Cervantes’s story of the bumbling knight Don Quixote has inspired countless artistic interpretations. Marius Petipa choreographed this sparkling ballet about the encounters of the man from La Mancha and his faithful squire Sancho Panza. At its heart are virtuoso roles for the lovers Basilio and Kitri. Carlos Acosta chose this joyful classic for his first production for The Royal Ballet. His vibrant staging brings together the whole Company in such roles as exuberant villagers, passionate gypsies and even fantasy flowers. The story follows Don Quixote’s picaresque journey to do deeds in honourof his imaginary noble lady, Dulcinea. Sunny,charming, funny and touching – Don Quixote is a ballet as full of uplifting emotion as it is of astonishing ballet technique.
Full of wit and invention, Donizetti’s comic opera is adelight. The famous aria “Ah, Mes Amis,” with its nine high Cs, is one ofopera’s most show-stopping numbers. Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena take onthe challenging vocal fireworks in Laurent Pelly’s hilarious staging
Featuring some of the most glorious music ever written,including the Ride of the Valkyries - Die Walküre is the second of the fouroperas that comprise Wagner’s Ring cycle, a story of monsters, gods, and humanson a superhuman scale.
Leonora falls in love with Don Alvaro, but when her father forbids their marriage, a fatal accident triggers a drama of obsession, vengeance and tragedy. Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko star in Verdi’s epic La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny) an opera which demands the very best of singers for its powerful music and the fullesttheatrical treatment for its story of bitter revenge pursued across miles and years. The production comes to The Royal Operain a sensational staging from Amsterdam packed with colour and action. It is directed by Christof Loy and conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera.
Gillian Anderson (X-Files,NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We GoAgain) lead in All About Eve, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London.
All About Eve tells the story of Margo Channing. Legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve. Her biggest fan.Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve…don’t you…?
Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition,this new production, from one of the world's most innovative theatre directors,Ivo van Hove (Network, NT Live: A View from the Bridge), asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old.
All About Eve is adapted by Ivo van Hove from the 1950 Twentieth Century Fox film by Joseph LMankiewicz and the play “The Wisdom of Eve” by Mary Orr. Ivo van Hove directs this new stage version with set and lighting design from Jan Versweyveld,costume design by An D’Huys and music from double Mercury Prize-winner PJHarvey, alongside Tom Gibbons’ sound design. Casting is by Julia Horan CDG.
Photographs: Gillian Anderson by Pari Dukovic and Lily Jamesby Perou. Design: Bob King Creative.
There are many versions of the story of Faust, who trades his soul with the Devil for youth and power, but Gounod’s opera remains one of the most constantly enthralling. Michael Fabiano stars as Faust, with Diana Damrau as his beloved Marguerite and Erwin Schrott as the diabolical Méphistophélès.Virtuoso leading roles, a large chorus, sensational sets, ballet and anecstatic finale make this the epitome of theatrical spectacle – the lavish scale of French grand opera is wonderfully in evidence in this production by David McVicar, set in 1870s Paris. Above all, the music includes several of popular opera’s most recognizable numbers, performed by a cast of great international singers and the Royal Opera Chorus.
Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads Poulenc’smasterpiece. This devastating portrayal of faith and martyrdom is live in HDfor the first time.
broadcastlive from the Old Vic theatre in London in co-production with Headlong.Arthur Miller’s blistering classic drama will star Academy Award-winner SallyField (Steel Magnolias, Brothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (WhileYou Were Sleeping, Independence Day) and will be directed by Jeremy Herrin(previously directed National Theatre productions of This House and People,Places and Things).
America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joeand Kate Keller are a success story. But nothing lasts forever as long buriedtruths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.
TWO RECENT WORKS AND ONE WORLD PREMIERE SHOWCASE THE CONTEMPORARY FACE OF THE ROYAL BALLET.
The contemporary face of The Royal Ballet is shown in works from three of today’s leading choreographers. Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour is based around seven couples separating and intermingling, to music by Vivaldi and Bosso and lit with rich colours suggested by sunset.
Crystal Pite’sFlight Pattern, revived for the first time, uses a large dance ensemble and Górecki’s familiar music from his Symphony of Sorrowful Songs for a poignant and passionate reflection on migration.
Between them, a new work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, created on behalf of The Royal Ballet has its premiere to bring the contemporary truly up-to-date.
Shakespeare’s enduring love story is known the world over.Since its 1965 premiere with The Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet has become a modern ballet classic. The choreography captures the emotions of the young couple as they fall in love, despite the barriers that finally bring about the story’s tragic end. Each revival gives opportunities for new dancers to interpret the doomed lovers. The whole Company brings the colour and action of Renaissance Verona, where a busy market all too quickly bursts into sword fighting, and a family feud leads to tragedy for both the Montagues and Capulets.
Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.
Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury.
The play follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.
A company of 40 actors take to the stage of the National Theatre in this timely and moving story. RT approx. 170mins tbc
RT approx. 170mins tbc