Watch: Carlos Acosta on his new production of Don Quixote
Petipa's classic ballet is given an exciting contemporary twist by The Royal Ballet's Principal Guest Artist.
The Royal Ballet 2013/14 season opens on 30 September with a gala performance of Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote.
The production, which will be screened live in cinemas on 16 October, is the first choreographic work that Carlos has created for The Royal Ballet.
‘Don Quixote, as you know, is based on a classic book by Miguel de Cervantes,’ says Carlos. ‘What I like most is that there is nothing serious about it. It is fun and colourful, it’s a story that anyone can relate, whatever their age.’
The ballet follows the adventures of bumbling knight Don Quixote and his simple squire Sancho Panza. ‘It is full of great characters and Spanish flavours. People coming to see it are in for a tremendous spectacle,’ continues Carlos.
Carlos is working with leading designers Tim Hatley and Hugh Vanstone (who both worked on Shrek the Musical), and began rehearsals at the end of last season. Watch backstage footage of the rehearsals.
Carlos has been performing as a Principal Guest Artist at Covent Garden since 2003. Previous choreographic works include Tocororo – A Cuban Tale, which broke box office records at Sadler’s Wells Theatre.
Away from the stage, he has established himself as a talented writer: his most recent novel, Pig’s Foot, made it onto the Waterstones annual list of most promising novels.
Don Quixote runs from 30 September to 6 November and will be screened live in cinemas on 16 October. Tickets are still available for performances on the Main Stage. The production receives generous philanthropic support from Mrs Susan A Olde OBE, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson and the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.