Ballet and Dance 2015/16. Details of The Royal Ballet’s 2015/16 Season have been announced.
Deloitte Ignite 2015
Romeo and Juliet *Live cinema relay
By Kenneth MacMillan. Music: Sergey Prokofiev
A tragic tale of star-crossed lovers: Kenneth MacMillan’s groundbreaking ballet is a 20th-century classic.
19 September at 7pm
22* | 24 | 26 September at 7.30pm
1 October at 2pm and 7.30pm
3 October at 12.30pm
9 | 23 | 29 October at 7.30pm
17 October at 7pm
3 | 5 | 11 | 20 | 23 November at 7.30pm
1 | 2 December at 7.30pm
Symphonie Dramatique (Linbury Studio Theatre)
By Hélène Blackburn
Music: Martin Tétreault
Québécois company Cas Public dance their vibrant, contemporary reimagining of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
23 | 24 | 25 September at 7.45pm
26 September at 12.30pm and 5pm
Chéri (Linbury Studio Theatre)
By Martha Clarke
Martha Clarke’s impassioned work of dance-theatre, inspired by Colette’s novels, charts the doomed love affair between a woman and a man half her age in belle-époque Paris.
September and October
Connectome / Raven Girl
By Alastair Marriott / Wayne McGregor
Music: Arvo Pärt / Gabriel Yared
A mixed programme of ballets inspired by science and fairytale, featuring works from two British choreographers closely associated with The Royal Ballet, Alastair Marriott and Wayne McGregor.
6 | 8 | 12 | 20 | 22 October at 7.30pm
10 October at 1pm
24 October at 12.30pm
Viscera / Afternoon of a Faun / Tchaikovsky pas de deux / Carmen *Live cinema relay
By Liam Scarlett / Jerome Robbins / George Balanchine / NEW Carlos Acosta
Music: Lowell Liebermann / Claude Debussy / Piotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky / Georges Bizet, arranged by Martin Yates
Carlos Acosta’s new ballet on Bizet’s tragic tale of jealousy and desire concludes this mixed programme, with works by Liam Scarlett, Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine.
26 | 28 October at 7.30pm
2 | 6 | 9 | 12* November at 7.30pm
31 October at 1.30pm and 7pm
Mixed Programme (Linbury Studio Theatre)
Phoenix Dance Theatre
By Itzik Galili / Sharon Watson / Caroline Finn
One of the UK’s leading contemporary dance companies presents an exciting mixed programme featuring works by Sharon Watson, Caroline Finn and Itzik Galili.
11 | 12 | 13 | 14 November at 7.45pm
Mixed Programme: A Passing Cloud (Linbury Studio Theatre)
Royal New Zealand Ballet
by Javier De Frutos / Neil Ieremia / Andrew Simmons / Andonis Foniadakis
The national ballet company of New Zealand performs a mixed programme of contemporary dance that celebrates New Zealand and Pasifika culture.
17 | 18 | 19 | 20 November at 7.45pm
21 November at 2.30pm and 7.45pm
Monotones I and II / The Two Pigeons
By Frederick Ashton
Music: Erik Satie / André Messager, arranged by John Lanchbery
Ashton’s sublime modernist ballet is a counterpoint to the much-anticipated revival of his charming comic romance.
18 | 19 | 24 | 27 November at 7.30pm
4 December at 7.30pm
5 December at 1.30pm and 7pm
The Nutcracker *Live cinema relay
By Peter Wright, after Lev Ivanov
Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
A young girl’s enchanted present leads her on a wonderful adventure in this classic ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s glittering score.
8 | 9 | 11 | 14 | 16* | 18 December at 7.30pm
12 December at 7pm
17 December at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
21 | 22 | 24 | 29 December at 12.30pm
23 | 28 December at 2pm and 7pm
31 December at 12 noon and 5pm
2 January at 12.30pm
5 | 6 | 8 | 13 | 14 January at 7.30pm
9 January at 1pm
Elizabeth (Linbury Studio Theatre)
By Will Tuckett and
Music: Martin Yates
Will Tuckett’s opulent full-length work fuses dance, music and theatre in its exploration of the life and loves of Queen Elizabeth I.
Rhapsody / The Two Pigeons *Live cinema relay
By Frederick Ashton
Music: Sergey Rachmaninoff / André Messager, arranged by John Lanchbery
Ashton’s celebration of virtuoso dance creates an elegant counterpoint to his charming, light-hearted romance.
16 | 30 January at 12.30pm
20 | 26* | 28 January at 7.30pm
23 January at 2pm and 7pm
After the Rain / NEW Christopher Wheeldon / Within the Golden Hour
By Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Arvo Pärt / Mark-Anthony Turnage / Ezio Bosso
The Royal Ballet celebrates the acclaimed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon with this mixed programme of three one-act ballets, including one world premiere.
12 | 16 | 17 | 19 February at 7.30pm
13 February at 12.30pm
10 | 11 March at 7.30pm
Giselle *Live cinema relay
By Marius Petipa, after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot
Music: Adolphe Adam, revised by Joseph Horovitz
The greatest of all Romantic ballets, Peter Wright’s production of Marius Petipa’s classic is a tale of betrayal, the supernatural and love that transcends death.
26 February at 7.30pm
27 February at 7pm
17 March at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
19 March at 12.30pm
22 | 23 | 29 | 31 March at 7.30pm
28 March at 2pm and 7pm
1 | 6* | 9 | 15 April at 7.30pm
2 April at 7pm
The Winter’s Tale
By Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Joby Talbot
Christopher Wheeldon’s three-act ballet adaptation of Shakespeare’s tale of love, loss and reconciliation is a triumph for The Royal Ballet.
12 | 13 | 18 | 20 | 21 | 27 | 28 April at 7.30pm
16 April at 12.30pm
30 April at 1.30pm and 7pm
21 May at 7pm
1 June at 7.30pm
7 June at 2pm and 7.30pm
10 June at 12.30pm
Frankenstein NEW *Live cinema relay
By Liam Scarlett
Music: Lowell Liebermann
The world premiere of Liam Scarlett’s new full-length ballet, inspired by Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece.
4 | 6 | 17 | 18* | 20 | 24 | 25 | 27 May at 7.30pm
7 May at 1.30pm and 7pm
NEW Wayne McGregor / The Invitation / Within the Golden Hour
By NEW Wayne McGregor / Kenneth MacMillan / Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Esa-Pekka Salonen / Mátyás Seiber / Ezio Bosso
Three ballets from three very different choreographers, all closely associated with The Royal Ballet: a world premiere from McGregor, dark drama from MacMillan and acclaimed ensemble work from Wheeldon.
28 May at 7pm
31 May at 7.30pm
3 June at 7.30pm
4 June at 12.30pm
11 June at 1.30pm and 7pm
The Royal Ballet School Summer Performance
9 July at 11.30am