it has been on several times lately. Still there are other favourites of mine to choose from.

  12. Alice Wheeler responded on 5 April 2017 at 5:21pm Reply

    Would have preferred to have seen Sylvia on the cinema screen as opposed to The Nutcracker again.

  13. Brett responded on 5 April 2017 at 6:27pm Reply

    a lot of syncopation .... very excited for the new swan lake ... Big shame and pity that the company founder Dame Ninette Devalois would be 120 in 2018 and is entirely forgotten ! no Checkmate ? Rake's Progress ? but how many outings of Syncopation ??? sad over sight

  14. penelope simpson responded on 5 April 2017 at 6:34pm Reply

    Ah, the Nutcracker - AGAIN. How original.

  15. Stephen responded on 5 April 2017 at 7:13pm Reply

    Odd to see Twyla Tharp on the list, since Mr Worldly Wise was such a disappointment. RB doesn't have a great track record of commissioning new work from outside choreographers. The revival I would love to see is Dances at a Gathering- such a beautiful work.

  16. Donald responded on 5 April 2017 at 7:40pm Reply

    I suppose it's unrealistic to hope Alexander Campbell dances in ALL of them...but he IS my favorite !

  17. Carol Morris responded on 5 April 2017 at 9:16pm Reply

    You have made my day - I have been patiently waiting for Manon. And great to see so much being live broadcast for those of us who don't live in London and can't get to Covent Garden too often.

  18. Daria Ozino responded on 5 April 2017 at 9:46pm Reply

    Great to see favourites back and to finally see Sylvia, Elite Syncopations, The Judas tree but disappointed not to see in the list The Prince of the Pagodas, Winter dreams and Enigma Variations. Hopefully next season.

  19. Dionne responded on 5 April 2017 at 9:53pm Reply

    Great programme! I would love to see Cinderella at Christmas one year instead of Nutcracker. Also would like to see La Bayadere and Coppelia. Looking forward to seeing Giselle and Swan Lake though!!

  20. Richard Davis responded on 5 April 2017 at 10:11pm Reply

    Arthur Pita and Twyla Tharp.Nothing else to get very excited about

  21. Joan Hopton responded on 5 April 2017 at 10:23pm Reply

    Hugely disappointing for me. I was hoping for at least one of Bayadere, Onegin, 2 Pigeons and Les Patineurs but nothing. Anything I go and see will be for the cast rather than the ballet. I love Giselle but it has been performed and screened several times lately. Have no interest in Alice and Winters Tale. Also the mixed bills are very disappointing; why no Ashton triple or double? Why Marguerite and Armand again when there are so many Ashton short ballets hardly ever seen? Why do triple bills always seem to be predominantly modern these days? What happened to the ballet Russes triple bills; more classical ones like les Sylphides, Graduation Ball, Month in the Country, Enigma Variations? It would be good to have 1 traditional triple at least. Also none of the Macmillan tributes are performed at the weekend and no matinees making attending difficult for those of us living 200 miles from London. Even the cinema broadcasts are disappointing. Why is Sylvia not being broadcast when it is years since it was broadcast yet Winters Tale is when it was broadcast far more recently? Looks like 2017/18 will be a cheap year at the ROH for me.

    • Joe blitz responded on 19 November 2017 at 2:25pm

      Hi Joan
      tried finding what ROB will be showing Christmas. I heartily agree with you.
      Again Nutcracker or Winter's Tale or Alice?
      So many good old ballets just waiting.
      Why, oh why can't they be shown?

  22. ML responded on 6 April 2017 at 12:28am Reply

    Very excited to see the new Twyla Tharp work, the new Swan Lake and the MacMillan celebration. Also delighted that we'll have new works from Pita, Wheeldon and McGregor , and that Sylvia and Alice's Adventures are back. Am also pleased that the MacMillan celebration will have participation from Yorke Dance Project, Northern Ballet and Scottish Dance as well as BRB and ENB.

    Only 2 points to raise though:
    1) Jeux was very enjoyable when I saw it, but it's a short ballet. Is it going to be performed with something else? It's a long way for audiences to come in to Covent Garden just to see a short one-act ballet, no matter how brilliant it is.

    2) The MacMillan tribute is great, but could we not have had more works in the list rather than simply a new revival of Sea of Troubles and Le Baiser de la fee? Everything else has been performed at Covent Garden recently. Instead of repeating Judas Tree and Elite Syncopations in 2 different bills, how about Solitaire (which is in BRB's rep but not seen in London for over a decade - possibly two, I believe) or Different Drummer?

