When to see it
These events are part of the Spring 2015 season.
A couple are trying to sleep in an unfamiliar room, but they feel lost in the huge bed. As their dreams take over they console themselves through songs from Purcell to The Jackson 5 via Schumann and Michel Polnareff.
Swiss director and composer Christoph Marthaler has long been at the forefront of European theatre. In King Size, first performed in Basel in 2013, he presents a hugely original take on the Liederabend. In Mathaler's hands this traditional 'evening of song' becomes a witty, charming and profound meditation on love and the seduction of dreams.
At the heart of Marthaler's vision is the musical phenomenon of enharmonics – two notes that have different names but sound the same. Mathaler uses this idea not only to unite songs from across lyrical history but to explore self and other, dream and reality. Bendix Dethleffsen creates the score.
News and features
24 March 2015
Inspired by boundary-blurring works Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and King Size, we're after your recommendations.
28 March 2014
Kasper Holten’s new production of Karol Szymanowski’s Król Roger opens in the Spring Season. Royal Ballet highlights include Frederick Ashton’s English classic La Fille mal gardée, and a new work by leading choreographer Hofesh Shechter.