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2013/14 Ballet and Dance Season announced

New works and visiting companies alongside classics at the Royal Opera House.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

13 March 2013 at 11.01am | 48 Comments

Details of The Royal Ballet’s 2013/14 Season have been announced.

Watch Kevin O'Hare’s preview of the 2013/14 Season, including his highlights:


The Season features five world premieres including The Winter’s Tale, a new full length narrative ballet from Christopher Wheeldon and a new production of Don Quixote created by Carlos Acosta. New one-act ballets from David Dawson, Alastair Marriott and Wayne McGregor will also be staged.

As well as new work, the Season also features a host of classic ballets including Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Jewels and The Sleeping Beauty.

Of the Season’s programming, Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O’Hare says:

‘New work is really the life-blood of the Company. It’s very important to be doing classics; it’s important to remember our heritage. But new works will keep the Company going from strength to strength.’

The 2013/14 Season will see the programming of the Linbury Studio Theatre fully integrated into the work of The Royal Ballet. World premieres, co-commissions and existing and new choreographic initiatives will be staged with companies making their debut in the theatre and regular visitors making their return.

Cinema relays during the Season include Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty and The Winter’s Tale. We are very grateful to Bank of America Merrill Lynch for supporting the Royal Opera House Cinema Season.

Visiting companies include Ballet Black, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Wendy Whelan of New York City Ballet. The Royal Ballet will visit the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

The Company will continue its involvement with a number of learning and engaging projects including Chance to Dance, East London Dance and Dance Dynamic. It will continue to work with Youth Dance England on their Young Creatives scheme with develops opportunities for young choreographers aged 15-19.

Watch our new 2013/14 Season trailer:

What are you most looking forward to during the 2013/14 Season?

Don Quixote NEW

  • Carlos Acosta after Marius Petipa
  • Music: Ludwig Minkus arranged by Martin Yates
  • Carlos Acosta, Royal Ballet Principal Guest Artist and one of the finest dancers of his generation, presents a new production of this exuberant tale of friendship, love and loyalty.
  • 30† September at 7.30pm
  • 5 (mat) | 5 (eve) | 6 (mat) | 8 | 11 | 15 | 16x | 18 | 25 | 26 October
  • 2 (mat) | 2 (eve) | 6 November

† Special gala performance
x Live cinema


Romeo and Juliet

  • Kenneth MacMillan
  • Music: Sergey Prokofiev
  • A tragic tale of star-crossed lovers: Kenneth MacMillan's poignant ballet is a 20th-century classic.
  • 19 | 22 | 23 | 30 October
  • 14 | 16 (mat) | 16 (eve) | 21 | 22 | 26 (mat) | 26 (eve) | 28 November
  • 3 | 7 December


Chroma / David Dawson NEW / The Rite of Spring

  • Wayne McGregor / David Dawson / Kenneth MacMillan
  • Music: Joby Talbot / Greg Haines / Igor Stravinsky
  • One hundred years of visionary ballet – from Stravinsky’s 20th-century masterpiece to innovative choreography by Wayne McGregor and David Dawson.
  • 9 | 13 | 19 | 20 | 23 (mat) | 23 (eve) November


Water Stories / Noces / Virtual Descent (National Dance Company of Wales, Linbury Studio Theatre) NEW

  • Stephen Petronio / Angelin Preljocaj / Eleesha Drennan
  • Music: Atticus Ross / Igor Stravinsky / Mark Bowden
  • The National Dance Company of Wales makes its first visit to the Linbury Studio Theatre with a mixed programme celebrating its 30th anniversary.
  • 30 | 31 October
  • 1 November


MacBeth (De Oscuro, Linbury Studio Theatre) NEW

  • Eddie Ladd and Judith Roberts
  • Music: Conor Linehan
  • Cardiff-based theatre company De Oscuro brings a radical reinvention of Shakespeare’s tragic tale to Covent Garden.
  • 12 | 13 November


