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Your reaction: The Winter's Tale in cinemas 2014

What did you think of Christopher Wheeldon's adaptation of Shakespeare's play on the silver screen?

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

28 April 2014 at 10.39pm | 87 Comments

What did you think of The Winter’s Tale in cinemas?

The Royal Opera House Cinema Season relays our performances to over 1,100 cinemas in 29 countries around the world. The final live relay of 2013/14 will be The Royal Opera's Manon Lescaut on 24 June.

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

28 April 2014 at 10.39pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Christopher Wheeldon, cinema, Production, review, Social Media, The Winter's Tale, twitter, your reaction

This article has 87 comments

  1. I watched in Zagreb, Croatia
    Sattelite conection broke just before finale and we didn't see the end.

  2. Emily responded on 28 April 2014 at 11:26pm Reply

    Loved it! Absolutely brilliant dancing with great music and costumes. The best ballet I've seen and another Shakespeare Classic x

    • Maureen responded on 4 May 2014 at 10:25pm

      Magnificent. You didn't need to know the story to follow. Wonderful dancing, acting, choreography, musical score and scenery. I and my friends were enthralled by it all. Looking forward to more.

  3. Stuart Dixon responded on 28 April 2014 at 11:42pm Reply

    In some mediums loss of transmission or sound is only a slight inconvenience but in Ballet it is catastrophic. In Cineworld Enfield ( North London ) sound was lost in Act 2 and 3, picture break up as well and during the first interval Darcey asked Mr O'Hare a question which was answered by a rendition by Abba or some song as a soundtrack to Mr O'Hare lips. If you want to be taken seriously you must treat your customers as if they are in the auditorium, can you imagine what would happen if this happened in the House.

    • P Berry responded on 29 April 2014 at 9:07am

      In Guildford Odeon the music was amplified to literally unbearable levels. Why? It destroyed the work. Some people stuck it out with fingers in ears, some left after 1st act. I'm sure this isn't what the Opera House would want.

    • Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media)) responded on 29 April 2014 at 10:21am

      Hi there,

      Sorry to hear the music was an issue at your cinema. I will pass on your comments to our cinema team,

      All the best,


    • penelope simpson responded on 29 April 2014 at 10:21am

      No, but thinking about it makes me smile. We were lucky, sound levels were fine. Darcey was not.

    • Hi Stuart,

      We were monitoring both the sound and video off the satellite and didn't see any problems here, so chances were that there was an issue at your Cinema, and by the sound of things it was probably a problem with satellite reception. Our cinema team will be in contact with them to try and sort the problem out.

      Sorry it wasn't as good as it should have been.

      Mark Thackeray
      Broadcast Engineer, Royal Opera House

  4. Wendy responded on 28 April 2014 at 11:44pm Reply

    So good to see a substantial part for Beatriz. My eye is drawn to her whenever she dances, even in a large group. Fantastic. X

  5. patricia responded on 28 April 2014 at 11:54pm Reply

    Very impressive a really wonderful performance, the royal ballet at its best including music, costumes, scenery, lighting and choreography. Living in Portugal it has been an evening to remember. I hope that we will continue to receive your transmissions.

  6. Dave Tennant responded on 29 April 2014 at 7:01am Reply

    Absolutely stunning production,the cast, choreography and music just amazing, can't wait for the DVD. Thanks ROH

  7. delareux responded on 29 April 2014 at 7:12am Reply

    extraordinaire, grande finesse de la chorégraphie et de la musique - un moment de grâce
    bravissimo à tous

  8. Mary responded on 29 April 2014 at 7:32am Reply

    Oh so brilliant. The dancing, choreography, music et al. Well done too
    Ross McGibbon and your talented crew. Thank you.

  9. Vanessa responded on 29 April 2014 at 8:29am Reply

    I was captivated and held from start to finish. I could not take my eyes of Edward Watson, although all were superb and it's so true........ words were just not necessary.
    Costumes were a delight.

