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The Dream Mixed Digital Programme


Supported by Nesta, Arts & Humanities Research Council and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Introduction to the ballets

Watch: the trailer

The Dream synopsis

Read a synopsis of Frederick Ashton's ballet based on William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Dance without Time

Ismene Brown tells the story of how Ashton's Symphonic Variations came to be one of his greatest ballet creations

Watch: Bennet Gartside dancing on pointe

First Soloist Bennet Gartside talks about dancing on pointe in the role of Bottom

Watch: behind the scenes at The Royal Ballet

Soloist Kristen McNally takes us on a tour of her favourite places behind the scenes at The Royal Ballet

Listen: musical contrasts

Watch: Ashton works in rehearsal

Watch rehearsals of Marguerite and Armand and The Dream during an ROH insight evening.

Watch: Symphonic Variations in the rehearsal room

Royal Ballet Principals Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov perform a section of Frederick Ashton's Symphonic Variations

Watch: the role of Puck in rehearsal

Guest Principal Ballet Master Christopher Carr rehearses The Dream with Luca Acri and Marcelino Sambé

Full Live Cinema cast 7 June 2017

As with all live performances there can be last minute changes to the announced cast. Once the cast of the Live Cinema broadcast on 7 June 2017 is confirmed, you will find a full listing here.