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Your Reaction: What did you think of La Bayadère live in cinemas?

The audience respond to The Royal Ballet's production of Natalia Makarova's production of this 19th-century classic ballet, live in cinemas across the world.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

13 November 2018 at 10.27pm | 56 Comments


What did you think of La Bayadère live in cinemas?
Let us know via the comments below.

If you experienced technical issues with the cinema broadcast, please email

The Royal Ballet's The Nutcracker will be streamed live to cinemas on 3 December 2018

This production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, Julia and Hans Rausing, Simon and Virginia Robertson, John and Susan Burns and The Tsukanov Family Foundation.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

13 November 2018 at 10.27pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Natalia Makarova, cinema, La Bayadere, Production, your reaction

This article has 56 comments

  1. Beautiful production. Amazing ballet. The Kingdom of Shades: mesmerizing...! Thank you all for such a terrific performance! Love from Bilbao.

  2. Mrs Brydon responded on 13 November 2018 at 11:24pm Reply

    THE most out of this world, beautiful ballet experience for myself. My daughter’s very first experience of seeing a ballet production( instead of being a dancer). It was a very precious shared experience.Thank you to the awesome dancers and to everyone involved in bringing this magical work of art to life!!! So emotional !!!! The live streaming was better than I expected.

  3. Watched the production at Broughton Cinema near Chester. Excellent production particularly the Kingdom of the Shades...Full marks for a stunning performance

  4. Aisling Murray responded on 14 November 2018 at 12:05am Reply

    This was amazing. Watching from Derry it felt like we were sitting in the best seat in the house! Wonderful dancing and great commentary. Thank you.

  5. Alison Templeton responded on 14 November 2018 at 1:19am Reply

    Absolutely wonderful! Beautiful costumes and set. Thoroughly enjoyed but let the ballet speak for itself without the interval ‘chat’ revealing of all that is about to happen.

  6. Conchita Betrán responded on 14 November 2018 at 8:27am Reply

    Amazing performance, great dancers. Absolutly brilliant first violin in II Act, congratulations! Wonderful harp and oboe as well. From Zaragoza, Spain.

  7. VASSEUR Monique responded on 14 November 2018 at 8:31am Reply

    Très belle soirée avec ce magnifique ballet que j'ai souvent vu à l'Opéra de Paris dans la production de Noureev, mais j'ai apprécié celle-ci avec ce dernier acte. Un grand BRAVO aux trois danseurs solistes et à la troupe du Royal Ballet. C'est un bonheur de voir ces retransmissions dans mon cinéma à Dinan en Bretagne. Merci

  8. Erica Bryant responded on 14 November 2018 at 9:43am Reply

    Absolutely stunning - Kingdom of Shades Corps de Ballet amazing. Hope it will not be too long until it is included in another season. - Chichester, West Sussex.

  9. Diana Manock responded on 14 November 2018 at 10:11am Reply

    A true classic ballet of love conquering all in eternity. We are blessed to see these magnificent Principal dancers and the Corps de Ballet were outstanding. LOVE the interval talks and films of rehearsals, so informative. Royal Ballet at its BEST!

  10. Jean and Alexander Watson responded on 14 November 2018 at 10:16am Reply

    An incredible performance which we enjoyed so much

  11. Juliette Folschette responded on 14 November 2018 at 10:22am Reply

    La Bayadère , ce ballet est merveilleux , c'est un des plus formidable que j' ai vu dans le Cinéma à Dudelange , Luxembourg,je suis Fan de la formule, Royal Opera House, cinéma, les danseuses et danseurs sont exeptionels. Du grand Ballet , merci beaucoup.

  12. angie collings responded on 14 November 2018 at 11:17am Reply

    I had never seen this Ballet before, and absolutely loved it. The sets were superb. The second act for the Corps de Ballet was just spellbinding to watch. My only sadness was that they didn't ALL appear for the encore at the end of the Ballet? To have Nunez and Osipova dance leading roles in the same production was the icing on the cake. Loved the music too!

  13. Francis Wilkinson responded on 14 November 2018 at 11:26am Reply

    An outstanding performance from all. Thank you.

  14. Will. responded on 14 November 2018 at 11:52am Reply

    It was without doubt one of the most perfect performance of This Wonderful Ballet La Bayadere.
    The Corps De Ballet are simply world class.They are a jewel in the crown of our Royal Ballet.
    I have been watching them since 1968 so it is 50 years of Ballet going.
    It is so wonderful to attend live screenings,as ticket prices at The ROH are simply no longer affordable,together with exorbitant train fares,our trips to London are no longer possible.
    Nunez,Osipova and Muntagirov were outstanding.
    The company are at their zenith at this present time.
    I do wish that they would tour to the provinces at some point.It would be lovely.