  10. Shirley Spanjar responded on 29 April 2014 at 8:39am Reply

    The collaboration between Christopher Wheleldon and Joby Talbot have created a masterpiece. The emotions of the dancers and their technical brilliance left me breathless. I loved the setting if Act II, it was perfect for the pastoral scene.
    This was my first time seeing ballet live at the cinema and although not the ambience of the ROH, it left me feeling as though I had witnessed a miracle performance in close up.

  11. Ruth responded on 29 April 2014 at 8:54am Reply

    I thought the ballet was absolutely brilliant. Each time I see a production from ROH, and it has to be on screen, I am thrilled to be able to view such exceptional talent. To live so far from London is no longer a minus, when we are able to have live (or recorded) screenings at our local theatres.
    Composer, choreographer, all directors and particularly, of course, the actor/dancers are something of which Britain can be really proud.

  12. Clive Burton responded on 29 April 2014 at 8:54am Reply

    What an astonishing evening! After the 'wetness' of ballets like Ondine, here was a robust new masterwork that exceeded in dancing, design, music, stagecraft and, above all, choreography. Outstanding leading roles and plenty of corps work too make it a win/win for everyone. A ballet to keep, cherish and remember forever.

  13. Norman Johnston responded on 29 April 2014 at 9:08am Reply

    A wonderful, wonderful evening.. I didn't know what to expect and came out on a high. So good to see the corps de ballet dancing so well. Better than Sleeping Beauty.
    Thank you from Carlisle.

    Norman Johnston.

  14. Peter Erdos responded on 29 April 2014 at 9:14am Reply

    Unfortunately the Tube strike prevented me from enjoying this promised feat, so I hope either DVD or BBC can repeat it on TV

  15. Judlespip responded on 29 April 2014 at 9:19am Reply

    Absolutely incredible! Out of this world really. The choreography, score - oh, the whole was a masterpiece!

  16. Another great evening. Wonderful music, expressive dancing, marvellous scenery and effects. But I was slightly disappointed by the end, which just seemed to peter out instead of being the joyful resolution which I had expected.

    Chateauroux is still plagued by sounds of battles and heavy drum beats intruding from other screens. I guess we have to live with that. Nothing will put me off enjoying future screenings from the ROH.

  17. Ann O'Kane responded on 29 April 2014 at 9:36am Reply

    Fabulous choreography and great dancing, sets and music. There is really no opportunity for cultural pursuits in this very rural part of France and sad to see no live ballet again until October.

  18. Hilary betts responded on 29 April 2014 at 9:51am Reply

    Absolutely amazing

  19. It was brilliant, mesmerizing, fantastic in every way. The choreography, the dancing, music, staging, costumes - all were just fabulous. It was the most wonderful performance I have seen in so long. I have followed Christopher Wheelden's career for many years and seen most of his work in the USA. He is brilliant. Bravo to all at the ROH.

  20. penelope simpson responded on 29 April 2014 at 10:20am Reply

    Wonderful new work which should become established in the repertoire.

    However, ROH need to re-think Darcey Bussell who was very poor, including apparently not knowing how to manage a microphone. No good simply removing this comment, everybody in the cinema was talking about her performance and you need to address it.

  21. Anna Pocock responded on 29 April 2014 at 10:53am Reply

    Loved Acts 1 & 2 - glorious, inventive choreography that really expressed the conflicting emotions powerfully. Some magical performances from the very talented dancers. Costumes and stage sets were also superb, the highlight for me being that incredible tree in Act 2.

    Act 3 felt a bit light on the dancing, as though we had to rush through it to resolve the narrative. As a result, the ballet ended on a slight anti-climax for me. But overall, fabulous. Wheeldon is a true talent.

  22. Patricia Cleverley responded on 29 April 2014 at 10:54am Reply

    It was the most captivating ballet I have seen, I could watch it over and over again, everything about it was brilliant, amazing, emotional and charming. well done to everyone and thank you.

