12 February 2015 at 1.14pm | Comment on this article
Ahead of The Royal Ballet tour later this year, the New York ballet world came out in force to welcome Royal Ballet Director Kevin O’Hare, Royal Ballet Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, and Royal Ballet Principals Edward Watson and Lauren Cuthbertson for a special preview screening of The Winter’s Tale at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York last night.
The forthcoming tour in June marks the first time The Royal Ballet has performed in New York for more than a decade, and some 37 years since the last performance in Chicago.
The Winter's Tale, which was critically acclaimed on its premiere in 2014, is based on Shakespeare’s dark drama of love and loss. It will be shown in more than 400 cinemas across the US from 17 February 2015. Read audience reactions to the opening night and to the live cinema relay.
Watch an interview with Christopher on the challenges and process of creating The Winter's Tale:
Much to Christopher's surprise, Kevin presented him with the Critic’s Circle Award for Best Classical Choreography, which he had brought over from London. Christopher won the award for in January but, currently working in New York for the opening of his latest work An American in Paris, had been unable to collect it.
The event also included an introduction from Kevin and a Q&A session with Christopher, Lauren and Edward.
‘Last Season was our biggest year so far, with cinema audiences doubling to more than 700,000 attending around the world,’ he said. ‘It’s a great way for people to get to see our work and this Season we’ll be screening ballet into more than 400 cinemas across the US.’
For specially selected films, articles and exclusives, download The Winter's Tale Digital Programme.
The Winter's Tale is also available to buy on DVD from the Royal Opera House Shop.