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The Winter’s Tale to be screened live in cinemas on 28 April 2014

Digital Guide includes photographs, films and exclusive features to bring you closer to the production.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

22 April 2014 at 12.40pm | 14 Comments

Christopher Wheeldon’s new Royal Ballet production of The Winter’s Tale will be live screened in cinemas across the world on Monday 28 April.

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 Story

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.

The Production

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.

Digital Guide

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.

Review

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

This article has 14 comments

  1. J.A.Salzani responded on 27 April 2014 at 6:31pm Reply

    Hullo,
    Why the time of the screening not on this site ?
    J.S.

  2. lizzi responded on 28 April 2014 at 11:13pm Reply

    Just back from a winters tale at the Tavira (Portugal) cinema. Bit doubtful as this was the first modern ballet that we had been to see. It was absolutely brilliant, sat enthralled for the whole time. We are totally hooked now. Thank you so much for broadcasting these ballets.

  3. Utterly enthralling, a multi-sensory extravaganza, absolutely loved it.

  4. Jane Pettit responded on 29 April 2014 at 9:04am Reply

    At cinema in King's Lynn yesterday. Edward Watson, as Leontes, was amazing - it was the best acitng/dancing I have seen. The ballet was incredible. The set design relayed the story brilliantly - very innovative. All the dancers and muscians were as always fantastic.
    Joby Talbot's music relayed the right mood for each scene - congratulations for a difficult commmission.

  5. Steve Nage responded on 29 April 2014 at 12:28pm Reply

    First time I've been to a relay. Fantastic! .... but all too often the camera work cut off the dancers' feet. Was this the fault of the cameras or the cinema (Stevenage)?

  6. Sae responded on 29 April 2014 at 12:34pm Reply

    What a violence beautifully awfully expressed by the ballet movement!!
    It's not a sweet dreamy prince-princess story but humane emotion itself.
    Amazing and shocking but striking and powerful new ballet. It's my honor to be an audience of this performance. Viewing From Japan

  7. The ending was superb too!
    This will be a challenging but respectful ballet for male dacers to demonstrate excellence.

  8. I recommend this Royal Ballet's The Winter's Tale as "remarkable!"

  9. Erica Austin responded on 30 April 2014 at 9:10am Reply

    Are you planning another live screening of The Winter's Tale?

  10. carol matthewman responded on 1 May 2014 at 9:30am Reply

    Any repeat showings please ?

  11. Anne Alleyn responded on 2 May 2014 at 12:02am Reply

    Loved the ballet but found the changing cinema lighting during the ballet rather distracting and the volume too loud. Is the lighting meant to reflect the screen action? Also thought the introduction and interviews in the intermissions rather amateur. Why not use a professional presenter?

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