  23. Sheila muir responded on 29 April 2014 at 11:03am Reply

    I have seen and loved all the cinema productions this season but this one surpassed the rest.It was wonderful and left me emotionally drained..I am realy looking forward to next season. I don't think they could do better than this one.The dancing,the music,the scenery and special effects and the interpretation from a Shakespeare play ,fantastic

  24. Sheila muir responded on 29 April 2014 at 11:04am Reply

    I have seen and loved all the cinema productions this season but this one surpassed the rest.It was wonderful and left me emotionally drained..I am realy looking forward to next season. I don't think they could do better than this one.The dancing,the music,the scenery and special effects and the interpretation from a Shakespeare play.Can't wait for the d.v.d

  25. Chis Wheeler responded on 29 April 2014 at 11:21am Reply

    Our 4th cinema ballet. Fantastic premier, fantastic choreography, music and dancing. When you are clapping the screen, you know it's good! Chris , Huntingdon

  26. William Swales responded on 29 April 2014 at 11:27am Reply


    Twenty fourteen marks the Bards 450th birthday and what a wonderful way to acknowledge it!

    The music was dramatic and exciting (loved the use of the Phrygian mode to show the evil; the Dorian mode to represent the church; the Locrian mode to show despair, and the Lydian and Aeolian modes to show the pastoral tranquillity), the action was gripping right to the last; the sets were fabulous; the lighting was stunning – like watching a painting come to life; the costumes were fabulous; the choreography was astonishing; the dancing was spell-binding – and once again – just like Carlos Acosta did in Don Quixote - we had REAL musicians performing on the stage instead of all of that parody nonsense - what more could you ask for? 'The winters tale' will be a hit - that's for sure!

    As 2014 is the Bards 450th birthday, we now need the ballet presentations of ‘The Taming of the shrew’; 'Romeo and Juliet'; and 'A midsummer nights dream' to nicely round everything off.

    In all of Shakespeare's plays we see two recurring themes: the church and the monarchy do not possess 'magic powers'; and you cannot ever get rid of despotic leaders because the moment that you do so - a worse one takes its place. To quote the Bard: 'Tis better to have the devil you know than the devil you don't' - and last nights ballet proved the rule.

    In it, we saw a deluded man (Leontes the King of Sicily) consumed by abject vengeful hate for no valid reason, getting his comeuppance as he reeked havoc and destroyed the lives of himself and others all around him because he believed that he had been betrayed by his wife and his life-long friend, before being redeemed as he finally came to his senses – which gave everyone involved sixteen years of torment.

    What (for me) was fascinating is how ‘soothsayers’ ACTUALLY operate. I was fascinated in how Paulina - the Queen’s Lady in Waiting - was ‘interviewed’ (for want of a better term) to establish if Queen Hermione HAD slept with Polixenes the King of Bohemia - because Paulina would be ‘in the know’ (presumably because Paulina would be attending the Queen during waking hours and Paulina would see who went in and out of the Queens bed chamber during the night), and THIS information was relayed to the ‘soothsayer’ – who then confirmed to King Leontes that Hermione HADN’T slept with Polixenes (telling us that Leontes was delusional) because the soothsayer KNEW the truth because of his SPY network and the soothsayer did NOT possess ‘magic powers’. Wicked!

    Another fascination was when Leontes didn’t believe the soothsayer and chased him away, and the soothsayer told Leontes that if he refused to believe him it would lead to a tragedy or downfall, whereupon we saw their son Mamillius shuffle off his mortal coil. For me, this begs the question did the SOOTHSAYER orchestrate their son’s death to make HIS point? Or was it a coincidence? Methinks not! Ooo er missus.

    I LOVED how we saw King Leontes kissing the statues he had commissioned to honour his Queen as his self-inflicted anguish consumed him, to set us up for the final reveal (shades of Derren Brown here methinks) – wonderful!

    In Act 1, it was also interesting to see how Paulina was able to orchestrate everything – her Queen smuggled out under the pretext that she had died, and given sanctuary by the church, and a loyal courtier, who was provided with enough wealth to ensure a high standard of life so that he could ‘disappear’ and raise the child, ordered to take the baby to Bohemia. But this now begs the question as to why the courtier was eaten by a bear?

