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Cast confirmation: Alessandra Ferri, Roberto Bolle and Sergei Polunin return to dance in Marguerite and Armand in June 2017

Former dancers and guest artists of The Royal Ballet return to Covent Garden as part of a mixed programme of works by Frederick Ashton.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

11 April 2017 at 10.47am | 16 Comments

Alessandra Ferri, Roberto Bolle and Sergei Polunin will return to The Royal Ballet to perform in June 2017.

The Guest Artists will perform in Marguerite and Armand, the classic ballet by Frederick Ashton, founding choreographer of The Royal Ballet, alongside Royal Ballet Principals Zenaida Yanowsky, Natalia Osipova and Federico Bonelli. The programme also includes Ashton’s The Dream and Symphonic Variations.

Royal Ballet Principals performing in the Ashton mixed programme include Alexander Campbell, Lauren Cuthbertson, Francesca HaywardSarah Lamb, Steven McRae, Vadim Muntagirov, Laura Morera and Marianela Nuñez, with role debuts in The Dream by Francesca Hayward as Titania and Alexander Campbell and Marcelino Sambé as Oberon.

Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, comments: ‘Frederick Ashton created the distinctive English balletic style so treasured by The Royal Ballet. These one-act masterpieces demonstrate his impressive talent and legacy and I’m especially delighted that Alessandra Ferri, Roberto Bolle and Sergei Polunin return to guest with The Royal Ballet alongside our wonderful Principals in what promises to be a series of very special performances.’

The Dream / Symphonic Variations / Marguerite and Armand runs from 7–10 June 2017. Tickets are still available.

This production will be broadcast live to cinemas across the world on 7 June 2017. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list.

The mixed programme is staged with generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing and Sarah and Lloyd Dorfman. Marguerite and Armand is staged with generous philanthropic support from Aud Jebsen and Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson.

This article has 16 comments

  1. Sabine Flory responded on 11 April 2017 at 11:41am Reply

    These Are great News !
    WHO is going to dance Armand?
    I Hope it will be Sergei!
    I just booked Tickets for the 7. June in our Cinema in Munich !
    Do you have informations?
    Thank you!

    • ML responded on 11 April 2017 at 12:38pm

      Sergei Polunin is dancing Armand with Natalia Osipova - a ballet he is very familiar with and we know it was their dearest wish to be able to dance more works together. However, the cinema relay is not going to feature Osipova or Polunin, Sabine-it will be Zenaida Yanowsky's farewell performance with the company so she will dance Marguerite in that with Roberto Bolle- she is wonderful as Marguerite and he is an excellent dancer in everything he has danced. It will be a wonderful show. For Polunin's performances, I do recommend a short trip to London from Munich, Sabine - there are many flights from Munich to London daily and it will be a delightful treat. Hurry, before tickets sell out!

  2. I knew Natalia's "TBA" was going to Polunin! (or at least I knew Mr O'Hare was considering it). That should keep Mr Polunin's keen fan club very happy! Genius casting for this triple bill. Fab way to finish off the season!

  3. Thank you Kevin O'Hare for Frankie and Marci together! Dream team - pun intended :'D

  4. Maria responded on 12 April 2017 at 10:21am Reply

    Thrilled and happy! Looking forward to the evening with Polunin and Osipova - what a joy!
    Thank you Kevin O'Hare!

  5. Nick responded on 12 April 2017 at 10:25pm Reply

    Such an absolute treat to see Alessandra Ferri again, can't wait!

  6. Thank you Mr O'Hare! Happy to be able to see Polunin and Osipova on the 5th and on the 10th. Perfect match!

  7. Andrea responded on 14 April 2017 at 4:58pm Reply

    Very excited for this triple bill. I've seen The Dream before but not Marguerite and Armand or Symphonic Variations. Looking forward to seeing Alessandra Ferri and Federico Bonelli on 6th at the matinee. They were stunning in Woolf Works.

  8. ZB responded on 14 April 2017 at 5:14pm Reply

    Why why why aren't you filming Osipova /Polunin? Please please do an extra cinema relay?

    • Bev responded on 20 April 2017 at 11:37am

      Amen .... it makes marketing sense to film Osipova and Polunin together. They both have a HUGE following as seen by their sold out performances.
      Many many DVD's would be sold .... my name is 1st on the list for that precious DVD!

  9. Andrew Walters responded on 15 April 2017 at 10:47am Reply

    I am so excited to have a tkt for Sat 10th June! I try to see everything Osipova does and now have a huge bonus as I've never seen Polunin dance live before! Very exciting!

  10. Kevin responded on 19 April 2017 at 10:19pm Reply

    hmm...I would have been interested to see what some of the younger company members would have made of this. E.g. Ball, Edmonds, Ella, Golding. To see what they would have made of a hot-headed, poetic, young man deeply in love.

  11. Persephone.P responded on 20 April 2017 at 8:05pm Reply

    I don't think the Casting is brave or thrilling, it's safe, predictable, aggravating, distressing & short-sighted. It has the usual tone & ignorance of an unforgiving structure - It doesn't represent any good English dancers of mature age in the lead role as a 'Whore' - are we not Sexy enough? have we not suffered enough, don't spread our legs enough to meet the Criteria - Sir Fred enjoyed very Female Dancers, the biggest expression of laughter for us then, is that we are not there!

  12. Magda responded on 24 April 2017 at 4:55pm Reply

    I was over the moon seeing Polunin will be performing at The Royal Ballet...just to discover all performances where Polunin is dancing are SOLD OUT.

  13. Sandie responded on 30 April 2017 at 10:14am Reply

    Absolutely thrilled that we will see Roberto Bolle dance at the ROH once more - his chemistry with Zenaida is electric - they have been friends for such a long time and it is so fitting that he should be her partner when she finishes her career. We are coming to the performance on 2 June and then we will sit in the cinema on the 7 June and watch it all again. Can't wait! Well done Kevin O'Hare!

  14. Tess responded on 4 June 2017 at 3:25pm Reply

    Does anyone know why Polunin is not dancing with Osipova in this ballet?

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