22 April 2014 at 12.40pm | 14 Comments
The ballet, which was critically acclaimed when it had its world premiere on 10 April, features a score by Joby Talbot and designs Bob Crowley, the creative team behind Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Christopher’s last full-length Royal Ballet work. Read audience reactions to the opening night of The Winter's Tale.
The Winter’s Tale is based on Shakespeare’s late romance of the same name, an enduring tale of consuming jealously and hopeless love; remorse and reconciliation. The plot centres on a king’s irrational jealousy of the relationship between his wife and friend, and the destruction it causes. Read a synopsis of the work written by Christopher Wheeldon.
Performed less frequently than Shakespeare’s other works, it is perhaps best known for its notorious stage direction, ‘Exit, pursued by a bear’. Find out more about different Shakespeare adaptations.
Christopher has streamlined the plot of Shakespeare's drama to ensure the ballet has a clear storyline with moments of high drama, strong characterization and choreography that reflects the poetry of the words. There are six principal roles, providing exciting opportunities to display the Company’s star dancers; Royal Ballet Principals Lauren Cuthbertson, Edward Watson, Sarah Lamb, Steven McRae, Zenaida Yanowsky and Federico Bonelli will all perform in the cinema relay. Find out more from Christopher about creating the work.
The music and designs for The Winter’s Tale vividly depict the contrasting worlds explored in the ballet: the dreary, troubled court of Sicilia and the vibrantly cheerful countryside of Bohemia. Read an interview with Joby Talbot about composing the score.
To accompany the cinema screening, we have created a digital guide to The Winter’s Tale. The guide, which is updated with new content as the screening approaches, features background information about the production and creative team; a full synopsis; specially selected photos and films; and exclusive articles exploring the story, the music and the choreography of Christopher Wheeldon. We've made a special film with Lauren Cuthbertson for the guide, 'Becoming Hermione'. Buy The Winter's Tale digital guide.
Read audience reactions to the opening night and add your own review. We will also be publishing a roundup of tweets about the cinema relay, so send us your comments on the night using the hashtag #ROHtale.
The Royal Opera House Cinema Season relays performances to up to 1,500 cinemas in 40 countries around the world. The final live relay of the Season will be The Royal Opera’s Manon Lescaut on 24 June. Find out about the Live Cinema Season 2014/15.