    I suppose if that had not happened to the poor sap, the courtier might well have gone straight to King Polixenes – and we would have missed out on Princess Perdita growing up and wondering why she didn’t quite ‘fit in’ with the peasants, and how Prince Florizel ‘discovered’ Princess Perdita and fell in love with her (like minds and all that) as he idled away his time roaming his estate until his father intervened and chased after Prince Florizel, and the prince went to seek sanctuary in Sicily.

    I LOVED how the set designer and lighting technician uses CHIAROSCURO throughout to bring the drama and heighten the tension – very Rembrandt – but utterly POTENT in its execution!

    Act Two was STUNNING! Again – fabulous painting with light. The marvellous marriage between the colour palette of the costumes and the set was very reminiscent of what Jack Cardiff did when he transformed cinematography forever by creating a meld between the set, the costumes, and the lighting to generate a fantastic ‘colour space’ (check out Cardiff’s ‘Black Narcissus’ and ‘The Red Shoes’ – the latter now released fully restored from the original negatives thanks to the efforts of Martin Scorsese – as well as Cardiff’s cinematic work with Alfred Hitchcock).

    As for Act 3 – the music emphasised the dramatic climaxes so much, it made one shudder and gasp for air as the emotions flowed – and the precision of the dancing - exactly ‘on the beat’ of the orchestra – as we saw throughout - is a wonder to behold!

    Royal Ballet – you are in a class of your own and NOBODY comes close!!

    AFTER THOUGHT: Just as one needs to hear the libretto of an opera in one’s mother-tongue to comprehend what is REALLY going on, so one needs an explanation of the MIME to achieve the same end when watching a ballet so that one can FULLY comprehend the ‘words’.
    The only publication available thus far that explains the mime is ‘Mime in ballet’ by Beryl Morina (ISBN 0-9539358-0-9).

    The publication costs a pretty penny (£45) – but it is FABLOUS! We really need it augmented with a DVD/BluRay showing the mime moves in real time – with an INDEX (hint hint Royal Ballet). Maybe Sarah Lamb or Marianela Nunez might oblige us?

  27. Shirley Bell responded on 29 April 2014 at 11:37am Reply

    Saw this last night in Lincoln. A NEW narrative ballet, with an extraordinary score, brilliant choreography, costumes, set design, orchestra and above all the dancers. Leontes as a twisted spidery figure.. deformed by jealousy. Brilliant!!

  28. penelope simpson responded on 29 April 2014 at 12:11pm Reply

    How strange that my criticism of Bussell, echoed on many other forums is 'still awaiting moderation'

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 1 May 2014 at 3:24pm

      Hi Penelope,

      Apologies for the delay in publishing your comment, it was due to the volume of comments coming through moderation rather than consciously due to content, which caused a backlog of comments (yours being one of them) which required going through manually.

      We very much welcome all comments, including the constructively critical so please forgive the error, the delay wasn't at all to do with the content, rather the volume and the nature of a manual process. We've passed your feedback on to the Cinema team.


      ROH Content Producer

  29. Helen Spiro responded on 29 April 2014 at 12:27pm Reply

    I took my elderly mother to Cineworld in Wandsworth and we had an awful evening. The first act was magnificent, emotional and so believable, leaving us feeling exhilarated and really looking forward to Acts 2 and 3. After 5 mins of Act 2 the sound went and we had 15 mins of dance with no music and then the picture kept going as well. Eventually after admitting to equipment failure in the cinema, we had to give up and to add insult to injury had to queue for 30 mins to get our money back. So frustrating as this new ballet was wonderful, the dancing in the first act was extraordinary and I just want to see the rest of it but sadly will have to wait until it is shown again, goodness knows when!

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 29 April 2014 at 2:47pm

      Dear Helen

      Very sorry to hear that you had a disappointing experience. I have passed on your comments about the screening to our cinema team who will be in touch with the venue directly.

      Best wishes


    • William Swales responded on 29 April 2014 at 4:00pm

      sadly will have to wait until it is shown again, goodness knows when!

