Sarah Lamb and Ryoichi Hirano in Concerto ©Johan Persson/ROH 2010

Concerto / Enigma Variations / Raymonda Act III

22 October20 December 2019
The performance lasts about 2 hours and 50 minutes, including two intervals.
Main Stage
Ballet and dance
These works are performed together:
  • Concerto
  • Enigma Variations
  • Raymonda Act III

From The Royal Ballet’s classical origins in the works of Petipa, to the home-grown choreographers who put British ballet on the world stage, this mixed programme highlights the versatility of the Company. Petipa’s Raymonda Act III is Russian classical ballet summarized in one act, full of sparkle and precise technique, while Ashton’s Enigma Variations is quintessentially British in every way – from its score by Elgar and period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, to Ashton’s signature style, the essence of British ballet. Concerto, MacMillan’s fusion of classical technique with a contemporary mind, completes a programme that shows the breadth of the Company’s heritage.

Approximate running times
Concerto: 30 minutes
Interval: 30 minutes
Enigma Variations: 40 minutes
Interval: 30 minutes
Raymonda Act III: 40 minutes

Generous philanthropic support from

Aud Jebsen, Julia and Hans Rausing and The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.

Enigma Variations – Generous philanthropic support from

Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson.




ChoreographyKenneth MacMillan

MusicDmitry Shostakovich

DesignerJürgen Rose

Lighting designerJohn B. Read

Enigma Variations

ChoreographyFrederick Ashton

MusicEdward Elgar

DesignsJulia Trevelyan Oman

Lighting designJohn B. Read

Raymonda Act III

ChoreographyRudolf Nureyev

MusicAlexander Glazunov

DesignsBarry Kay

Lighting designJohn B. Read

StagingChristopher Carr


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