Pictures We Make (Company Chameleon, Linbury Studio Theatre) NEW

  • Gemma Nixon and Jonathan Goddard/Anthony Missen and Kevin Edward Turner
  • Music: John Matthias/Miguel Marin
  • The London premiere of works by acclaimed choreographic duo Gemma Nixon and Jonathan Goddard, and Company Chameleon founders Anthony Missen and Kevin Edward Turner.
  • 15 | 16 November


Particle Velocity (Phoenix Dance Theatre, Linbury Studio Theatre) NEW

  • Sharon Watson / Douglas Thorpe / Jose Agudo / Richard Alston
  • A boldly inventive new programme from leading contemporary dance company Phoenix Dance Theatre.
  • 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 November


The Nutcracker

  • Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov
  • Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
  • A young girl's enchanted present leads her on a wonderful adventure in this classic ballet, accompanied by Tchaikovsky's glittering score.
  • 4 | 6 | 9 | 10 | 12† | 14 (mat) | 14 (eve) | 20 (mat) | 20 (eve) | 23 | 24 (mat) | 27 (mat) | 27 (eve) | 31 (mat) | 31 (eve) December
  • 2 (mat) | 2 (eve) | 4 (mat) | 8 | 10 | 11 | 13 | 15 | 16 January
  • †Live cinema



  • George Balanchine
  • Music: Gabriel Fauré (Emeralds), Igor Stravinsky (Rubies), Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (Diamonds)
  • George Balanchine’s evocation of the sparkle of emeralds, rubies and diamonds is a ballet gem in its own right.
  • 17 | 21 (mat) | 28 | 30 (mat) | 30 (eve) December
  • 7 January


London International Mime Festival (Linbury Studio Theatre)

  • The annual celebration of visual theatre returns, with spectacular, cutting-edge and inspiring performances.
  • 9-11 January; 30-31 January


Hansel and Gretel (Linbury Studio Theatre)

  • Liam Scarlett
  • Artist-in-Residence Liam Scarlett’s first full-length work for The Royal Ballet – a dark, adult take on a classic fairytale.
  • 24 | 25 (mat) | 25 (eve) | 27 | 28 January



  • Marius Petipa after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot
  • Music: Adolphe Adam revised by John Horovitz
  • The greatest of all Romantic ballets – Marius Petipa’s classic work is a dramatic story of betrayal, supernatural spirits and love that transcends death.
  • 18 | 20 | 22 | 23 | 25 (mat) | 25 (eve) | 27† | 30 (mat) | 30 (eve)
  • 1 (mat) | 5 | 6 | 10 February
  • † Live cinema


Rhapsody / The Art of Fugue / Gloria

  • Frederick Ashton / Wayne McGregor / Kenneth MacMillan
  • Music: Sergey Rachmaninoff / J.S. Bach / Francis Poulenc
  • A celebration of three defining choreographers of The Royal Ballet: Frederick Ashton, Kenneth MacMillan and Wayne McGregor.
  • 7 | 8 (mat) | 8 (eve) | 11 | 13 | 15 (mat) February


Ballet Black (Ballet Black, Linbury Studio Theatre)

  • New work by rising choreographers: EGAL (Robert Binet), Dopamine (you make my levels go silly) (Ludovic Ondiviela), The One Played Twice (Javier de Frutos) and War Letters (Christopher Marney).
  • Cassa Pancho’s company of black and Asian classically trained dancers returns to the Linbury Studio Theatre with a dynamic new programme.
  • 26 | 27 | 28 February
  • 1 | 3 | 4 March


Young British Dancer of the Year Final 2014 (Linbury Studio Theatre)

  • Programme TBC
  • A celebration of the best of British emerging dance talent – sixteen finalists vie for the hotly contested award.
  • 8 March


