Thomas Whitehead as Polixenes' Steward and Federico Bonelli as Polixenes in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet, © ROH / Johan Persson 2014
Bennet Gartside as Antigonus in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet, © ROH / Johan Persson 2014
Federico Bonelli as Polixenes in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet, © ROH / Johan Persson 2014
Edward Watson as Leontes, Lauren Cuthbertson as Hermione and Federico Bonelli as Polixenes in The Winter's Tale © ROH / Johan Persson, 2014
Bennet Gartside as Leontes and Marianela Núñez as Hermione in Act III of The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2014
Edward Watson as Leontes in The Winter's Tale © ROH / Johan Persson, 2014
Lauren Cuthbertson as Hermione and Edward Watson as Leontes in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet, © ROH / Johan Persson 2014
Zenaida Yanowsky as Paulina in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet, © ROH / Johan Persson 2014
Sarah Lamb as Perdita in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet, © ROH / Johan Persson 2014
Edward Watson as Leontes in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet, © ROH / Johan Persson 2014
The Winter's Tale
The world premiere of a new full-length ballet by Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, based on Shakespeare’s enduring tale of love, loss and reconciliation.
Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of
The Winter's Tale.
It was last on stage 10 April—8 May 2014 as part of the Spring 2013/14 season.
King Leontes, possessed by a mad jealousy, believes his pregnant wife Hermione to be having an affair with his childhood friend King Polixenes.
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Following his charming
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and a series of short ballets including Aeternum and Polyphonia, Christopher Wheeldon presents a new full-length work at Covent Garden. He draws on another much-loved work of English literature: The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s late, great romance.
The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a statue comes miraculously to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. Wheeldon continues his highly successful collaboration with designer Bob Crowley and composer Joby Talbot, the team behind
Alice, in one of the highlights of The Royal Ballet Season. News and features
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The Royal Ballet’s newest Principal on training in Perm, the challenges of moving to London as a teenager and why he’s looking forward to flexing his acting muscles.
30 April 2014
Valeri Hristov to replace Federico Bonelli in the role of Polixenes.
28 April 2014
What did you think of Christopher Wheeldon's adaptation of Shakespeare's play on the silver screen?
28 April 2014
Another chance to see the backstage films screened as part of our live cinema relay.
25 April 2014
The choreographer may be lauded for his narrative ballets, but his abstract one-acts are equally worth seeing.
22 April 2014
Digital Guide includes photographs, films and exclusive features to bring you closer to the production.
The National Ballet of Canada
Generously supported by
The Monument Trust
With additional philanthropic support from
Mrs Susan A Olde OBE, Celia Blakey, Sarah and Lloyd Dorfman, Lady Ashcroft, Simon & Virginia Robertson, The Taylor Family Foundation, Mr and Mrs Edward Atkin CBE, the Metherell Family, Richard and Delia Baker, John and Susan Burns, Sir Roger and Lady Carr, Kenneth and Susan Green, D W Hancock, Randa Khoury, Doug and Ceri King, Gail and Gerald Ronson through The Gerald Ronson Foundation, Victoria Sharp, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson and The Winter’s Tale Production Syndicate
How to support the Royal Opera House Please note
There will be cameras filming in the auditorium on the 23 and 28 April for evening performances. 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.
The performance lasts about 2 hours 55 minutes, including two intervals. The Prologue and Act One will last for about 50 minutes, followed by a 30 minute interval. Act Two will last for about 40 minutes followed by a 25 minute interval. Act Three will last for about 25 minutes.
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