      According to Darsey Bussel it is to be shown again at CHRISTMAS. Check out to see all the upcoming performances from The Royal Opera House.

  30. Jelena responded on 29 April 2014 at 1:56pm Reply

    It was absolutely fantastic! I can cry watching operas, but never watching ballets so far - exception was seeing Natalis Ossipova in Don Quichote - but here i was crying because her skills and beautiful dancing madew me emotional. Watching The Winter's tale - emotional was the story, the dancers - really should say actors here, because their acting was fantastic. And all 3 acts were so different in music, dancing pattern, so this ballet would satisfy a supporter of any ballet - classical, modern. The collaboration of Joby Talbot and Christopher Wheeldon is so effective, we are lucky to see this wonderful ballet, and I think these 2 artists will create more of the magnificent works! it is a great potential!

  31. Rachel Pelly responded on 29 April 2014 at 2:00pm Reply

    Watched this fabulous new production at Port Solent, Portsmouth. Can't praise the whole company enough. Stunning new ballet, superb music and expressive choreography and emotions brilliantly interpreted. I have been watching ballet all my life and being able to get up close in the cinema has added a whole new level of enjoyment. Thank you for these live streams, the interviews and background information enhances the show.

  32. David Wilson responded on 29 April 2014 at 2:09pm Reply

    This production showed one advantage of cinema over live attendance ie the facial expressions,particularly by Watson in his madness, wrere clearly seen and enhanced the performance

  33. Sharon Goodenough responded on 29 April 2014 at 3:00pm Reply

    Thoroughly enjoyed last night's screening of "The Winter's Tale" (watched in Winchester) - fantastic choreography, music, sets and costumes. However, would love to be able to access the full cast list without having to purchase the Digital Guide (a full cast list was made available on-line after "The Sleeping Beauty" in March); why can this not be made available on-line for no charge? ROH audiences are provided with a full cast list free of charge, so this should also be provided to the cinema audiences.

  34. Anne Hall responded on 29 April 2014 at 4:20pm Reply

    Most impressive dancing by Ed Watson. Acts I and II very strong with brilliant choreography and so well executed. Act III a bit of an anti climax I'm afraid.

  35. Carol Evans responded on 29 April 2014 at 4:44pm Reply

    Please, please screen The Winter's Tale again for those of us who couldn't make it. I implore!!

    • Hi Carol,

      Some Cinemas are doing an encore showing (recording of the live relay) - have a look at our Cinemas page, if you search for any production in the next 30 days it should show you the ones doing it. There might be some others not listed there, so it might be worth a check with your local cinema as well if it isn't listed.

      Hope this helps,

      Mark Thackeray
      Broadcast Engineer, Royal Opera House

  36. Elaine Barnes responded on 29 April 2014 at 4:46pm Reply

    Really enjoyed last nights performance - Ed Watsons descent into jealousy was amazing.
    Loved Act 2. Act 3 is possibly still a work in progress - the scene change in the middle really needs to be re-thought as it just killed the emotional connection - just going to a blank curtain - I think there could be a much more artistic solution.

  37. Nelson responded on 29 April 2014 at 5:01pm Reply

    Another great performance by everyone at the ROH, well done and thank you so much.

    We were all given a very poor quality print-out of the "fact sheet" by the cinema. Can you post a copy on-line please? While I understand this is an issue with the cinema concerned, but unfortunately the handout only bears the name "ROH", "Royal Ballet", etc. and none of the cinema's!

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 30 April 2014 at 9:33am

      Hi Nelson,

      Cast sheets are posted on a couple of days before broadcast, so for future screenings you'll be able to download them from there (in multiple languages).


      ROH Content Producer

  38. fliss responded on 29 April 2014 at 5:13pm Reply

    Am in France and went with my elderly French neighbourvot see this in Narbonne. We both the first facto long and overacted but loved the rest.
    Sadly the music was appallingly loud which spoilt the whole night. My neighbour put cotton wool in her ears to try and block the sound. Other people there also complained about the high level sound.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 30 April 2014 at 9:33am

      Hi Fliss,

      The sound problem would have been due to the levels at your particular cinema. Did any of the audience speak to the cinema manager? We will be in contact with them in regards to this to ensure it's put right for future screenings.