    • Ruth responded on 15 November 2018 at 4:50pm

      I so agree with you about touring the provinces, even if they sent out the up and coming dancers, would love to see Marianela and Vadim on other stages, thought think that would be too much to hope for, would give other dancers more stage time, I remember the days when the RB used to come to the Grand Opera House in Belfast. I'd even be happy if they sent out the costumes, now, that would be something to see some of their historic costumes up close.

  15. Madeleine responded on 14 November 2018 at 11:58am Reply

    Watched la bayadere from Basel/switzerland and enjoyed it very much. Beautiful choreography, dancers, Music especially I liked the 2nd Act with the shades, Perfect!

  16. VERONICA SHARPE responded on 14 November 2018 at 12:20pm Reply

    My husband and I were at the Vue Cinema in Paignton and you could feel the buzz from the young members of the audience before curtain up. Then you couldn't hear a pin drop. Spellbinding performances all round. First saw this production first time round when Darcey danced Gamzatti, referred to in the commentary, which I always love.
    Thank you ROH.

  17. Nick Burdett responded on 14 November 2018 at 12:29pm Reply

    That really was something quite magical. Would definitely buy a DVD of this performance.

  18. anna goodge responded on 14 November 2018 at 12:51pm Reply

    wonderful ballet!huge frustrationatcinema cityNorwich itwas sooo dark unable tosee much off first scene and thelast act.I tried complaining but was told there was nothing they c0uld do

    • Olivia Moxey responded on 14 November 2018 at 1:04pm

      Dear Anna,

      Thank you for your feedback on yesterday evening's live relay of La Bayadère.

      There were no issues with the feed leaving the ROH on the night. Therefore, we will follow up with your local cinema to see if anything can be done for future screenings.

      Best Regards,
      ROH Cinema Team

    • Will responded on 14 November 2018 at 3:19pm

      Hello Anna,
      We have had the same problems with The Darkness with Live relays at Our Local Theatre.
      I agreed it was very dark in the 1st and 3rd acts.
      The Broadcast of Swan Lake back in May was a complete disaster.
      Better luck next time,you should complain and get a refund.

  19. Pat Dixon responded on 14 November 2018 at 3:08pm Reply

    I too thought this was a magical evening but I would echo the comment about the darkness of the set particularly in the last act. There are other comments on this on a well know ballet web sight so I do not feel it was my cinema (Odeon Taunton) . We have had a problem with this cinema before but last night the transmission seemed perfect, not even any 'blips' in the sound.

  20. Ruth Clampitt responded on 14 November 2018 at 3:21pm Reply

    Loved everything but why do you persist with Darcey Bussell as presenter, she really is so wooden in her delivery, bring back Deborah Bull

  21. John Cox responded on 14 November 2018 at 4:23pm Reply

    Screening at Cineworld world Stevenage totally spoilt because, likewise, so dark.

  22. there are no words the ballet said it all!

  23. Richard Whitfield responded on 14 November 2018 at 4:50pm Reply

    Why have I not heard of this ballet? This is the best production I have ever seen. I have never heard of the composer either. Why? The choreography perfectly matched the music or was it the other way round. Utterly brilliant.

    • Will responded on 15 November 2018 at 4:41pm

      Hello Richard,
      What have you been missing ?It has been around since 1877.
      The Kirov bought act 2 to London in 1961.
      Nureyev gave The Royal Ballet Act 2 in the 60s.
      Try and get the DVD of Nureyevs Production for The Paris Opera Ballet,It knocks this production for 6.There is a full length Cd of the Ballet wIth the English Chamber Orchestra with Richard Bonynge Conducting.It is On The Decca Label.4
      Best Wishes
      Best Wishes

  24. José Góis responded on 14 November 2018 at 4:54pm Reply

    Saw it in Lisbon last evening. Incredibly beautiful production staged by former “prima ballerina” Natalia Makarova, who was once one of the best performers of “Giselle”, according to my “Dictionnaire de la danse” (ed. Larousse). It was also great to see her interview (and all the others) during the interval. Three top soloists and one of the best “corps de ballet” I had ever seen in one of the most demanding scenes of all classical ballets: the “Kingdom of Shades” scene.

  25. I had never seen La Bayadere but thought the performances were wonderful . The live broadcasts from the Royal Opera House are absolutely amazing and whoever thought of it is a genius. Long may they continue. Congratulations to everyone involved.

