Wednesday 24 January 2024, 6.45pm
A poetic, contemporary new staging of Dvořák’s lyric fairytale opera filmed live at the Royal Opera House in 2022 and starring Asmik Grigorian as Rusalka.
Wednesday 7 February 2024, 7.15pm
Kenneth MacMillan’s passionate ballet tells the story of Manon, who is torn between her desire for a life of splendour and riches and her devotion to her true love Des Grieux. This adaptation of Abbé Prévost’s novel embodies Kenneth MacMillan at his best, his acute insight into human psychology and his mastery of narrative choreography finding full expression in the impassioned duets of the central couple.
Tuesday 26 March 2024, 7.15pm
For all the beauty and romance of the music, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly remains a deeply moving – and troubling – story, fatally bound up with the destructive forces of imperialism. Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s poignant, painterly production stars Asmik Grigorian as Cio-Cio-San with Joshua Guerrero as Pinkerton.
Tuesday 9 April 2024, 7.15pm
The Royal Ballet celebrates the breadth of Principal Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan’s one-act ballets. Danses Concertantes, commissioned by Ninette de Valois in 1955, was MacMillan’s first major work. It is followed by Different Drummer, MacMillan’s complex and haunting balletic interpretation of Woyzeck, Georg Büchner’s play about a soldier’s descent into madness. The mixed programme concludes with Requiem, his 1976 work for Stuttgart Ballet, created in memory of its late artistic director and MacMillan’s friend John Cranko.
Wednesday 24 April 2024, 7.15pm
Tchaikovsky’s sensational score combines with the evocative imagination of choreographer Liam Scarlett and designer John Macfarlane to heighten the dramatic pathos of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s quintessential ballet classic. Swan Lake remains to this day one of the best-loved works in the classical ballet canon.
THE WINTER’S TALE
Wednesday 22 May 2024, 7.15pm
Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Christopher Wheeldon’s The Winter's Tale is an award-winning modern ballet classic adapted from Shakespeare’s profound story of love and loss.
Doors open 30 mins before screening start.