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The Winter's Tale

Recorded | Ballet

Running time: The performance lasts about 2 hours 50 minutes, including two intervals

The Winter's Tale

Shakespeare’s tale of love and loss becomes compelling dance drama in Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet adaptation, with music by Joby Talbot.

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The story

King Leontes, possessed by a mad jealousy, believes his pregnant wife Hermione to be having an affair with his childhood friend King Polixenes. His actions tear their families apart.

Hermione’s baby daughter is abandoned and Hermione and their son die of distress. The baby Perdita, rescued by a shepherd, grows up to fall in love with Florizel, son of Polixenes. The young couple is reunited with the remorseful Leontes and Hermione returns from the dead.

Background

Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014. Building on the success of Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale received ecstatic praise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. It is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic.

The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet.

Credits

Choreography

Christopher Wheeldon

Scenario

Christopher Wheeldon and Joby Talbot

Music

Joby Talbot

Designer

Bob Crowley

Lighting designer

Natasha Katz

Projection designer

Daniel Brodie

Silk effects designer

Basil Twist

Performers

Conductor
Tom Seligman
Hermione
Lauren Cuthbertson
Leontes
Ryoichi Hirano
Perdita
Sarah Lamb
Florizel
Vadim Muntagirov
Paulina
Laura Morera
Polixenes
Matthew Ball
Concert Master
Ania Safonova
Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Cast sheets

Cast sheets are available as PDFs

News and features

To find out more visit the The Winter's Tale production page.