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Don Quixote DVD (The Royal Ballet) 2013

Don Quixote DVD (The Royal Ballet) 2013

Carlos Acosta's new production of Don Quixote features Carlos Acosta, Marianela Nuñez and Christopher Saunders in the lead roles.
- 5 out of 5 (from 3 Reviews)

- In stock


Carlos Acosta’s first venture directing one of ballet’s 19th-century classics was eagerly anticipated, as was his own starring role in the production (as Basilio), opposite the Argentinian Royal Ballet Principal Marianela Nuñez (Kitri). Packed cinemas for the live relay, as well as sold-out houses for his performances, testified to the draw the great Cuban dancer still exerts – and the audiences were not disappointed. Still built on Petipa’s original choreography, Acosta’s clear dramatic structure and vivid stage action gave the ‘boy gets girl despite her father’ story a more convincing air than usual, with Don Quixote’s parallel obsession with Dulcinea-Kitri coherently woven into the plot. Acosta’s and Nuñez’s performances were peerless, Tim Hatley’s stage designs vivid and apposite, and this production is surely destined to be a perennial Royal Ballet favourite.


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Music: Ludwig Minkus

Kitri: Marianela Nuñez 

Basilio: Carlos Acosta 

Don Quixote: Christopher Saunders 

Sancho Panza: Philip Mosley 

Espada: Ryoichi Hirano 

Mercedes: Laura Morera 

Gamache: Bennet Gartside 

Lorenzo: Gary Avis 

The Queen of the Dryads: Melissa Hamilton

Amour: Elizabeth Harrod

Dulcinea: Christina Arestis


Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Conductor: Martin Yates 

Co-Concert Master: Sergey Levitin

Production and choreography: Carlos Acosta after Marius Petipa

Music: Ludwig Minkus arranged and orchestrated by Martin Yates

Director: Carlos Acosta 

Designs: Tim Hatley

Lighting design: Hugh Vanstone



Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, October 2013

Plus: Interviews with cast and crew / Introductions to Act II and III



Picture: 16:9

Sound: DTS 2.0 / 5.1 (5.0 DTS)

Format: NTSC

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Duration: 125 +12 mins

Subtitles: N/A


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- Bruna
reviewed on
30 Sep 2014
The best Don Quixote production, with the best cast ever! Must see!
Congratulations to the staff and specially to the most amazing dancers, Acosta and Nunez, who seem to be born to the principal roles in this play.
I strongly recommend it to all the ballet lovers!
Best regards from Brazil!
- Chris R
reviewed on
9 Mar 2014
Saw this ballet for the first time on TV during the BBC Christmas Season in 2013 and I absolutely LOVED it!! It's a lavish production and danced exquisitely by Carlos Acosta, Marianela Nunez and The Royal Ballet!! Just found out it was being released on DVD so have pre-ordered straight away!! If you haven't seen it yet then I strongly recommend it!! A delight from beginning to end!!
- Andreas
reviewed on
7 Mar 2014
Was the absolute production my congratulations to the people that create such a performance and from my heart best wishes to Carlos and Marianela for their fantastic DANCE . Best regards from Cyprus.

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