      ROH Content Producer

  39. Sue Birch responded on 29 April 2014 at 5:21pm Reply

    A wonderful performance - congratulations to Christopher Wheeldon and Joby Talbot on a great new ballet. Edward Watson was amazing - I was really pleased to be seeing his performance at the cinema so that I could see his facial expressions. Act I in particular was an emotional roller coaster but I was also very moved by Act III and almost in tears at the end. Thank you ROH.

  40. All the superlatives have been said in previous comments. After the first act I was speechless, stunned, emotional. The second act was like a beautiful painting brought to life. The third act tugged at the heart strings. It was like watching real people. I wanted to shake Leontes until he came to his senses. I despaired when Hermione lost her children. I loved Florizel for his happiness and determination. The whole production of this Winter's Tale is spectacular. The dancing, acting, beautiful choreography and music, lighting and amazing scenery. Christopher Wheeldon, Joby Talbot and the Royal Ballet have created a masterpiece that will live forever.

  41. Mark Fraser responded on 29 April 2014 at 5:42pm Reply

    Stunning in so many ways. The movement was amazing but also the staging ... the ship chase at the end of Act 2 was pure genius. (Watched it in Paderborn, Germany)

  42. David Brinkman responded on 29 April 2014 at 6:04pm Reply

    Would I be picky by pointing out that Shakespeare wrote this in 1623 and I presume that the time of the story was well before that (Ancient Greece?).

    So why did the ROH see fit to have a picture of a sailing ship that would have been built in the late 19th century musicians used an accordion again from the same period and many of the caste in modern hats (I could go on but I won't)

    Yes the sound far too loud in the second Act.

    I thought the dancers did a very good job of putting on a very good Triple with very little link between the 3 Acts as highlighted by Joby Talbot.

    Christopher Wheeldon needs to look very hard at the choreography of MacMillan where every step and PDD had a meaning rather than the over the top cluttered choreography that we saw last night.

    Sorry to be so negative or was I missing something?

    • Peter Erdos responded on 1 May 2014 at 2:36pm

      just to point out a " Slight" mistake. Shakespeare died in 1616 so it would have been difficult for him to write the Winters Tale in 1623

    • Mark Fraser responded on 1 May 2014 at 8:25pm

      in a literal sense you cleraly have a point ... but doesn't all thinking just get in the way of relaxing into enjoying it?

  43. me & my 15 year old daughter saw it for the first time at Cheshire Oaks and were mesmerised..... very impressed ... plus i doubt very much we would have been able to afford to see it live as in house so it was great for us to see at the cinema ... still a great atmosphere.... will be definitely wanting to see more... thank you x

  44. Rachel Evers responded on 29 April 2014 at 6:16pm Reply

    Absolutely loved it! Would be so happy if the music was made available to buy, Joby Talbot is a genius!

  45. 'the Winter's Tale' worked really well as a film. I think the whole ballet is brilliant as I did when seeing it at ROH on 15th. A moment I was impressed by at ROH was when Mamillius stood at the top of the stairs. Having noticed his shadow cast on the stage my eyes were drawn up to the top of the stairs. This was missed at the cinema.
    I thought Act 3 was beautiful; Lauren Cuthbertson and Edward Watson's pas de deux brought tears to my eyes.
    The whole ballet was excellent.

  46. Tatjana Boleslawski responded on 29 April 2014 at 7:34pm Reply

    Sooooo disappointed! Could have been one of the best ballet evenings for a long time...
    Wonderful choreo, fantastic dancers, beautiful set and costumes...BUT in the middle of act 3 the screen went black and it was all over for us watching in Cinemaxx Augsburg, Bavaria. Not a snap for 25 € for each ticket whereas money is not the most important thing in that case!
    I was nearly crying on our way home.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 30 April 2014 at 9:30am

      Hi Tatjana,

      Sorry to hear about your experience and the technical problems. We'll be in contact with the cinema in question to ascertain the reasons for this. We'd recommend speaking to the cinema in question in regards to a refund.

