Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014. His earlier creation Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was the Company’s first full-length ballet since 1995 and is now one of its great popular successes. The Winter’s Tale has built on that success, and on its premiere was acclaimed by critics and audiences. The Winter’s Tale is a classic modern narrative ballet with powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot.
The Story centres around King Leontes who possessed by a mad jealousy, believes his pregnant wife Hermione to be having an affair with his childhood friend King Polixenes.
He orders that Hermione’s baby, Perdita, be abandoned. Hermione and their young son die of distress and Leontes is overcome with remorse. Perdita is found and raised by a shepherd, and falls in love with Florizel, son of Polixenes. They flee Polixenes, who is consumed with fury at his son’s love for a commoner, and seek shelter with Leontes. Perdita is recognized. Hermione returns and the family is reunited.
About 2 hours 30 minutes, including 2 intervals
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