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The Prince of the Pagodas cast changes

Artists performing roles of Princess Rose, Princess Épine and the Prince changed due to injury.

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

30 May 2012 at 1.59pm | 12 Comments

Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Sarah Lamb will dance the role of Princess Rose in performances of The Prince of the Pagodas. The role of Princess Épine will be danced by both Itziar Mendizabal and Laura Morera and the role of the Prince will be danced by Ryoichi Hirano and Federico Bonelli.

Beatriz Stix-Brunell, who previously trained at the School of American Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet School, joined The Royal Ballet in 2010 and recently danced to acclaim in the titular role in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Itziar Mendizabal joined The Royal Ballet in the same year. Previously a Principal with Leipzig Ballet, she has since danced a variety of roles at the Royal Opera House including the Queen of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Laura Morera, Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli are Principals of The Royal Ballet. Ryoichi Hirano is a Soloist. 

Saturday 9 June
Stix-Brunell, Mendizabal, Hirano

Thursday 21 June
Lamb, Morera, Bonelli                      

Wednesday 27 June
Stix-Brunell, Mendizabal, Hirano

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

30 May 2012 at 1.59pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged cast change

This article has 12 comments

  1. Sahlen responded on 31 May 2012 at 5:31pm Reply

    Um... Stix Brunell again?
    What about all the talented soloists and first soloists in the Royal Ballet who deserve new roles?

    • AliBalletFan responded on 19 June 2012 at 3:46pm

      I agree. Whilst Stix-Brunel is a nice dancer, surely there are others in the company who deserve a leading role too. What about some bringing on some British talent? I am beginning to wonder where I can watch British dancers these days.

  2. Jeanne Rouco-Conesa responded on 31 May 2012 at 6:59pm Reply

    Oh No! We just purchased 5 Orchestra seats yesterday becasue Beatriz was schedule to show on the 21st. as scheduled earlier. We are traveling from Miami, Florida and will not be able to stay in London until the 27th to see her, what a shame!

  3. londonkings responded on 31 May 2012 at 10:40pm Reply

    Not bothering to specify the previously advertised cast affected and provide an explanation? Even if only the usual 'due to injury', it's not a dispensible element.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 1 June 2012 at 2:32pm

      Thanks for that comment. We have now added 'due to injury' to this news piece.

  4. Isabella de la Guardia responded on 1 June 2012 at 4:13am Reply

    What a shame, we are such big fans of Beatriz and just bought tickets to see her on the 21st as well! We were really looking forward to watching her perform. If there was someway it could be changed back, that would really make our trip!

  5. Hazel Riley responded on 1 June 2012 at 11:45am Reply

    Although it is disappointing when your favourite dancer cannot perform, both Beatriz Stix Brunell and Sarah Lamb are wonderful dancers. Sometimes an unexpected change is a way to discover new dancers. Given the demands placed on dancers it is not surprising that injuries are frequent.

  6. Eddie Maxwell responded on 7 June 2012 at 6:58pm Reply

    I only discovered these cast changes through a remark in an Evening Standard review. The Royal Opera sends e-mails informing ticket-holders of major cast changes (and sometimes offering the chance to exchange/return without charge). Why can't the Royal Ballet keep us similarly informed? I now have tickets for 2 performances by the same cast.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 13 June 2012 at 2:45pm

      Dear Eddie

      We're sorry to hear about the duplicated tickets. We don't email notice of our cast changes as a rule as we have many more changes than the Opera company. This is due to the nature of the profession, which would make it impossible to maintain that procedure. Just for your information, we do, as a matter of course, update the casting on our website as soon as a change is made necessary through injury or illness and that had happened in the case of Prince of the Pagodas.

      Box Office will be in touch with you via email to discuss options, and I hope that you enjoy the performance.

      Best wishes


  7. David Hawgood responded on 10 June 2012 at 8:16am Reply

    Saw Stix-Brunell, Mendizabal, Hirano on 9th June. Stix-Brunell was struggling at times. Hirano was very good throughout, both as Prince and topless as Salamander, and provided superb support in partnering Stix-Brunell. Mendizabal was good. Must mention James Hay, excellent as the fool. We really enjoyed seeing Prince of the Pagodas again and the cuts have improved it.

  8. Don Q Fan responded on 16 June 2012 at 8:43pm Reply

    Where can I find the synopsis for this and any other ballet on the new new website there is no mention or link that I can find to synopses anywhere!

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 18 June 2012 at 12:15pm


      Thanks for your comment. We're adding content on a daily basis. The synopsis for The Prince of the Pagodas will be added soon.

      Social Media Manager

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