The Royal Ballet - The Winter's Tale
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28th April 2014
Edward Watson, Lauren Cuthbertson, Federico Bonelli, Zenaida Yanowsky, Sarah Lamb, Steve McRae
The world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's eagerly anticipated ballet based on Shakespeare's powerful romance.
Christopher Wheeldon's debut full-length ballet 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' enjoyed a rapturous reception from critics and is fast on its way to becoming a modern classic. Now he continues his hugely successful collaboration with designer Bob Crowley and composer Joby Talbot to create his first ballet based on a Shakespeare play. The Bard's late romance certainly presents plenty of intensely emotional material ripe for interpretation as a ballet. Its story takes in marital destruction through
consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child, and seemingly hopeless love. Yet despite the tone of remorse and regret, the uplifting comic ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation after a statue comes miraculously to life! For the Company, it offers an opportunity not only to create new characters for the stage but also to conjure up an entire world around them.
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