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Special Event: Behind the scenes at The Winter’s Tale fundraising dinner

Event raised money for The Royal Opera House Foundation.

By Helena Price (Developments Events Manager)

20 April 2014 at 12.30pm | Comment on this article

On the 10 April 2014 The Royal Ballet performed the world premiere of The Winter’s Tale by Christopher Wheeldon, based on Shakespeare’s enduring tale of love, loss and reconciliation. Reuniting with the artistic team from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, including composer Joby Talbot and designer Bob Crowley, Wheeldon has created a production that we hope will stay in the Company repertory for years to come.

To celebrate the first night of The Winter’s Tale, a special fundraising event and post-performance dinner was held in the Paul Hamlyn Hall.

Those who watched the evening’s performance may have caught a glimpse of the beautiful decorations by Simon J Lycett Ltd in the Paul Hamlyn Hall at the end of the evening.

The glorious mix of spring flowers suspended from green branches echoed Bob Crowley’s designs for ‘Bohemia’ in Act II.

The transformation of the Paul Hamlyn Hall into a beautiful seated dinner space in only 23 minutes (the length of Act III) set a new record for tight turnarounds and involved many teams from across the Royal Opera House including Royal Opera House Restaurants, the Linbury Theatre technical team, MITIE, Development and House Management.

Dinner guests enjoyed a delicious three-course meal by Royal Opera House Restaurants alongside The Winter’s Tale cast and artistic team and members of The Royal Ballet

The Winter’s Tale first night celebration was one of a variety of fundraising events that have been held this Season in aid of The Royal Opera House Foundation, the registered charity that supports every aspect of the Royal Opera House’s work: its achievements onstage, the commissioning of new works, development for talented emerging artists and craftspeople and extensive learning and engagement activity.

Our next and final fundraising event of the Season will be on 17 June to celebrate the opening night of Manon Lescaut. Contact our Development team to find out more about this event: ring +44 (0)20 7212 9356 or email

By Helena Price (Developments Events Manager)

20 April 2014 at 12.30pm

This article has been categorised Ballet, Function and tagged by Christopher Wheeldon, development, dinner, fundraising, Production, Royal Opera House Restaurants, Support, The Winter's Tale

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