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The Royal Ballet's Woolf Works to be broadcast on BBC Four

Watch Wayne McGregor's Virginia Woolf-inspired ballet, with music by Max Richter, on 9 July 2017.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

5 July 2017 at 6.00pm | 20 Comments

The Royal Ballet’s Woolf Works will be broadcast on BBC Four on 9 July 2017 at 7pm.

Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed ballet triptych is set to music by British composer Max Richter and is inspired by the works of Virginia Woolf. The cast includes Edward Watson, Alessandra Ferri, Natalia Osipova and Sarah Lamb.

Each act of the ballet draws on one of Virginia Woolf's novels – Mrs DallowayOrlando and The Waves – as well as extracts from her autobiographical writings, to capture her unique way of representing the world.

The performance, which was broadcast to cinemas in February 2017, will be presented by former Principal of The Royal Ballet and 'Strictly Come Dancing' judge Darcey Bussell and BBC broadcaster Clemency Burton-Hill.

The Royal Ballet have just finished their run of Woolf Works at the Lyric Theatre, Brisbane, as part of the QPAC International series. The Winter's Tale runs there until 9 July 2017.

The Royal Opera House and the BBC are partners.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

5 July 2017 at 6.00pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Ballet, BBC, BBC Four, by Max Richter, by Wayne McGregor, Production, Woolf Works

This article has 20 comments

  1. Nick responded on 6 July 2017 at 6:53am Reply

    Excellent timing as I was so tempted to fly to Australia to see this again! Is there any news on a DVD/Blu Ray release please? Seven live viewing wasn't enough you see..! Congratulations and many thanks to everyone involved in this, my favourite art work.

  2. Morton Paley responded on 6 July 2017 at 9:43pm Reply

    How can those of us outside the UK see it?

    • Stevie responded on 11 July 2017 at 4:15pm

      You can visit one of the many Cinemas over the world where ROH events are broadcast live. Visit the UK and Covent Garden for a holiday, the exchange rate is favourable at the moment. Catch the Royal Ballet on International Tour. If your home nation TV Network does not support BBC broadcast, then there's nothing much that can be done with TV. However I am sure that the DVD and Blu-ray will be released at some point, so watch for news and keep fingers crossed.

  3. penelope simpson responded on 7 July 2017 at 2:38pm Reply

    Absolutely fabulous ballet. Seen it four times now and it gets better each time. Hope ROH put it on again soon!

  4. Jamil Ahmad responded on 7 July 2017 at 4:23pm Reply

    I live in Italy and I'm pleased to say, that I'll be able watch it via the Internet. However, I would love to purchase it on DVD/Blu Ray. Are there any plans to release it via this medium? Thank you.

  5. Joanna responded on 8 July 2017 at 6:56pm Reply

    PLEASE release this on DVD!!

  6. Stephanie McLean responded on 9 July 2017 at 8:11pm Reply

    Wonderful! I'm watching it now.

  7. Christine De Ionno responded on 10 July 2017 at 3:39am Reply

    This is a very beautiful, emotional and moving ballet with a lovely, hypnotic score. Ms Ferri is a very special ballerina - we are fortunate that she returned from her temporary retirement. All of the dancers were fabulous.

  8. Jan Warren responded on 10 July 2017 at 3:40am Reply

    Absolutely beautiful, stunning - lovely music and all the dancers were amazing, but special congratulations to the wonderful Alessandra Ferri, who at 52 years old is still a lithe and beautiful dancer!! - amazing and beautiful performance :) <3

  9. Celina Bullick responded on 10 July 2017 at 12:36pm Reply

    Wonderful. Any chance of a DVD?

  10. Heidilynnvo responded on 10 July 2017 at 5:44pm Reply

    I love the fact that the tiny ballerinas are held in such high regard consistently. Allesandra is a stunningly beautiful ballerina

  11. Stevie responded on 11 July 2017 at 4:03pm Reply

    I watched again on TV and may be stating the obvious that it is a much greater spectacle on the big cinema screen and probably even greater in the ROH live. I have grown to accept and admire the talents of Natty Osipova since her arrival and here again she a driving force, capably supported by the rest of the cast. Sorry Natty, for not accepting you from the start.

  12. Mary berry responded on 12 July 2017 at 5:45pm Reply

    Just watched for the 3rd time. Please a Blue ray hd. Dvd

  13. Morotn D. Paley responded on 31 July 2017 at 6:26pm Reply

    I saw the screening of Woolf Works in Berkeley, California. It was wonderful! Both the choreography and the performances -- not that they could be divided. It is especially splendid to see great dancers like Natalia and Natalia Osipova fully integrated in a group effort.

    But I have just looked at your Fall and Winter casting and see that Osipova ia scheduled to appear -- as I count -- six times over the two seasons. How can this be possible? You have the greatest ballerina in the world and have her appear six times over six months? Don't you owe your loyal audience an explanation?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 1 August 2017 at 3:09pm

      Thanks for your comment and glad that you enjoyed Woolf Works.

      As you'll be aware, as one of the world's leading dancers, Natalia has a busy schedule and is in demand around the world and regularly performs as a guest artist. That said, we're very excited that she'll be performing in a major new piece (Arthur Pita's The Wind) and making her debut in a classical piece in the coming months (Sylvia). Both of these require considerable preparation and therefore a busy schedule in the months leading up to opening nights.

      There will also be further opportunities to see her later on in the Season in 2018.



  14. Peter Smith responded on 2 November 2017 at 3:28pm Reply

    It has now been some time since WW was seen on stage or cinema screen and I wonder how many others are getting withdrawal symptoms from the most wonderful piece I have ever seen the RB produce?

    The only cure: further performances AND a DVD release please and quickly!

  15. Jonathan responded on 14 November 2017 at 7:59pm Reply

    Absolutely wonderful... please release Woolf Works on Bluray!

  16. Dr Cornelis Lucas responded on 27 November 2017 at 2:18pm Reply

    Please announce the DVD,
    Dr Kees Lucas, Didsbury

  17. Hilary responded on 14 December 2017 at 5:49pm Reply

    Desperate for DVD !! Where can I buy it and when, please?

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