The Sleeping Beauty

  • Marius Petipa
  • Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
  • Journey with The Royal Ballet to an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magic spells in Marius Petipa’s classic ballet.
  • 22 (mat) | 22 (eve) | 26 | 27 February;
  • 13 | 15 (mat) | 22 (mat) | 22 (eve) | 19† | 21 | 25 | 27 | 28 | 31 March
  • 1 | 5 | 8 | 9 April
  • †Live cinema


The Winter’s Tale NEW

  • Christopher Wheeldon
  • Music: Joby Talbot
  • The world premiere of a new full-length ballet by Christopher Wheeldon, based on Shakespeare’s enduring tale of love, loss and reconciliation.
  • 10 | 12 | 15 | 16 | 22 mat | 23 | 26 (mat) | 28† | 29 April at 7.30pm
    1 | 8 May
    †Live cinema


HeadSpaceDance (HeadSpaceDance, Linbury Studio Theatre) NEW

  • Programme TBC
  • Dancers, creators and producers Christopher Akrill and Charlotte Broom bring a programme of new work by contemporary choreographers to the Linbury Studio Theatre.
  • 16 | 17 | 22 | 23 | 24 April


 Mayuri Boonham Mixed Programme (Linbury Studio Theatre) NEW
  • Mayuri Boonham
  • A mixed programme from Royal Ballet Choreographic Affiliate Mayuri Boonham, featuring a newly commissioned piece in which South Asian dance engages with classical ballet.
  • 29 | 30 April


Alexander Whitely Mixed Programme (Linbury Studio Theatre) NEW

  • Alexander Whitely
  • Cutting-edge technology meets thrilling choreography in a mixed programme by Royal Ballet Choreographic Affiliate Alexander Whitley.
  • 15 | May


Serenade / Sweet Violets / Danse à Grande Vitesse

  • George Balanchine/Liam Scarlett/Christopher Wheeldon
  • Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky/ Sergey Rachmaninoff/Michael Nyman
  • A mixed programme of exhilarating contrasts, from a dark Victorian melodrama to a celebration of hi-tech modernity.
  • 14 | 17 (mat) | 21 | 23 | 24 |26 (mat) | 26 (eve) May


The Dream / Connectome / The Concert

  • Frederick Ashton/Alastair Marriott/Jerome Robbins
  • Music: Felix Mendelssohn/TBC/Fryderyk Chopin orchestrated by Clare Grundeman
  • A world premiere and two comic masterpieces make this a charming evening of exuberant humour and whimsical delight.
  • 31 May
  • 5 | 6 | 10 | 12 |13 June


Draft Works (Linbury Studio Theatre)

  • Programme TBC
  • Experience choreography in its most elemental form – Royal Ballet and guest dancers perform work in development.
  • June


The Royal Ballet School (Linbury Studio Theatre and Main Stage)

  • Programme TBC
  • An exuberant showcase featuring a wide range of heritage and contemporary repertory, performed by students of The Royal Ballet School.
  • Linbury: July | Main Stage: 12 July (mat)


Springboard (Linbury Studio Theatre)

  • Programme TBC
  • Compelling work from young professionals at Verve, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, and Ballet Central.
  • June/July


Wendy Whelan: Restless Creature (Linbury Studio Theatre) NEW

  • Wendy Whelan with Kyle Abraham/Joshua Beamish/Brian Brooks/Alejandro Cerrudo
  • New York City Ballet Principal Wendy Whelan collaborates with four young choreographers to create a suite of duets.
  • Programme TBC
  • July

View details of The Royal Opera's 2013/14 Season

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

13 March 2013 at 11.01am

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged 13/14, 2013/14, announcement, booking, season announcement

This article has 48 comments

  1. How wonderful to see Don Quixote in there and also excited for wheeldon's a winters tale. Triple bills look great too. Lots to look forward to!

  2. Sheila Cross responded on 13 March 2013 at 2:37pm Reply

    Interesting triple bills again to counterbalance the necessary box office warhorses. Some good Balanchine, would have been lovely to have more Ashton and Robbins, but at least they are represented, unlike Tudor. An exciting mix of new work, a clever mix of repertoire, old and modern.

