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Your Reaction: What did you think of The Winter's Tale 2018?

Christopher Wheeldon's colourful Shakespearean adaptation returns to The Royal Ballet.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

14 February 2018 at 11.02am | 18 Comments

Press reviews:
Telegraph ★★★★
Times (£) ★★★★
Independent ★★★★
Financial Times ★★★★
Bachtrack ★★★★

What did you think of The Winter's Tale?
Let us know via the comments below.

The Winter's Tale runs until 21 March 2018. Tickets are still available.

The ballet will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 28 February 2018. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list

It is a co-production with the National Ballet of Canada and is staged with generous philanthropic support from Kenneth and Susan Green.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

14 February 2018 at 11.02am

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

This article has 18 comments

  1. Dillon Naylor responded on 14 February 2018 at 5:18pm Reply

    I'll never forget when I first saw this ballet at the cinema in the US in February 2015! So glad it will be screened again, it truly is a classic and a model for all story ballets to come.

  2. Robin Smith responded on 15 February 2018 at 12:50am Reply

    I wish the ROH would remove the top of the curtain so those of us on the sides (or even the top of the Ampitheatre) could see more of the stage. I was sat 8 seats along away from the stage in the Lower Slips and could only see one side of the tree in Act 2 and none of the middle section.

  3. Pauline Fletcher Pettersson responded on 15 February 2018 at 9:12pm Reply

    I saw the Winter's a Tale in Brisbane,Australia last year,good production.
    Also,The Nutcracker at Gold Coast cinema in 2017,excellent.
    I like the cinema production ,as it brings ROH, productions to all corners of the world.
    The last time the RB performed in Australia was 20 yrs ago.

  4. John Humm responded on 15 February 2018 at 10:00pm Reply

    Beautiful performances by a world class company. The ballet really involves the audience with the story. BUT there is an imbalance. Great storytelling in the first act. The second act as a display of amazing talent but does progress the story only a little. The very short third sct was high in dramatic impact but not sufficient as a separate act. Flawed but most enjoyable with a fantastic cast

  5. Absolutely incredible. Saw it tonight... one of the best ballets I’ve seen.

  6. Judy Harrison responded on 16 February 2018 at 11:55pm Reply

    Went to see this tonight and it was amazing . The music, the sets , the choreography , all brilliant.
    The dancing was outstanding & very moving. Think it was the best ballet I’ve seen. Love Francesca Hayward.

  7. Manon1753 responded on 17 February 2018 at 11:04am Reply

    According to the search tool on your website, there is to be no live broadcast in Syndey, Australia. Is this correct?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 19 February 2018 at 12:38pm

      You're correct - unfortunately we're not able to present a live relay of The Winter's Tale in Australia.

      However, Swan Lake and Manon (as well as The Royal Opera's upcoming productions) will be relayed across the country, including Sydney. Hope you can join us for them.

      Best wishes and sorry to disappoint,


  8. Emma responded on 17 February 2018 at 5:38pm Reply

    Saw last nights performance and it was mesmerising. The set, the music and the dancers were all amazing, especially Francesca Hayward. One of the best ballets I have seen at ROH.

  9. Ninette Hartley responded on 18 February 2018 at 1:43pm Reply

    I went to see The Winter's Tale last Friday 16th February. It was a magnificent performance, the sets, choreography, music - all outstanding. Francesca Hayward is going to be a big star for the Royal Ballet...hang on to her!

  10. Richard responded on 19 February 2018 at 12:03pm Reply

    Francesca Hayward is ALREADY a big star for the Royal Ballet in my book ! She was just magical on Friday - but the other principals and indeed the whole Corps were brilliant too. And there are some other fantastic cast line ups as well. So many aspects of emotional light and shade in this production. Music, sets, too - just great! Well done RB

  11. Jane responded on 25 February 2018 at 8:50am Reply

    Saw this at matinee yesterday and think Hirano, Cuthbertson and Morera were fantastic, Hirano especially. Not entirely sure whether Muntagirov is suited to being a country swain however (though maybe that's the point - he is actually a prince!). Still think McRae is better.

  12. Caro Rand responded on 25 February 2018 at 10:19am Reply

    Saw the matinee yesterday, and what a performance. Every time I see this ballet I appreciate something new. Ryoichi Hirano was wonderful - I've only seen Ed Watson before - and I loved the different characterisation. Particularly poignant was the reconciliation pas de deux. All the performers were outstanding, This is definitely one of my favourite ballets, and I've been coming since I was 10 - a very long time ago!!

  13. Judge responded on 26 February 2018 at 12:45pm Reply

    Really enjoyed this last time around, and loved it again on Saturday evening (24th Feb). Federico and Lukas as the quarrelling brothers, Fumi as Hermione, Alexander Campbell as Florizel all excellent. Special mention for Tierney Heap as Paulina, she was absolutely superb. Score played brilliantly under the charismatic Alondra de la Parra’s baton (hope to see more of her in future). But most of all what a delightful surprise that Francesca Hayward was Perdita, as we haven’t had the chance to see her in ages (of course sorry this was as a result of Akane’s injury). She lit up the already colourful second act, and the bittersweet conclusion.

    In response to John Humm’s comments above, I couldn’t disagree more about Act II. Yes there was not a lot of story here, but it set a delightful pastoral scene important to the play and characters, and a chance for a lot of dance, all very much in keeping the great classical tradition.

  14. Morton D. Paley responded on 1 March 2018 at 11:38am Reply

    The Feb 28 perfromance was on the whole splendid. I love Lauren Cuthbertson' long line, Sarah Lamb was especially brilliant and Muntagirov was excellent. Ryoichi Hirano's Leontes was not up to Edward Watson's (which I have on DVD). Does Wheeldon mean to imply that Hermione and Mamillius were indeed lovers? Otherwise why their highly erotic duo among he statue?. In the play, of course, Leontes' suspicion is entirely pathological.

    • ML responded on 28 April 2018 at 10:34pm

      Not Mamilius- that would be weird (and not a Shakespeare or Wheeldon ballet). Mamilius is Hermione and Leontes' little son. You're thinking of Polixenes. Wheeldon made Hermione and Polixenes appear at the statues because they were part of Leontes' imagination/ paranoia. If it were real, they wouldn't be carrying on less than six feet away from her husband.... they'd probably have checked they were alone first.

  15. Caroline Assheton responded on 4 March 2018 at 4:33am Reply

    Lauren Cuthbertson in A Winter’s Tale looked magnificent! Thanks a beautiful production.

  16. Morton D. Paley responded on 20 March 2018 at 10:15pm Reply

    I loved Sarah Lamb as Perdita.

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