  26. Ronald responded on 14 November 2018 at 8:05pm Reply

    Normally watch on Luçon, France, but last night from Seville. A fabulous evening of entertainment in an almost full cinema with a lot of young people and lots of men in the audience too. Good snacks and Cava put on by the management at the interval. Excellent all round. Great orchestra.
    So sad I will not be able to participate in other performances when I am in Orlando, Florida in Jan and Feb. Why have you abandoned Orlando?

  27. Diana Lynn responded on 14 November 2018 at 8:27pm Reply

    Any reason why it was not shown in Newcastle Upon Tyne? I didn't check the listings, as the Gate always does the live stream, so turned up, only to be told it was not being shown with no explanation why.
    When I got home I found it was only streamed iin Cramlington but all the other ballets are being streamed as usual at the Gate
    "Bayadere" is one of my favourite ballets, especially with such a stellar cast, so I was devasted not to see it.
    Any chance of a dvd being made? I have one but it is from several years ago.

  28. Elizabeth Bailey responded on 14 November 2018 at 8:35pm Reply

    I watched La Bayadere in The Omniplex Cinema Near Belfast and it was wonderful. I have the DVD and never tire of watching it. I look forwRd to more live steaming in cinemas.

  29. Marion Brown responded on 14 November 2018 at 10:48pm Reply

    The performances were perfect. A beautiful production with wonderful costumes and sets. I felt the filming spoilt it, though, especially the Kingdom of the Shades. I felt like we missed so much because we couldn't see the whole stage

  30. I enjoyed La Bayadere so much and had never seen this classic before. The Corps were wonderful no less. I was so impressed with the soft landing of all the RBC dancers and ballerinas in all the allegro work. Congrats all round!

  31. Elizabeth Tebbutt responded on 15 November 2018 at 12:40am Reply

    I loved every minute of this amazing ballet! Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov were incredible as were Natalia Osipova and Gary Avis.
    As for the corps in the Kingdom of the Shades, they were spectacular! I really think the RB corps is the best in the world!
    Congratulations to the entire cast!
    I watched in Chichester, West Sussex

  32. Ann Zielonka responded on 15 November 2018 at 8:56am Reply

    Where was it shown please?

  33. Wing Wong responded on 15 November 2018 at 9:28am Reply

    Enjoyed the evening with my wife who hasn't seen this ballet before. One minor criticism - on the Kingdom of the Shades , 32 Shades would have been much more spectacular than 24.

  34. This was my first visit to a live screening of ballet and my friend’s first live screening ever (and she’s a new grandma!) Had a wonderful evening thanks. The ‘live’ness of it all was amazing although the audience in Broughton Park on the border of Wales and England was very tentative in its applause. Do people applaud in other cinemas?

  35. Alex responded on 15 November 2018 at 9:48am Reply

    This is The Royal Ballet at their best for many many decades! Mr O'Hare has turned the RB in probably THE best ballet company in the world right now. The Corps de ballet is world class and their many outstanding Principals from Nunez and Osipova to Naghdi and Takada, Bonelli, Ball and Muntagirov (as well as some pretty amazing soloists) makes this THE ballet company to watch!

  36. Richard responded on 15 November 2018 at 11:06am Reply

    Re Olivia's reply to Anna .. no issues with the feed, maybe, but the stage lighting itself was clearly below par. Too dark for much of the time and dancers kept disappearing. This was also true to a degree when I saw the production live in the ROH, but was worse as seen filmed. The temple destruction scene was totally lost, apart from the wandering candles. Not good enough I'm afraid - disrespectful to the wonderful dancers and to the audience.

  37. Zena Desbottes responded on 15 November 2018 at 3:28pm Reply

    Incredible performance from Vadim & Marianela, Christopher & Alexander - we were a little concerned what time he would get to bed after removing ALL his gold plating!! Wonderful to see Natalia Makarova still at work. Thank you to the soloists in the ROH Orchestra, espec violinist during The Shades. Only query was Natalia Osipova's feet. Her pointe shoes looked so very soft & worn. Perhaps a reason to sign up to the Pointe Shoes Appeal. Thanks to all who contributed towards a very fine ROH performance. An incredible evening.

  38. Caroline responded on 15 November 2018 at 11:27pm Reply

    The whole ballet and presentation was simple marvellous! Congratulations from sheringham Norfolk!!

