The Winter's Tale by Christopher Wheeldon, music by Joby Talbot

Ryoichi Hirano (Leontes), Lauren Cuthbertson (Hermione), Sarah Lamb (Perdita), Vadim Muntagirov (Florizel), Laura Morera (Paulina), Matthew Ball (Polixenes) — The Royal Ballet

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Christopher Wheeldon — Choreographer

Bob Crowley — Stage design

Natasha Katz — Lighting

Daniel Brodie — Projection designer

Jacquelin Barrett — Staging

Christopher Saunders — Staging

Ryoichi Hirano — Leontes

Lauren Cuthbertson — Hermione

Sarah Lamb — Perdita

Sasha Dobrynin-Lait — Mamillus

Laura Morera — Paulina

Bennet Gartside — Antigonus

Matthew Ball — Polixenes

Vadim Muntagirov — Florizel

Thomas Whitehead — Steward

Gary Avis — Father Shepherd

Marcelino Sambé — Brother Clown

Program notes

From the prestigious Royal Ballet at world-famous Covent Garden comes this Shakespearean adaptation by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, already considered a modern-day classic! Building on the success of his ballet version of Alice in Wonderland, Wheeldon brought the Bard to the ballet stage in 2014 to rapturous acclaim from critics and audiences alike, who praised its intelligent and emotionally potent story, told through exquisite dance.

The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret—and after a seemingly miraculous return to life—the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley, atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, and brilliant work from the soloists and the corps de ballet, Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet, “lighting up the stage like a shaft of sunlight” (The Independent, in a five-star review); “Christopher Wheeldon’s 2014 ballet is one of his finest, with complex storytelling and ecstatic dances.”

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