Francesca Hayward in The Winter's Tale © ROH 2016. Photograph by Bill Cooper
Francesca Hayward and James Hay in The Winter's Tale © ROH 2016. Photograph by Bill Cooper
Claire Calvert and Thiago Soares in The Winter's Tale © ROH 2016. Photograph by Bill Cooper
Marianela Nuñez as Hermione and Beatriz Stix-Brunell as Perdita in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2014
Beatriz Stix-Brunell as Perdita and Vadim Muntagirov as Florizel in Act III of The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2014
Marianela Núñez as Hermione and Dancers of The Royal Ballet in Act I of The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet © 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 and Lauren Cuthbertson as Hermione 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
Sarah Lamb as Perdita and Steven McRae as Florizel in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet, © ROH / Johan Persson 2014
The Winter's Tale
12 April—10 June 2016
Christopher Wheeldon’s three-act ballet adaptation of Shakespeare’s tale of love, loss and reconciliation with music by Joby Talbot is a triumph for The Royal Ballet.
When to see it
King Leontes, possessed by a mad jealousy, believes his pregnant wife Hermione to be having an affair with his childhood friend King Polixenes.
Read more… (Contains spoilers) Background
Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance
The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014. His earlier creation Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was the Company’s first full-length ballet since 1995 and is now one of its great popular successes. The Winter’s Tale has built on that success, and on its premiere was acclaimed by critics and audiences as an intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance.
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 of Hermione appears to come miraculously to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot,
The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet. News and features
15 April 2016
Shakespeare Day insights event focuses on operas and ballets inspired by the playwright's work, including
The Winter's Tale, Romeo and Juliet and Otello.
13 April 2016
What did you think of the return of Christopher Wheeldon's Royal Ballet adaptation of Shakespeare's play?
11 April 2016
Akane Takada replaces Laura Morera as Giselle; Itziar Mendizabal and Christina Arestis replace Laura Morera as Paulina.
31 March 2016
Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet adaptation is a true collaborative effort, with spectacular designs from all the creative team coming together to tell the story.
24 March 2016
Without words, Christopher Wheeldon's choreography powerfully illuminates Shakespeare's text and the innermost thoughts of his characters.
8 February 2016
Shakespeare’s problem play is notoriously difficult to stage, and scoring a ballet adaption is no different.
The Winter's Tale is a ballet in three acts choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, with a score by Joby Talbot. A co-production between the Royal Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada, the ballet had its world premiere on 10 April 2014 at the Royal Opera House.
Abstract taken from the Wikipedia article
, available under a The Winter's Tale (ballet) Creative Commons license.
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the National Ballet of Canada
Generous philanthropic support from
Generous philanthropic support from Anna and Moshe Kantor, Lady Ashcroft, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson, The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund and The Friends of Covent Garden
Christopher Wheeldon’s Position as Artistic Associate is generously supported by Kenneth and Susan Green
How to support the Royal Opera House Running time
About 2 hours 50 minutes, including 2 intervals
These performances are part of the
SHAKESPEARE400 celebrations, coordinated by the London Shakespeare Centre and Culture at King's College London
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Choreography Christopher Wheeldon Scenario Christopher Wheeldon and Joby Talbot Music Joby Talbot Designer Bob Crowley Lighting designer Natasha Katz Projection designer Daniel Brodie Silk effects designer Basil Twist
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