Founder Music Director
Prima Ballerina Assoluta
A co-production between The Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre
Season Principal Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet
Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon generously supported by Kenneth and Susan Green
Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing, Mr and Mrs Edward Atkin CBE, Victoria Robey OBE, Charles Holloway, Richard and Delia Baker, John and Susan Burns OBE, Sue Butcher, Sir Lloyd and Lady Dorfman, David Fransen, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson, the Like Water for Chocolate Production Syndicate, the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund, the American Friends of Covent Garden and an anonymous philanthropist
The role of Tita is generously supported by Anna and Paul White MBE
The role of Pedro is generously supported by Rachael Stearns
The role of Mama Elena is generously supported by Derek and Sheila Watson
The role of Gertrudis is generously supported by Stephanie Tyrer
This performance contains sexual themes.
Brides, revolutionary soldiers and wedding guests Artists of The Royal Ballet
Students of The Royal Ballet School appear by kind permission of the Artistic Director Christopher Powney
Pedro: ‘I swear I will love you forever.’
Mama Elena: ‘You know perfectly well that being the youngest daughter means you have to take care of me until the day I die.’
Tita lives with her family on a ranch in Mexico. She falls in love with a boy, Pedro, who lives nearby, but when they want to marry, family tradition prevents it: Tita must remain unmarried in order to care for her mother. Tita’s love for cooking is such that her own emotions are transmitted to others through the food she prepares, and as her moods change in response to events in her life, the consequences for all those around her become ever more startling…
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The youngest daughter of the De la Garza household, in love with Pedro but forbidden by family tradition to marry. She has a special gift for cooking.
The son of a neighbouring ranchero, in love with Tita. He marries her sister Rosaura in the hope of remaining close to Tita.
The overbearing matriarch of the De la Garza household. She hides a secret.
DR JOHN BROWN
The family doctor from America. He loves Tita but her passionate feelings are reserved for Pedro.
The wise old cook of the De la Garza household and Tita’s closest confidant. The two bond over their shared love of food and cooking.
Tita’s sister. She marries Pedro but remains jealous of his close relationship with Tita.
Tita’s other sister. She elopes with a revolutionary soldier, and later becomes a famous revolutionary commander.
A revolutionary soldier who marries Gertrudis.
Pedro and Rosaura’s first child.
Pedro and Rosaura’s second child.
The son of Dr John by his first wife.
Pedro’s father and a neighbouring ranchero.
The family maid.
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