      Thanks and apologies again,

      ROH Content Producer

  47. Saw the production at Esher Odeon and I loved it! Just brilliant! Congratulations to everybody associated with this wonderful ballet.

  48. Vyv Pass responded on 29 April 2014 at 8:54pm Reply

    Excellent music ,movement, enjoyed it so much but missed clapping my applause as I was in a cinema Won't rest now till I see it feel it and can appreciate the aura

  49. Richard Simon responded on 29 April 2014 at 9:00pm Reply

    This was the most amazing ballet I have seen in all my life, what an absolutely enjoyable evening. I was so exhausted just watching it.

  50. Francis Wilkinson responded on 29 April 2014 at 10:38pm Reply

    Everything worked very well in our local cinema in Gerrards Cross and a full auditorium was able to watch a fabulous performance. Brilliant dancing, wonderful production, congratulations to all.

  51. penelope simpson responded on 30 April 2014 at 8:11am Reply

    Could we have some response, please, regarding Darcey Bussell's poor performance? This is being widely commented upon yet no reaction from ROH. At the very least she could surely be trained to use a microphone?

  52. Clive Cotton responded on 30 April 2014 at 12:38pm Reply

    Wow! What an exhausting first act. I didn't know the story and I couldn't read the synopsis because the cinema lights were too low- it didn't matter a jot; the wonderful dancers of the Royal Ballet together with the super set and lighting said it all. I was so inspired I've paid for a pair of pointe shoes!

  53. Pavlina Christova responded on 30 April 2014 at 1:54pm Reply

    It is a pity that ROH ballets are not shown in Brussels. We had to go 60 km away but we were not disappointed. There were about 10 people in the cinema. There would have been much more if it was shown in Brussels!

  54. Overheard leaving the cinema on Monday: "Just imagine how wonderful the atmosphere must be in the Opera House".
    "Imagine! You could FEEL it!"
    If only they'd applaud they'd feel it even more.

  55. Natalie responded on 30 April 2014 at 8:51pm Reply

    What a great evening! Watched it in Freiburg in Germany. It was my first tine and won`t be the last tine!

  56. steve beart responded on 30 April 2014 at 10:37pm Reply

    Clapping in a cinema .....oh goodness ....what ever next?? ....of course you should applaud if you wish and we could not stop ourselves if we had wished to....even though we were, as said before exhausted and drained by the performance..... I for one am still tense and shudder when I tell friends of the performances from all concerned.
    Peter O`Toole was very good as leontes....(forgive me but he was a dead ringer in places ...and it worked for me).

    Thankyou so much for the unforgetable experience that you created for us.

  57. steve beart responded on 30 April 2014 at 10:41pm Reply

    ps..was it just me or was Paulina`s role not the most stunning display of compassion ....okay just me then....thanks again

  58. penelope simpson responded on 1 May 2014 at 10:30am Reply

    No, not just you Steve. Paulina was so beautifully danced and acted it took my breath away. What a night.

  59. simon fisher responded on 1 May 2014 at 2:03pm Reply

    I'm afraid that while the ballet was magnificent - and others have commented enough on its glories for me to forebear - the presenter was embarrassingly poor. This is not what she is good at (much else is) and I we were truly surprised that there had been no attempt to learn to read an auto cue, to hold a microphone in the right place and to ask questions without seeming patronising. These broadcasts are a showpiece for the Royal Ballet and deserve more competent presentation.

  60. Mary responded on 1 May 2014 at 5:54pm Reply

    The ballet was excellent in many ways and the interval film interesting- these cinema relays are a wonderful thing and the more of them the better- but I agree with the above comment, that a new presenter is needed who has professional skills, and a script which engages with the ballet and the interviewees in an intelligent manner.

