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Publisher: Chester Music

The Winter's Tale (2013)
Chester Music Ltd
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On-Stage 'Banda': Bansuri, Dulcimer, Accordion, Percussion 1: Krin, Dundun, Spark Shaker, Finger Cymbals, Ride Cymbal and Wind Machine (off-stage) Percussion 2: Surdo, Djembe, Large Riq, Caxixi, Ride Cymbal
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Programme Note
Joby Talbot The Winter's Tale (2013)
The Winter’s Tale
Ballet in a Prologue and Three Acts

Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon
Staged by: Jacquelin Barrett and Anna Délicia Trévien from the Benesh Movement Notation score
Scenario: Christopher Wheeldon and Joby Talbot
Music: Joby Talbot
Set & Costume Design: Bob Crowley
Lighting Design: Natasha Katz
Projection Design: Daniel Brodie
Silk Effects Design: Basil Twist

A co-production of The National Ballet of Canada and The Royal Ballet (UK).

  • 12 APR 2016
    The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
    Royal Opera House

    Other Dates:
    13,16,18,20,21,27,28,30 April; 21 May; 1,4,7,10 June - The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
  • 12 APR 2016
    Royal Opera House, London
    The Royal Ballet
    David Briskin, conductor

    Other Dates:
    13,16,18,20,21,27,28,30 April; 21 May; 1,7,10 June - Royal Opera House, London
  • 19 JAN 2016
    The Winter's Tale US Premiere
    Kennedy Center, Washington DC
    National Ballet of Canada
    Choreographer, Christopher Wheeldon

    Other Dates:
    20-24 January - Kennedy Center, Washington DC
  • 14 NOV 2015
    The Winter's Tale Country Premiere
    Four Seasons Centre, Toronto, Canada
    National Ballet of Canada

    Other Dates:
    15-22 November - Four Seasons Centre, Toronto, Canada
  • 14 NOV 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    National Ballet of Canada

    Other Dates:
    15-22 November - Toronto, Canada
  • 12 APR 2014
    Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
    Royal Opera House Orchestra

    Other Dates:
    15,16,22,23,26,28,29 April; 1,8 May - Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
  • 11 APR 2014
    The Winter's Tale World Premiere
    Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
    Royal Opera House Orchestra

It is to the credit of Christopher Wheeldon that his realisation of The Winter's Tale as a three-act spectacle for the Royal Ballet is as managed as managed as it is. And in everything he is sustained by Joby Talbot's vividly responsive score.
Clement Crisp , Finacial Times,4/13/2014
Winter's Tale is one of the most fully achieved story ballets to be created at the Royal in years.
Judith Mackrell , The Guardian ,4/11/2014
What’s striking is the synthesis of dance, music and designs. Reuniting the team from his Alice in Wonderland, Wheeldon's eloquent storytelling is propelled by Joby Talbot's driving score, its rhythmic accents, perky tunes and underlying ominousness pointing us in all the right directions.
Lyndsey Winship, London Evening Standard ,4/11/2014
The Winter’s Tale is a triumph. It is contemporary and classical, traditional and modern, narrative and abstract. It feels like something entirely new...The score by Joby Talbot is equally rich; the variety of the orchestration and the momentum of the melodies make it both stirring and effective; in the second act a folk band arrives on stage without ever falling into cliché.
Sarah Crompton, The Telegraph ,4/11/2014
This exquisite new ballet by Christopher Wheeldon transports the Covent Garden audience to undiscovered waters and undreamed shores...Joby Talbot’s specially-commissioned new score is masterful, with sweeping classical strings for the rushing storyline and more jittery flutes and rattling percussion to coincide with Leontes’ descent into turmoil, and seething, vengeful orchestration for the more sinister moments.
Katherine Colombus , The Stage ,4/11/2014
With a score by Joby Talbot that flits between Hitchcockian intensity and alluring folk, Wheeldon's adaptation conveys the highs and lows of love through swooping contrasts and diverse duets.
Freire Barnes , Time Out,1/1/0001
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