Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote to be broadcast live in cinemas on 16 October
Rehearsal photos, production galleries and background information.
A performance of Carlos Acosta’s new production of Don Quixote, starring Marianela Nuñez as Kitri and Carlos as Basilio, will be broadcast live in cinemas across the world on 16 October.
The production, described by Carlos as ‘fun, colourful and a tremendous spectacle’, is his first full-length work for The Royal Ballet. Watch an interview with Carlos about creating the new production.
Based on a section of the classic Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote follows the adventures of a bumbling, delusional knight and his loyal squire Sancho Panza.
The story has inspired numerous ballets, of which one of the most popular is the version by Marius Petipa. Carlos, who has danced the role of Basilio on numerous occasions, brings his own fresh perspective to this 19th-century classic. Find out more about the work in our Ballet Essentials feature.
Carlos’s choreography is demanding and energetic. ‘The challenge of Don Quixote is the technical demand and the level of energy required,’ says Thiago Soares, who is dancing the role of Basilio on 25 October and 2 November, ‘but this flavour and freedom is why the audience will love it!’ View our gallery of Royal Ballet dancers in rehearsal.
Featuring designs by Tim Hatley and Hugh Vanstone, who both worked on Shrek the Musical, and set to music by Ludwig Minkus, a composer renowned for his exotic ballet scores, Don Quixote is full of Spanish flair and bravura. Find out more about the Minkus’s score.
Don Quixote opened The Royal Ballet 2013/14 Season with a gala performance on 30 September. Read audience reactions to the opening night. Following the cinema screening, we will publish a round-up of tweets so let us know your thoughts with the hashtag #ROHDonQ.
Don Quixote runs until 6 November. There are still a few tickets left for Main Stage performances. Over the course of the 2013/14 Season, Royal Opera House productions will be screened live in over 1,000 cinemas in 38 countries. Find out more about this Season’s programme and find a screening near you.