  3. Valerie Knight responded on 13 March 2013 at 3:28pm Reply

    Really looking forward to Don Quixote and A Winters Tale and relayed live to cinemas too! I'll be able to see them twice!

  4. Karen responded on 13 March 2013 at 4:19pm Reply

    Looks promising and good to see a David Dawson piece in there (at last). Hope the seemingly increasing cast changes don't become a norm for this season. And also hope to see some 'interesting' casting which seems to becoming an O'Hare forte.

  5. MauriceC responded on 13 March 2013 at 6:38pm Reply

    Good to see the word"mat" appearing so frequently and The Linbury being so well used.

  6. Margaret Philpot responded on 13 March 2013 at 8:53pm Reply

    Some interesting ballets to look forward to - new Wheeldon and return of Jewels, plus some good mixed bills. I can't see any ballet for children in the Linbury this year at Christmas - a real shame, I have enjoyed some lovely performances with the grandchildren.

  7. I'm really excited for Don Quixote and New Wheeldon Production.
    Can't wait to know the casts of Don Quixote!

  8. Santi responded on 14 March 2013 at 3:50pm Reply

    I'm really happy with the ballets scheduled.
    My favorite, as always, is "The Sleeping Beauty" as it is a great opportunity to see the stars of the company and the future promises playing the role of Aurora and the blue bird my favorites of the entire ballet . Although it is a delight to see all the variations of the fairies in the prologue and discover new talents of the company.
    Definitely my favorite ballet¡¡

    I am also delighted with the creation of Don Quixote. It is great that Carlos Acosta will be the creator, it promises to be an exciting and wonderful show, I would not miss it for the world ¡¡¡

    Personally, I can't wait to schedule my visit to London to try to see as much principals as possible in the role of Kitri ,specially, my favourites Lauren and Marianela that I'm sure will be pure fire and energy on stage, I'm really looking forward to the day of the premiere.
    I can't wait¡¡¡ :-)

    Jewels is a delight and Giselle so wonderful, so I'm enchanted with the season.

    London is a wonder that thank God gives so much attention to classical ballet.

    Unfortunately not the case in other major capitals of Europe ..... luckily we still have the Royal Ballet.

  9. Beverly responded on 14 March 2013 at 5:39pm Reply

    So excited about Don Quixote and looking forward to viewing the castings! The Winter's Tale looks promising too, but am so pleased that we have another opportunity to see Romeo & Juliet - my all time favourite.. I also hope that before too long we may see a revival of Coppelia - such a happy ballet? How about it Kevin for season 2014/15?

  10. Bob responded on 15 March 2013 at 2:36pm Reply

    Looks like a really nice balanced program of the big classis ballets including the new Don Quixoti and The Winter's Tale and the triple bills which include some new ballets. Perhaps there could have been an extra classic ballet around the June/July time and I agree with a previous comment that there is nothing for children in the Linbury studio theatre around Christmas time. Also looking forward to seeing the cinema performances.

  11. Fiona Clarke responded on 14 May 2013 at 2:52pm Reply

    Your ballet season looks wonderful I am looking forward with great anticipation to what the coming season holds .Wonderful new productions with great new talent and seasoned professionals .Brings together a future for all the ballet members at covent garden .I am looking forward to seeing as many productions as I can .Thank you

  12. Marion Rabimow responded on 15 May 2013 at 11:45am Reply

    I'm looking forward to "Don Q" and "Winters Tale"

    And what's about "Alice" ????
    I saw it in April and would like to see it again and again. It was sensationel .

  13. Sasha responded on 16 June 2013 at 6:51am Reply

    Especially excited for the triple bills! The Concert is one of by absolute favorite shorts!