  61. Rita khatri responded on 2 May 2014 at 12:40am Reply

    The winters tale was just superb in every way. Such amazing dancing and acting. 2nd act with the huge green tree was just so magical with the dancers . Wonderful costumes. I felt transported into a beautiful tale. Such a great production .I would love to see it again !!!!! I enjoyed the whole cast and music so much!!!!!!! Well done !!!!!

  62. Bernice responded on 2 May 2014 at 8:09pm Reply

    The most moving ballet experience I've ever had: Choreography, music, design and all the leads were stunning. Surprising that so few comments have picked out Zen's performance as Paulina. One of the most remarkable dancer/actors we have and my only disappointment was that I felt her role was underwritten, especially in the final act when her personal loss could have been given more opportunity for expression. Also, in the screening it was intensely annoying that her individual curtain call was lost whilst we had more waffle from Darcey.
    Do these screenings really need a celebrity presenter? Why not keep it simple and just show pre-prepared interviews with those who can enrich our experience of the performance.

  63. RICHARD MASON responded on 2 May 2014 at 8:26pm Reply

    Act 1 fantastic. Act 2 too drawn out. Which spoilt act 3 for me so I considered it less wonderful than act 1. Dancing marvellous. Darcey Bussel's commentary poor - USE THE MICROPHONE PROPERLY !!

  64. Mr Chris Cooper responded on 4 May 2014 at 6:11pm Reply

    I just watched the 'encore' edition of The Winter's Tale in Bristol. I went along with some trepidation about a new ballet and music. It was stunning...everything, music, dance, scenery, parts of it moved me to tears it was so emotional.
    Thanks to R.B. & everyone (including the cinemas) for showing these performances. I shall be watching La Fille Mal Gardee on Tuesday.

  65. Barstow responded on 5 May 2014 at 9:20am Reply

    I went to see it for the second time at the Curzon Kings Road, we did not see the first act as no power. Very sad
    Other wise it was wonderful
    Have reported to my Canadian friends, that it's lovely. They are looking forward to next year when they will have it in Toronto.

  66. Denise Fleming responded on 10 May 2014 at 11:47pm Reply

    Magnificent .. X

  67. Sandra Worland responded on 11 May 2014 at 5:48pm Reply

    I was 'blown away' by Winters Tale. The acting was superb, didn't need info as the dancers said it all. The music was so dramatic. The whole ballet was a wonderful experience and I would love to see it again.

  68. Fiona Dunn responded on 15 May 2014 at 4:56pm Reply

    At last I have seen The Winter's Tale at an 'encore' mattinee in Wisbech, Cambs at the Luxe Cinema. I am completely swept away by the whole experience, it is an amazing production, with the best dancing, acting, music, sets and costumes, and will be a major success for the Royal Ballet for many, many years to come. Christopher Wheeldon is a genius not only in the choreography and essence of the whole production, but also by bringing together Joby Talbot and Bob Crowley again, and inspiring the truly wonderful Royal Ballet to make this such a successful and important world class event. It is impossible to single out the performances as each one is magnificent. And may I add that the interval talks with the dancers and the rehearsal footage presented by Darcey Bussell are always a delight and pleasure to see and hear.

  69. Derek Waymark responded on 22 May 2014 at 8:30pm Reply

    Inspirational, wonderful production! A completely absorbing performance! Top rate camera work for the "Cinecast" audiences. Thank you all so very much.

  70. Annabel Lim responded on 24 May 2014 at 12:25pm Reply

    Saw The Winter's Tale yesterday at the Palace Cinema Verona in Sydney. Such a beautiful performance from six amazing principals and the other members of the company! I loved the depth of character development, particularly from Edward Watson on his portrayal of Leontes. I think it's great to see these new narrative works and I hope to see more from the Royal Ballet!

  71. Manuela Maccà responded on 28 July 2014 at 11:56am Reply

    The ballet was wonderful! I was just wondering: will you release it on DVD? Thanks.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 30 July 2014 at 10:14am

      Hi Manuela,

      No release date has been confirmed yet, but do keep an eye on this News and Features section.


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