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Christopher Wheeldon to choreograph The Winter’s Tale in ROH 2013/14 season

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The Royal Ballet’s 2013/14 season will include a new full-length work from artistic associate Christopher Wheeldon, which will be based on Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.

It will run from April 10 to May 8, 2014 on the main stage and is the second full narrative piece from Wheeldon, following Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 2011.

Also included in Kevin O’Hare’s second season as artistic director will be a new production of Don Quixote created by the company’s principal guest artist Carlos Acosta.

The show opens the programme and runs from September 30 to November 6, 2013, with Acosta dancing the lead role in select performances.

Three new one-act ballets from David Dawson, Alastair Marriott and Wayne McGregor will feature as part of triple bills, and over Christmas the company will perform Peter Wright’s version of The Nutcracker and George Balanchine’s Jewels.

In the Linbury Studio Theatre, National Dance Company Wales will open the programme in October with a mixed bill of new works, while Liam Scarlett’s Hansel and Gretel will be revived in January 2014.

Meanwhile, the Royal Opera’s programme will include seven new productions on the main stage from directors including Kasper Holten, Stephen Langridge and Stefan Herheim.

Artistic director Holten will present a new production of Don Giovanni, while Langridge will direct Wagner’s last opera, Parsifal, and Herheim will make his debut at the Covent Garden venue with Verdi’s Les Vepres siciliennes.

The Linbury Studio Theatre will host five new commissions and two UK premieres, including an adaptation of Iain Banks’s novel The Wasp Factory from composer Ben Frost, and Italian composer Luca Francesconi’s Quartett, which is based on Heiner Muller’s play of the same name.














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