  23. Michael Sharpe responded on 6 April 2017 at 9:01am Reply

    To paraphrase Shaw's"St Joan": 'How long, Oh Lord,how long before your stage is ready to receive Dances at a Gathering?'
    Not to mention Daphnis & Chloe,Ballet Imperial,La Fete Etrange or (maybe when hell freezes over) Lieberslieder Walzer?

  24. Becky Bleaden responded on 6 April 2017 at 4:37pm Reply

    So excited for Sylvia and Concerto, they are two of my favourite ballets!
    Manon, Giselle and Winter's Tale have been seen recently, but I still love them.
    Maybe Cinderella and La Bayadere next year?

  25. Roger Handley responded on 6 April 2017 at 7:59pm Reply

    An excellent and varied programme to come, which looks exciting. Delighted to see Swan Lake back on the agenda once again, which has been sorely missed. Particularly impressed to see other companies invited to take part in some of the performances'''.

  26. J L Swindon responded on 7 April 2017 at 1:34pm Reply

    Yet again no Coppelia, no Firebird. And I'm not impressed with the mixed bills.

  27. anja responded on 7 April 2017 at 2:24pm Reply

    As someone who lives outside the UK and is limited to cinema broadcasts only, I am hugely disappointed to see that you keep broadcasting the same ballets over and over again. The Nutcracker (good grief), Manon, Alice, Winter's Tale have all been broadcast at least twice in the last 3-4 years, how ever great they may be. Thank heavens for that Tripple Bill. I am so sad for missing Sylvia and Macmillan Celebration, as well as Pita and Tharp (but that was to be expected). This is a huge underestimation of your audiences, or maybe not, who knows. People *are* mostly sheep, forever cheering for their Nutcrackers, Swan Lakes and Giselles, season in, season out.
    The same goes for the season in general, and I mostly agree with ML above.

  28. Graeme Williams responded on 7 April 2017 at 2:49pm Reply

    Sadly, you will never please everyone, Kevin what ever you plan. A great variety of shows which surely must have something for everyone, although reading some comments I do wonder!
    We will come to everything except Nutcracker and not ALL the Elites!

  29. Rania Dizikiriki responded on 7 April 2017 at 8:53pm Reply

    Could you please do a screening at cinema in Greece too for ballet-dancing productions?We would LOVE to see Mannon and all the others but for the moment there are only 2 operas at the Mall cinema in Athens Greece.We LOVE your dancing productions and we very much miss them!!!!

  30. Adrian Burley responded on 8 April 2017 at 1:50pm Reply

    I read the book-'Different Drummer' - will now get a chance to see the likes of Concerto, Elite Syncopation, and Gloria... Maybe not source MacMillan but inspiring and reinforcing ballet heritage. Just hope that any modernisation does not leave us with the banal.

  31. Annabel Charles responded on 18 April 2017 at 10:48pm Reply

    Goodness - why are people moaning? I think it looks like a wonderful programme. And to the person who said they weren't interested in Winter's Tale - do give it a try. It is a fabulous ballet! I am looking forward to all the live screenings - and hope to see one or two at the Opera House as well. Thank you!

  32. Alistair Jones responded on 21 April 2017 at 3:34pm Reply

    So glad to see a revival of Scarlett's "Age of Anxiety' which I so much enjoyed at its premiere. It will be good to see Sylvia live rather than my warn out DVD. I have returned to enjoying ballet after many years, and have come to the ROH a lot in the past 3 years - so I am surprised to see so many ballets coming round again, so soon. Certainly there are new works to be enjoyed but long to see others - eg. the 3 Arthur Bliss ballets - Checkmate, Miracle in the Gorbals and Adam Zero (a score Bliss thought his best). Cinderella would be a nice change from Nutcracker. Also love to see RB dance Enigma Variations!

  33. Alice Child responded on 22 April 2017 at 11:34pm Reply

    Pleased to see Manon back. Would love to see Firebird or Rite of Spring very rarely if ever performed. Also, the Two Pigeons, all 3 seen very many years ago. Wonderful to have them beamed to the Curzon cinemas.

