Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Don Quixote. It was last on stage 25 November 2014—22 January 2015 as part of the Autumn 2014/15 season.
The romantic old knight Don Quixote invents stories to fulfil his need for chivalrous adventures. On his quest to save his (fictional) sweetheart he encounters the young lovers Kitri and Basilio. They're being kept apart by Kitri's father, who wants her to marry the wealthy Gamache. Don Quixote determines to rescue them.
Kitri's father is duped into giving his blessing, and Don Quixote convinces Gamache that he'd rather marry the barmaid anyway. All rejoice and cheer Don Quixote on his way.
Carlos Acosta, Principal Guest Artist of The Royal Ballet, created his first work for the Company in 2013. He chose one of his favourite ballets – Marius Petipa's Don Quixote, a joyful adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes's classic novel. Acosta's production has proved itself a firm audience favourite, acclaimed for its breathtakingly virtuoso dancing, eye-popping designs by Tim Hatley and the sheer energy and exuberance of the production as a whole.
The adventures of the bumbling knight Don Quixote and his ever-faithful squire Sancho Panza have been the inspiration for countless ballets, of which Petipa's is one of the best loved. Acosta has danced the virtuoso role of Basilio many times, and brings that experience to his unique and vibrant vision of the story. Ludwig Minkus's score, created for Petipa, is full of Spanish flair and atmosphere. Don Quixote, with its famously bravura Act III pas de deux and infectious ebullience, is wonderfully entertaining.
News and features
13 February 2017
We've scoured the repertory in search of the most romantic ballets for Valentine's Day.
16 June 2016
Latex cakes, enormous metal horses and a record-breaking tree – uncovering the stories and the artistry behind our favourite stage props.
19 June 2015
American Royal Ballet Artist David reflects on flash floods, the infectious buzz of American cities and ending the Season with a crescendo.
15 June 2015
The Royal Ballet ‘flirts with greatness’ at the Kennedy Center.
12 June 2015
Annette, who trained in Washington, discusses seeing the city with fresh eyes and performing Don Quixote to an American audience.
Cast Change: Sarah Lamb to dance in Don Quixote on 13 June 2015 at the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.5 June 2015
Sarah Lamb to replace Natalia Osipova in the role of Kitri.
Don Quixote is a ballet in four acts and eight scenes, based on episodes taken from the famous novel Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes. It was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa to the music of Ludwig Minkus and first presented by the Ballet of the Imperial Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, Russia on 26 December [O.S. 14 December] 1869. Petipa and Minkus revised the ballet into a far more expanded and elaborated edition in five acts and eleven scenes for the Imperial Ballet, first presented on 21 November [O.S. 9 November] 1871 at the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre of St. Petersburg. All modern productions of the Petipa/Minkus ballet are derived from the version staged by Alexander Gorsky for the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow in 1900, a production the ballet master staged for the Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg in 1902.