  39. Annie Oldfield responded on 16 November 2018 at 12:09pm Reply

    It was an ambition that I never thought would be achieved - to watch The Royal Ballet company dance La Bayadere. Thank you so much to all who made this technically achievable and that I could go to my local cinema and feel I was at the Royal Opera House. One happy lady - thank you to you all. x

  40. Mira Taylor responded on 16 November 2018 at 1:47pm Reply

    Great production and fabulous dancing. Especially impressed with the corps in the Shades scene (I gather there were 20 novice Shades too) so bravo to everyone. Vadim was immaculate as usual, Nela wonderfully expressive (loved her 'lotus' arm shapes in Act 1) and Natalia was every inch the princess. Lovely to see Natalia Makarova take a curtain call at the end. Real treat, thank you. Watched from Odeon in Brighton. Couldn't tweet as Screen 6 is like a bunker and there was no wifi signal--so am making up for it on here :)

  41. Gary Hurst responded on 17 November 2018 at 7:24pm Reply

    We took it all in at the wonderful Kinema in the Woods, in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. My first live screening, really enjoyed it and we’ll be looking at future showings for definite.
    It’s the first time I’ve seen La Bayadère and we both thought it was magnificent!

  42. Dipti Shah responded on 18 November 2018 at 1:16am Reply

    ROH, will there be a repeat recorded cinema viewing available at a future date?
    I sure hope so! There were no locations close to my city, so we couldn’t view it live on 13 Nov.
    Thanks much!

  43. Elizabeth Twohig responded on 18 November 2018 at 3:31pm Reply

    Principals, set., costumes all superb and 90 per cent of the corps de ballet. What a pity some were just slightly out of sync from time to time, arms and head movements astray.

  44. Dorothy Bertola responded on 18 November 2018 at 4:37pm Reply

    Sunday encore in Oxford and it's superb. Saw this last week with principal dancer's role reversal and if possible this might be better. Great to see all the wondeful detail.

  45. Masako responded on 19 November 2018 at 4:18pm Reply

    I have just watched it at Picturehouse, Oxford.

    As always, Marianella was just soooooo perfect. As she was Nikia, who is actually very perfect when she was alive and afterwards she was also a ghost the most of the time, she acted that part out so stunningly!

    That said, I must say that with this particular production, I can finally understand Gamzetti with rational characterization. That’s thanks to Osipova, whose dance I saw for the first time! But her loneliness because of Solor’s reaction, and very reasonable anger towards Nikia were so expressive, and it actually brought tears to my eyes.

    I also think, as Darcy pointed out, that maybe the leading two dancers can switch their roles and still Macarova can make an amazing production, because they are such wonderful actresses as well as being so technologically astounding!

    Finally being Japanese myself, I noticed a pretty soloist with beautiful arabesques, and that must be Akane Takada. It was such a joy to see her dance.

  46. Rozalla Granville responded on 19 November 2018 at 4:25pm Reply

    This wonderful heritage piece is surely one of the jewels in the crown of the Royal Ballet's repertoire.

    Let us hope that Yolanda Sonnabend's fabulous sets and costumes, together with Natalia Markova's incredible choreography and characterisation, are handed down safely to the next generation of Royal Ballet dancers and audiences.

    British ballet would be sadly diminished, for so many reasons, if this beautiful piece were to be dropped or changed.

  47. Philip Palmer responded on 5 December 2018 at 9:47am Reply

    The performance was simply stunning! I last saw this in 1989 at its first airing at the ROH when Darcy Bussell danced on of the principal roles and on this occasion she introduced it!
    The cinema is a great way to be able to see ballet and opera now I’ve retired to the country. So much so my granddaughter and I enjoyed the opening night of the Nutcracker earlier this week.

  48. Celia responded on 7 December 2018 at 12:22am Reply

    fabulous work, with fabulous dancers. I had the privilege of enjoying two performances where Natalia Osipova and Marianela Nuñez demonstrated all their technique and passion in the language of ballet. I will continue betting and moving from another continent to enjoy classic works in the best theaters in the world. Congratulations are the best of the best

  49. Andrew Scott responded on 23 December 2018 at 6:32pm Reply

    This was a fabulous performance with great dancing, costumes and set. But what I would like to know is the name of the ballerina who fell over about 5 min in, was she ok and did she get into trouble or embarrassed about it

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 24 December 2018 at 10:44am

      Hi Andrew,

      Occasionally dancers fall or slip over, due to the nature of live performance. It is of course unfortunate but no one gets in trouble, and we have a team of health care professionals ready and waiting to help should they sustain an injury.

      Best wishes,


  50. Gianna responded on 25 December 2018 at 2:31am Reply

    Loved it! Question: the portrait onstage in act 1, scene 2... who was it supposed to represent?

  51. Norma Rothwell responded on 20 January 2019 at 12:10pm Reply

    Wish so much I could have seen this screening but none near enough to Middleton, Manchester. Better luck for future ballets in 2019.

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