Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Elizabeth. It was last on stage 8–17 January 2016 as part of the Winter 2015/16 season.
This dynamic exploration of the Tudor monarch for dancers and actor uses texts written by Elizabeth and her contemporaries, and a commissioned score that draws on music of the great Elizabethan composers.
Elizabeth was commissioned by The Royal Ballet for a 2013 gala performance in the Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich – birthplace of the work’s subject, Queen Elizabeth I. Choreographer Will Tuckett and playwright and librettist Alasdair Middleton co-directed this special performance, which brought together dancers Zenaida Yanowsky and Carlos Acosta, and actor Lindsay Duncan, in its exploration of the life and loves of this powerful queen.
Middleton and Tuckett took their original inspiration from the writings of Queen Elizabeth herself. As Tuckett explains, ‘Her love of dance, the arts and her quick-witted, wicked sense of humour are all evident in her own writing… I felt that dance could provide another take on how these elements and this extraordinary woman could be viewed’. Middleton’s script draws on Elizabeth’s writings and those of her contemporaries, among them Sir Walter Raleigh, François, Duc d’Anjou, and Robert Devereux. The commissioned score by Martin Yates (Don Quixote), written for cello and baritone in a modern reimagining of a typical Tudor-period ensemble, re-creates the structures and harmonies of music by the great Elizabethan composers, including John Dowland, Thomas Tallis and Thomas Morley.
News and features
How the ROH Costume department create Tudor costumes for Elizabeth that are light enough to dance in6 January 2016
Head of Costume Fay Fullerton on the challenges of re-creating Elizabethan costumes for 21st-century ballet.
4 January 2016
Our quick introduction to Will Tuckett’s portrait in dance, music and text of Queen Elizabeth I.