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Catch The Royal Ballet's The Winter's Tale live in cinemas on 28 February 2018

Christopher Wheeldon's modern classic will be relayed live around the world.

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

21 February 2018 at 11.22am | 14 Comments

The Royal Ballet's production of Christopher Wheeldon's modern classic The Winter's Tale will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 28 February 2018.

The ballet has become a firm audience favourite since its premiere in 2014.

To enhance your viewing experience, access our Winter's Tale Digital Programme for free using the promo code FREEWINTER, and enjoy a range of specially selected films, articles, pictures and features to bring you closer to the production.

The Story

Love, jealousy, loss and reconciliation drive this adaptation of Shakespeare's play, which has an unusual combination of dark drama and comedy.

Two Kings, once childhood friends, are reunited when Polixenes, King of Bohemia visits the court of Leontes, King of Sicilia. Leontes lives in blissful happiness with his wife Queen Hermione and their son. Polixenes leaves after staying for nine months, by which time Hermione is heavily pregnant. Leontes is thrown into an agony of suspicion: could his wife and his oldest friend have betrayed him?

The Choreography

Wheeldon's choreography is inspired by the lyricism of Shakespeare's poetry. 'I've always wanted to make a Shakespeare ballet', he says, 'and I think the biggest challenge for any choreographer tackling Shakespeare is to find a way to infuse that poetry into the movement and not just use the plot line'. He has streamlined the plot to focus on the main characters and themes, saying 'it's those moments of high drama that work very well for dance'.

The Cast

A treat for Royal Ballet fans, The Winter's Tale offers six major roles - and therefore opportunities to see six of the Company's stars at length.

The live cinema relay will see Lauren Cuthbertson dance the role of Hermione, while Ryoichi Hirano will dance the role of King Leontes. Polixenes will be performed by Matthew Ball and Paulina by Laura Morera. Young lovers Perdita and Florizel will be danced by Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov, respectively.

The Production

This production reunites the creative team behind Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, with designs by Bob Crowley and music by Joby Talbot. Crowley's designs for The Winter's Tale vividly depict the contrasting worlds explored in the ballet. Dreary, black costumes in the Sicilian court contrast vibrant sets and costumes in the light-filled, pastoral Bohemia.

Review and share your thoughts

We'd love to hear your thoughts via social media before the performance, during the intervals and afterwards. Share your comments on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #ROHtale and, as ever, we'll share a selection during the intervals.

The Winter's Tale will be broadcast in cinemas across the world on Wednesday 28 February. Find a cinema near you and sign up to our mailing list.

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

21 February 2018 at 11.22am

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Christopher Wheeldon, cinema, Production, The Winter's Tale

This article has 14 comments

  1. elleG responded on 22 February 2018 at 8:09pm Reply

    The promocode you give above is described as not valid if one tries to use it. Please advise. Thank you.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 23 February 2018 at 2:15pm

      Apologies - this error has now been corrected


  2. Patricia McCarthy responded on 27 February 2018 at 6:54pm Reply

    Unfortunately Dublin Lighthouse is booked out so won't be watching. Will there be another live screening?

  3. I read there was an Encore performance on Sun 4/3 but can't find it anywhere at a cinema near me. Can you help please? I'm near Birmingham.

  4. Caroline Cuerden responded on 28 February 2018 at 9:33pm Reply

    The most marvellous ballet, utterly ruined by the camerawork. Such a shame- constant cuts and close ups destroy the choreography. I have seen many live relays and usually the camera work is excellent. Please reconsider fir future performances.

  5. Robert Rotheram responded on 28 February 2018 at 9:41pm Reply

    The production is absolutely stunning and the energy with which the dancers portrait the story absolutely fabulous.

  6. Sophie Brett responded on 28 February 2018 at 9:51pm Reply

    So frustrating! I have seen this production at roh and live relay before and loved it. This film showing is ruined by the huge number of camera cuts. There has not been a single uninterrupted dance. This is unwatchable, uninvolving. I'd have left but I'm the driver

  7. Adele Nicol responded on 1 March 2018 at 12:27am Reply

    The Edinburgh Odeon screening was cancelled. The cinema didn't know the reason. I had booked and pai for tickets in advance which were not refunded

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 1 March 2018 at 5:33pm

      Sorry to hear that, Adele. That would have likely been a decision on the part of the cinema chain.

      Do contact the cinema in question to receive a refund.

      Best wishes,


  8. Daniele responded on 3 March 2018 at 9:54am Reply

    Great show - I loved it during my stay in Padova.
    Question: I usually stay in Vilnius, and in this city no cinema is affiliated with ROH.
    Any suggestion who to contact in order to see your great shows also here in Vilnius ?
    Is it a ROH decision or a local cinemas decision ?

    • Joseph Chadbourn (Cinema Account Officer) responded on 9 March 2018 at 11:44am

      Dear Daniele,

      It is great to hear that you enjoyed the live screening of The Winter’s Tale last week.

      Unfortunately, as you mentioned, we are not showing our broadcasts in Vilnius at this time, however we are hoping to bring our ROH content to the region.

      Should you wish to view our programming in the meantime, the closest cinema to Vilnius screening our content is the Cinamon Mega in Kaunas.

      Thank you for your patronage and we hope that you continue to participate in the Live Cinema Season.

      Best regards,

      ROH Cinema

  9. Tatsue Fukaya responded on 23 April 2018 at 5:05am Reply

    It was nice to see this work finally though it's
    almost summer here in Japan. I liked the performance, it would be nice to watch it live when you come to Japan next time.

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