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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

'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 Telegraph

Christopher Wheeldon’s highly praised ballet adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale with music by Joby Talbot will be performed at the Bolshoi Ballet on the historical stage of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow for its Russian premiere on April 4-7, 2019.

First premiered at London's Royal Opera House in 2014, The Winter’s Tale was built on the success of Wheeldon and Talbot’s earlier partnership on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Judith Mackrell, writing in The Guardian, said ‘Winter's Tale is one of the most fully achieved story ballets to be created at the Royal Ballet in years’ and Katherine Colombus noted in The Stage that ‘Joby Talbot’s specially-commissioned new score is masterful.’

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 statue of Hermione appears to come miraculously 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.

Trailer for The Winter's Tale

April 4, 19.00 | April 5, 19.00 | April 6, 12.00 | April 6, 19.00  | April 7, 14.00

The Winter’s Tale
Libretto by Christopher Wheeldon and Joby Talbot after the play of the same name by William Shakespeare

Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon
Music Director: Anton Grishanin
Set and Costume Designer: Bob Crowley
Lighting Designer: Natasha Katz
Video Designer: Daniel Brodie

Composer Joby Talbot on creating The Winter's Tale's musical score:

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