From The Royal Ballet’s classical origins to the home-grown choreographers who put British ballet on the world stage, this mixed programme highlights the versatility of the Company: Raymonda Act III one act, full of sparkle and precise technique | Enigma Variations is quintessentially British | Concerto fuses classical technique with a contemporary mind
The Royal Ballet's glorious production of The Nutcracker. It is Christmas Eve and Herr Drosselmeyer the magician sweeps young Clara away on a fantasy adventure. With Tchaikovsky's glittering score, the gorgeous festive stage designs, and The Royal Ballet's captivating dancing, The Nutcracker is the perfect ballet experience.
A classic returns to The Royal Ballet repertory with Ninette de Valois’ charming and funny Coppélia – a story of love, mischief and mechanical dolls. The intricate choreography is set to Delibes’ delightful score and shows off the technical precision and comedic timing of the whole Company.
This production of The Sleeping Beauty has been delighting audiences in Covent Garden since 1946. 60 years later, the original staging was revived, returning Oliver Messel’s wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage. With Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and Marius Petipa’s original choreography beautifully, this ballet is sure to cast its spell over anyone who sees it.
The inspiration for internationally acclaimed Cathy Marston's first work for The Royal Ballet Main Stage is the momentous life and career of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré. Jerome Robbins’s elegant and elegiac classic forms the second part of the programme.
The entire Company shines in this eternal tale of doomed love, a masterpiece filled with iconic moments. Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet soars with its symphonic sweep and combines perfectly with exquisite choreography from the grand pas de deux of Prince Siegfried and Odile to the swans at the lakeside. An intoxicating mix of spectacle and intimate passion, the overall effect is irresistible.
Dante’s Divine Comedy is an epic journey through the afterlife: it encompasses the horrifying drama of Inferno and its damned, the lyrical mysticism of pilgrims on mount Purgatorio and the dazzling spheres of Paradiso with their endless configurations of light. In this new work Choreographer Wayne McGregor collaborates with an award-winning to bring us closer to Dante and his extraordinary vision.