  14. Sergio responded on 3 August 2013 at 8:37pm Reply

    Really excited about DQ with Marianella and Carlos, can't wait to be there! Do you know who will dance Kitri with Steven McRae? I have tkts also, and would love to know the cast! I'd love to see him either with Choe or Osipova!

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 3 August 2013 at 9:37pm

      Hi Sergio

      Wel done on getting tickets to see Carlos and Marianella - they went fast!

      No announcement on who will partner Steven, and we won't hear anything until The Royal Ballet are back from holiday.

      Best wishes


  15. Katie Semler responded on 9 August 2013 at 5:42pm Reply

    I see Don Quixote will be in the cinemas... Can anyone tell me if it will also be streamed to any Dublin cinemas... Since I just flew to London to see Carlos at the Coliseum I doubt I'll make it to London in October / November but I'd love to see it!

  16. Anne responded on 2 September 2013 at 1:45pm Reply

    Will we ever get to see Live in Cinemas in the United States?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 2 September 2013 at 3:10pm

      Hi Ann,

      We do regularly add cinema territories so it's worth keeping an eye on our site as well as social media for new additions.


      Content Producer

  17. R McLeary responded on 8 September 2013 at 9:57am Reply

    Please assist me in lunch time or matinee ballet performances that would be suitable for 6 and 8 year olds.

  18. Gerald responded on 17 September 2013 at 3:41pm Reply

    I shall be travelling to see Giselle in the new year. I see Marianella is appearing in the principal role, but I cannot forget her DVD performance as Myrtha which was quite something ! in fact it kindled my interest in ballet and attending live performances both at the ROH and elsewhere. I would love to see her live in the same role. Will she be doing so and if so, would it be possible to know when?

  19. Tessa Suggett responded on 19 September 2013 at 9:57pm Reply

    Hello Chris

    We had an utterly magical experience in the Linbury last year at Wind in the Willows with our 3 and 4 year olds who sat silently thrilled and transfixed! I'm looking online to try to book another treat for them this year but I can't find anything suitable. The Nutcracker is too long and a bit too advanced as yet for them - can you help?
    Tessa Suggett

  20. Timmie responded on 25 October 2013 at 12:13pm Reply

    Chris, your cast lists for ballet are very minimal. I didn’t know who I would see in Don Quixote, apart from the two leads, until I turned up. I would very much like to know who is dancing Myrtha on the 18/1 so I can look forward to it even more!

    • Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media)) responded on 28 October 2013 at 10:13am

      Hi there,

      I'm afraid that casts for ballet can change right up to the last minute due to injuries. As such, we can often only confirm the lead roles. However, there will be a cast list available on the night with details.

      All the best,


  21. Robert Avery responded on 29 October 2013 at 10:53am Reply

    Reduced ballet listings - of course there are last-minute changes but when it comes to booking it would be good to know some of the other names. Thy ballet audience likes to follow the career of younger dancers and not just book for the two big names. Who has decided to make this change? Must we get the press to take an interest? Loose cannons in the management structure?

    • Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media)) responded on 29 October 2013 at 12:07pm

      Dear Robert,

      While we understand that supporters like to follow younger dancers, it is unfeasible to list all casting for every performance as there are so many changes along the way and, as much as we would like to be able to supply full listings, we can’t ever guarantee the cast.

      I do hope you understand,

      All the best,


  22. Iris Underwood responded on 24 November 2013 at 2:17pm Reply

    We've missed every performance schedule for Alice in Wonderland on stage despite trying to keep up with notices, and would very much like to know when the next performance will be, as we can't see it in next year's list
    Yours hopefully, IU

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 25 November 2013 at 10:24am

      Hi Iris,

      There aren't any scheduled performances of Alice in the 2013/14 Season, though performances may be announced for future Seasons. Do keep an eye out for future Season announcements.