  34. Joy Salkeld responded on 29 April 2017 at 3:29pm Reply

    Please may I know when the casting list is going to be available for the Autumn 2017 ballet season. I have to book for Wigmore Hall in the next few days and I need to ensure that dates don't clash

  35. Margaret Lavender responded on 27 May 2017 at 3:54am Reply

    I totally agree with so many comments re the over-performed ballets - Swan Lake, Giselle, the ever-eternal and now boring Nutcracker. I want far more of Ashtons short classical ballets and SO pleased to see Concerto and Elite Syncopations will be shown - at the cinema PLEASE. And I want the gorgeous Month in the Country, Bayadere, tho the temple dances are boring, it's that "not a wobble in sight" as Madame once said, of the so beautiful extended lines of dancers criss crossing the ramp which I want. And Monotones, the ONLY modern ballet I love. I hate all other modern ones. Dances at a Gathering, Brahm's Waltzes and many more short ones. Why or why doesn't the ROH DEMAND the BBC show these ballets again? Why oh why do they "sit"on them?
    I'm now booked at the cinema to see the wonderful Symphonic Variations, I'm SO sorry I didn't know about Big Screenings until today, and have missed Mayerling, Anastasia which I've never seen, Sylvia, and some others shown last autumn and this spring.....Balanchines Jewels I also want to
    see and oh, Tchaikovsky music, long pale blue dresses...is it Serenade....? I could go on, but it's all the old ballets I want to see. Not interested in new ones, I'm too old!

  36. Mona responded on 7 August 2017 at 1:15pm Reply

    Hi, I have waiting for Carmen or the Barber of Seville, but months & years are going by & nothing.

    Please give some indication if with of these will be performed in 2018?

  37. Morton Paley responded on 18 August 2017 at 11:13am Reply

    Why won't you give us the casting of your Royal Ballet screenings. Surely you know the performance dates in advance.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 21 August 2017 at 9:27am

      Hi Morton,

      Due to the physical nature of the art form, casts for ballet productions are confirmed closer to performance than is the case for opera. Casting for productions will be available soon.

      Thanks,

      Chris

  38. Robert CAMPING responded on 6 September 2017 at 8:45am Reply

    Swan Lake gives us a perfect reason to visit again (from Australia).
    The last time was in 2015 "Triple Bill" and before that Leanne Benjamin in "Romeo and Juliet".

  39. Lynn Ward responded on 18 October 2017 at 9:47am Reply

    After seeing Jewels at the cinema I long to see it at the Opera House. Any plans to include it in the future?
    The cinema screening is excellent for those living a long way from London. Thank you so much for doing this,
    I hope to see Sylvia.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 18 October 2017 at 10:58am

      Hi Lynn,

      Glad you enjoy the cinema screenings. There are, at present, no performances of Jewels scheduled.

      Thanks,

      Chris

  40. Gillian Eastwood responded on 19 October 2017 at 11:39am Reply

    I have to agree with all those pleading for a break from Nutcracker next Christmas. I would love to see a revival of Cinderella or Coppelia. Or that once favourite Christmas double: Les Patineurs & Beatrix Potter.

    Macmillan Triple Bill last night was fantastic - thank you.

  41. Rita Taylor responded on 25 October 2017 at 10:33am Reply

    You do not publish on this site your response to the many pleas for a rest from Nutcracker in favour of Cinderella, Les Patineurs, Coppelia etc. Is there a good reason for disappointing so many devotees? Can we be told what it is?

  42. Chloe Hargreaves responded on 29 October 2017 at 7:58pm Reply

    When will the ballet programme for July-August 2018 be announced?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 30 October 2017 at 12:46pm

      Hi Chloe,

      Thanks for your query. Any performances or residencies for Summer 2018 will be announced in due course once confirmed.

      Thanks,

      Chris

  43. Anna Campbell responded on 15 November 2017 at 1:35pm Reply

    My question is, with the Australian screenings which are now at Village (shudder) cinemas, I can find listings for Alice (Nov 25-26-29), Nutcracker (Dec 16-17-20), Manon (June 2018) and Swan Lake (July 2018), but they appear NOT to be screening Winter's Tale AT ALL! Can you explain this, please?

    • Olivia Moxey responded on 24 November 2017 at 10:06am

      Dear Anna,

      Thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately, the ROH cannot dictate what cinemas can or cannot show as they often choose their programme based on availability in their venues. We were informed that Village Cinemas could only commit to 10 out of our 12 productions this season which is why they will not be screening 'The Winter's Tale' or 'Bernstein Centenary'. Please continue to check our website for future updates at the following link, https://www.roh.org.uk/screenings?location=Australia

      Best Regards,
      ROH Cinema Team

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