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Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote to be broadcast live in cinemas on 16 October

Rehearsal photos, production galleries and background information.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

9 October 2013 at 10.48am | 23 Comments

**Update: Share your reaction to the Don Quixote live relay via our audience reaction blog**

A performance of Carlos Acosta’s new production of Don Quixote, starring Marianela Nuñez as Kitri and Carlos as Basilio, will be broadcast live in cinemas across the world on 16 October.

The production, described by Carlos as ‘fun, colourful and a tremendous spectacle’, is his first full-length work for The Royal Ballet. Watch an interview with Carlos about creating the new production.

The Story

Based on a section of the classic Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote follows the adventures of a bumbling, delusional knight and his loyal squire Sancho Panza.

The story has inspired numerous ballets, of which one of the most popular is the version by Marius Petipa. Carlos, who has danced the role of Basilio on numerous occasions, brings his own fresh perspective to this 19th-century classic. Find out more about the work in our Ballet Essentials feature.

The Production

Carlos’s choreography is demanding and energetic. ‘The challenge of Don Quixote is the technical demand and the level of energy required,’ says Thiago Soares, who is dancing the role of Basilio on 25 October and 2 November, ‘but this flavour and freedom is why the audience will love it!’ View our gallery of Royal Ballet dancers in rehearsal.

Featuring designs by Tim Hatley and Hugh Vanstone, who both worked on Shrek the Musical, and set to music by Ludwig Minkus, a composer renowned for his exotic ballet scores, Don Quixote is full of Spanish flair and bravura. Find out more about the Minkus's score.


Don Quixote opened The Royal Ballet 2013/14 Season with a gala performance on 30 September. Read audience reactions to the opening night. Following the cinema screening, we will publish a round-up of tweets so let us know your thoughts with the hashtag #ROHDonQ.

Don Quixote runs until 6 November. There are still a few tickets left for Main Stage performances. Over the course of the 2013/14 Season, Royal Opera House productions will be screened live in over 1,000 cinemas in 38 countries. Find out more about this Season's programme and find a screening near you.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

9 October 2013 at 10.48am

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged cinema, cinema season, Don Quixote, live, live screening, Production, screening, The Royal Ballet

This article has 23 comments

  1. we in palm beach, florida are scheduled to receive the "live" performance of don quixote at 7pm.
    it will be midnight in london.
    is the ballet actually being performed at midnight?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 11 October 2013 at 1:06pm

      Hi Rafael,

      For US sites, the screening is captured and screened at most convenient time (as live, with no edits) - otherwise, it might indeed be in the middle of the night.


      Content Producer

  2. My mother is going to see this in the cinema...much to her disappointment, although I'm sure the different experience will be equally enjoyable. I went last night and noticed cameras were filming. Is the 'live' screening, combining performances, or is it some kind of back up?

  3. Cristina responded on 16 October 2013 at 9:17pm Reply

    My friend is right now at the live screening in Bucharest and has just sent me a message that there has been a huge subtitle with "Please close your mobile phones" or something like that kept on the screen for the whole first act. And now there is another for the second act. People complained and were told it was some mistake from London. Could you please check ?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 17 October 2013 at 12:56pm

      Hi Cristina,

      Sorry to hear this - we'll look into the cause of it. We haven't heard of this at any other cinema though, so it may be a localized issue. Regardless, we'll see what the problem was.


      ROH Content Producer

  4. What a fantastic ballet. I loved how Acosta challenged the classicalism adding sound and a modern approach. With some lovely touches of comedy. Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta were so beautifully together. A fabulous and technically extremely challenging performance. I loved it. Thank you

  5. Friedrich Greve responded on 16 October 2013 at 11:25pm Reply

    We saw Don Quijote this evening in Bremen, Germany. It was amazing - Acosta and Nunes are a dream team.

  6. Pounet42 responded on 16 October 2013 at 11:29pm Reply

    Tonight we went to Kinepolis cinema in Valencia Spain to watch Don Quixote Carlos Acosta's version. We had a beautifull night Carlos and Marinella are exceptional. Many thanks to ROH for this beautiful program and to Carlos Acosta, Marinella and the et am and musicians .

  7. Have just got home from an amazing evening watching the royal ballet in don q live at cinema. The performance was breathtaking and cast amazing so enjoyed it . The scenery and lighting were also magnificent . Well done to a great production . Bracknell was spoilt tonight .

  8. Sarah Whitehouse responded on 16 October 2013 at 11:48pm Reply

    Just home from watching the live screening of Don Quixote. what a wonderful performance , Thankyou and many congratulations to all concerned , especially Marianela and Carlos for being so exquisitely stunning !

  9. It was amazing! My daughter and I went tonight. Best production of Don Q I have ever seen! Thoroughly enjoyed every moment!!!!

  10. charlotte pollard responded on 17 October 2013 at 11:32am Reply

    Brilliant performances all round, however our enjoyment was marred by technical problems in our cinema which left much of the bottom third of the stage and the royal ballet' s exquisite footwork cropped out of shot.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 17 October 2013 at 11:36am

      Hi Charlotte,

      Sorry to hear that - which cinema were you at? We'll look into this.

      Thanks for the feedback.

      ROH Content Producer

  11. J Waddington responded on 17 October 2013 at 9:05pm Reply

    Similar problem to Charlotte Pollard's though not quite so bad as hers sounds... we were losing just a small amount of the bottom of the stage in those camera shots which were showing the whole stage, not in the shots which were closer to the dancers - emough to cut off part of the corps dancers' feet anyway. This was in the Vue Haymarket. Another annoyance was the complete lack of any printed info. provided at the cinema (a cast list, for example, which everyone I spoke to - including cinema staff - thought would have been supplied but evidently hadn't been). I also was disappointed to find no cast list anywhere on the ROH website, or maybe I was just not looking in the right place? Otherwise, a most enjoyable performance with excellent dancing all round - thank you.

  12. Alma carter responded on 19 October 2013 at 5:13pm Reply

    Wonderful evening at Fareham cinema. A spell binding performance by all but can we have the cast list PLEASE!

  13. john lavers responded on 21 October 2013 at 7:00pm Reply

    Evening ruined by serious faulty sound every few seconds it completely stopped . Winchester

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 22 October 2013 at 10:17am

      Hi John,

      Sorry to her about this. We're in contact with the cinema to ascertain the reasons for this localized issue and ensure it doesn't occur again.


      ROH Content Producer

  14. Patricia Laing responded on 25 November 2013 at 11:36am Reply

    Alas, missed Down Quixote in cine world, and wondering if there is a DVD out yet.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 25 November 2013 at 1:23pm

      Hi Patricia,

      A DVD isn't out yet but do keep an eye out for announcements in the future.


      ROH Content Producer

  15. I have only just seen this and am wondering if this is going to be repeated again at a later date?.....Or is the ballet going to be touring?

    • Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media)) responded on 6 January 2014 at 10:37am

      Dear Patricia,

      I'm afraid that there are currently no plans for a tour or repeat screening on Don Quixote. However, the DVD is scheduled for release in April this year and will be available to buy from the ROH shop.

      All the best,


  16. andreas adamou responded on 7 January 2014 at 8:24pm Reply

    i ve watched Don Quixote was the best production i seen . Carlos and Marianela are fantastic am a fanatic fan of both i wish all the best . I am looking forward in April when the DVD will be realised i hope to be able buy it here in Cyprus

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