      ROH Content Producer

  23. RHRAMSAY responded on 12 December 2013 at 10:26pm Reply

    Watched Nutcracker tonight in my local Odeon. Dancing sublime, but sadly, the filmimg? lighting? exhibiting? was truly awful. Like peering through a brown curtain.
    Only centre stage lit, no surrounding business to be seen and no impact of colours or costumes.
    Can you find out where the fault lies? Won't go to another showing if this is the quality.

  24. robert wright responded on 13 December 2013 at 12:17am Reply

    watched nutcracker in vue cinema in southport.we enjoyed it very much.darcy said it was screened in many countries. by any chance was morrocco one of them as we would have liked to see don giovanni next feb. but will be on holiday in marrakesh.

  25. Tanya Rose responded on 28 December 2013 at 5:19pm Reply

    I'd love to take my 7-8 year old to see a ballet this year - could you please recommend which one would be suitable for her? Thank you

  26. I saw The Nutcracker in London at the Curzon Cinema and was very impressed indeed. The sound blipped a couple of times, spoiling the illusion. But what I found really difficult to come to terms with was the enormous size of the dancers on the cinema screen! After 43 years of watching dancers at Covent Garden, that 'perspective' is lodged in my visual system!

  27. Pinkie responded on 26 January 2014 at 10:28pm Reply

    Any chance that you would do a Beatrice Potter show again, I have strong memories of wonderful furry thighed Squirrel Nutkin from my childhood and would love to share that with my children ? Fingers crossed !


    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 27 January 2014 at 10:27am


      It's worth keeping an eye out for future Season announcements, but the production isn't scheduled to return this Season.


      ROH Content Producer

  28. K.R. Hosein responded on 28 January 2014 at 7:47pm Reply

    Hi there!

    I'll be moving to London in September to start University and the thing I am looking forward to the most is being able to attend your productions! I have always wanted to see the Royal Ballet live and I'm extremely excited to see them dance on the iconic stage especially after watching the Bolshoi's Sleeping Beauty and Jewels last August!

    Do you have any idea when the 2014/15 Season will be announced? Might it be in March as with previous seasons?

    Looking forward to your reply!
    Yours sincerely,
    K.R. Hosein

    • Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media)) responded on 29 January 2014 at 9:57am

      Dear K.R Hosein,

      Glad you are looking forward to attending Royal Opera House performances. We will indeed be announcing the 2014/15 Season at the end of March.

      All the best,


  29. marilla speller responded on 31 January 2014 at 6:01pm Reply

    How do I find out who is dancing in which performances for the next season please?

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 7 February 2014 at 8:20pm

      Dear Marilla

      Details of casting are added to the website as we have them confirmed, but due to the nature of ballet this isn't often isn't until quite close to the performance dates.

      Best wishes


  30. Ellen responded on 19 February 2014 at 1:49pm Reply

    Sadly missing Alina Cojocaru at he Royal Opera House!
    Marianela Nunez just doesn't have her kind of magic. Sorry.

  31. Vicky Hurst responded on 12 March 2014 at 12:48pm Reply

    Just a list of ballets that I would really like to see the Royal Ballet revive: The Two Pigeons, Dances at a Gathering, Anastasia, Four Schumann Pieces, Symphonic Variations, Ballet Imperial (Piano Concerto No. 2), The Invitation, Voluntaries, Coppelia, Les Sylphides, Solitaire, Ondine, Daphnis & Chloe, Prince of the Pagodas and Sylvia. It would be lovely to see some of these ballets again and I'm sure the dancers would love to perform them.

  32. Nadine Stewart responded on 16 May 2014 at 2:01pm Reply

    Where do I find out where Emma Maguire is dancing this year and next?
    We go to see the Royal ballet every year.. and would like to see her dancing.
    There is going to be a dance and drama training centre in Yorkshire in memory of her mother the teacher Ann Maguire.
    Please send our condolences to Emma

  33. alejandra responded on 29 May 2014 at 7:31pm Reply

    need some help to find ballet performances as from July 8th-14th- 2014. Thanks in advance!

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