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Another chance to see Royal Ballet productions including Don Quixote and a BBC Radio 3 relay of The Royal Opera's Parsifal.
Another chance to see the backstage films screened as part of our live cinema relay.
How a colourful Spanish novel became a great ballet classic.
A guide to Carlos Acosta's staging of Marius Petipa's joyous comedy.
A close look at the sun-drenched keys and darker hues of a classic piece of ballet music.
As the curtain rises on Carlos Acosta's new Royal Ballet production, bloggers will be taking over our Twitter feed.
Carlos Acosta presents his first work for The Royal Ballet – a dance adaptation of the classic novel by Miguel de Cervantes. Acosta has already established himself as an exciting choreographic talent with Tocororo – A Cuban Tale, a semi-autobiographical work that draws on his childhood in Cuba and broke box office records at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in 2003.
The adventures of the bumbling knight Don Quixote and his ever-faithful squire Sancho Panza have been the inspiration for countless ballets, of which one of the most well-loved is the version by 19th-century Russian choreographer Marius Petipa. Acosta has danced the virtuoso role of Basilio many times, and now brings his unique and vibrant vision to the story, drawing on Petipa and with music by Ludwig Minkus, full of Spanish flair and atmosphere. Don Quixote, with its famously bravura Act III pas de deux and its infectious joie de vivre makes for a wonderfully entertaining evening.
30 September 2013: The Royal Ballet will celebrate the opening of the 2013/14 season with a gala performance of Don Quixote in aid of the Royal Opera House Foundation.
Find out how to book on our Special Events page.
Generous philanthropic support from
Mrs Susan A Olde OBE, Celia Blakey, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson and the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund
Act One will last for about 50 minutes followed by a 25 minute interval. Act Two will last for about 35 minutes followed by a 25 minute interval. Act Three will last for about 35 minutes.
There will be cameras filming in the auditorium on 11 and 16 October. Seats with a partially restricted view, due to cameras, are available at a discount of 25% by ringing the Box Office on +44(0)20 7304 4000.
|Original Choreography||Marius Petipa|
|Original Music||Ludwig Minkus|
|Arrangement and Orchestration||Martin Yates|
|Lighting design||Hugh Vanstone|