NEWS: Christopher Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale to Return to the Royal Opera House

This February Christopher Wheeldon’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s play will return to the Royal Opera House. 

The three act ballet based o Shakespeare’s play originally premiered at the Royal Opera House in 2014 and has since been staged  in Toronto, New York and Brisbane. It has also been nominated for  an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance, and went on to win the 2014 Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Best Classical Choreography.

This revival will feature a brand new cast – all of whom will be making their London debuts in the production. Principal dancers Akane Takada (Perdita),Alexander Campbell (Florizel) and Federico Bonelli (Leontes) are joined by Fumi Kaneko and Tierney Heap in the roles of Hermione and Paulina respectively.Principal dancer Ryoichi Hirano will also make his UK debut as Leontes, with Matthew Ball, Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød, William Bracewell and Reece Clarke all performing the role of Polixenes for the first time during the course of this revival.

The Winter’s Tale follows the unravelling of King Leontes, who suspects his wife of Hermione of infidelity with his closest friend. Driven by an obsessive jealously, Leontes’ rage has heartbreaking consequences, but, through his experience of loss and redemption, he is ultimately reconciled with his friends and estranged family in a poignant finale.

The production features music by Joby Talbot, designs by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz, projection design by Daniel Brodie and silk effects design by Basil Twist.

The Winter’s Tale will be performed at the Royal Opera House from the 13th February until the 21st March. To book tickets click here or visit:, Encore Tickets, See, Love and Theatre Tickets 

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