Royal Ballet and Royal Opera: 2016 / 2017 Season

ROH_RBThe new Royal Opera & Ballet season has been announced, here are the dates for your diary.

26th September 2016 – Royal Opera House: Norma

17th October 2016 – Royal Opera House: Cosi Fan Tutte

2nd November 2016 – Royal Ballet: Anastasia

15th November 2016 – Royal Opera House: Les Contes d’Hoffmann

8th December 2016 – Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

31st January 2017 – Royal Opera House: Il Trovatore

8th February 2017 – Royal Ballet: Woolf Works

28th February 2017 – Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

30th March 2017 – Royal Opera House: Madama Butterfly

11th April 2017 – Royal Ballet: Jewels

7th June 2017 – Royal Ballet: The Dream / Symphonic Variations / Marguerite & Armand

28th June 2017 – Royal Opera House: Otello

Some cast details are still to be confirmed, we will update the event pages as information is received.

As usual, tickets will go on sale approximately six weeks before broadcast for members and five weeks for non-members.

Royal Ballet: Frankenstein

We were wondering who had composed the music for the Royal Ballet production Frankenstein which comes to Tideswell Cinema on the 18th May.

The answer is American composer Lowell Liebermann.

Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett has previously choreographed Viscera, Euphotic and Gargoyles to his music.

More details about Lieberman can be found at his website here
and you can read about their collaboration on the Royal Opera House site here

Romeo and Juliet – Royal Opera House

ROMEO AND JULIET ;

We will be showing William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet live from the Royal Opera House on Tuesday 22nd September at 7.15pm. 

Kenneth MacMillan’s famous version of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy set to Prokofiev’s magnificent score returns to open the 2015/16 Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season.

This Romeo and Juliet is rich in the swaggering colour of Verona street life and in sword fights and celebrations, but MacMillan’s focus is always on the complex emotions of the young lovers – especially on Juliet as she journeys through the delirious happiness of first love to a shocked, adult perception of her fate. Juliet is one of the most coveted of all ballerina roles, and as MacMillan’s ballet enters its 50th year it resonates as deeply with audiences today as when it was first seen half a century ago.

Please arrive in time to register and order interval drinks should you wish.

The George Inn serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

La Fille mal gardée – Royal Ballet

Fille Mal Gardee

We will be showing La Fille mal gardée live from the Royal Opera House, London on Tuesday 5th May 2015. 

Frederick Ashton’s final full-length ballet La Fille mal gardée (The Wayward Daughter) is one of his most joyous creations, inspired by his love for the Suffolk countryside. It is based on an 1828 French ballet and the music was adapted by John Lanchbery from Ferdinand Hérold’s original score. La Fille mal gardée was a resounding success on its premiere in 1960 and has remained a firm favourite in The Royal Ballet’s repertory.

La Fille displays some of Ashton’s most virtuoso choreography – the youthful passion of Lise and her lover, Colas, is expressed in a series of energetic pas de deux. The ballet is laced with good humour and a whirl of dancing chickens, grouchy guardians and a halfwit suitor take to the stage. Ashton affectionately incorporated elements of national folk dance into his choreography, from a Lancashire clog dance to a maypole dance, making La Fille mal gardée (despite its title) The Royal Ballet’s most emphatically English work. Osbert Lancaster’s colourful designs reinforce the bucolic wit of the production.

Lise is the only daughter of Simone, a widow and owner of a prosperous farm. She loves Colas, a young farmer – but her mother has far more ambitious plans, and has determined Lise should marry Alain, the son of a wealthy landowner but Alain seems as uninterested in marrying Lise as Lise is Alain…
Please arrive by 6.45pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.
The George Inn serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Royal Ballet

AliceWe will be showing Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland broadcast from the Royal Opera House, London on Tuesday 16th December 2014. 

At a garden party on a sunny afternoon, Alice is surprised to see her parents’ friend Lewis Carroll transform into a white rabbit. When she follows him down a rabbit hole things get curiouser and curiouser.

Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland arrived on the stage in 2011 with a burst of colour, theatrical magic and inventive choreography. It was The Royal Ballet’s first new full-length work since 1995 and was greeted with delight by audiences. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative sets and costumes draw on puppetry, projections and masks to make Wonderland wonderfully real.

Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary characters, from the highly-strung Queen of Hearts, who performs a hilarious send-up of The Sleeping Beauty‘s famous Rose Adage, to dancing playing cards, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. Alice and the Knave of Hearts dance a tender, loving pas de deux of delicate beauty. But the ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story – a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and the unhinged tea party are all created in vivid detail.

With choreography by Christopher Wheeldon and music by Joby Talbot
Please arrive by 6.45pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.The George Hotel serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

Manon – Royal Ballet

ManonWe will be showing Manon live from the Royal Opera House, London on Thursday 16th October 2014. 

Manon’s brother Lescaut is offering her to the highest bidder when she meets Des Grieux and falls in love. They elope to Paris, but when Monsieur G.M. offers Manon a life of luxury as his mistress she cannot resist.

Kenneth MacMillan began work on Manon shortly after the birth of his only daughter. His source was the 18th-century French novel by Abbé Prévost, already adapted twice for opera by Massenet and Puccini. Renowned dance musician Leighton Lucas and his assistant Hilda Gaunt provided a score made from a patchwork of works by Massenet, including his famous yearning Elégie as the theme for the lovers. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, the lead roles of Manon and Des Grieux danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet’s repertory.

MacMillan found new sympathy with the capricious Manon, bringing his customary psychological insight and the memories of his own impoverished upbringing. He described his heroine as ‘not so much afraid of being poor as ashamed of being poor’. Designs by MacMillan’s friend Nicholas Georgiadis reflect this, depicting a world of lavish splendour polluted by miserable poverty. MacMillan’s spectacular ensemble scenes for the whole Company create vivid, complex portraits of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans. But it is Manon and Des Grieux’s impassioned pas de deux – recalling the intensity of MacMillan’s earlier work, Romeo and Juliet – that drive this tragic story, and make Manon one of MacMillan’s most heartbreaking dramas.

Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta will make his debut as Manon’s scheming brother Lescaut in addition to his performances as Des Grieux partnering Natalia Osipova as Manon. First Soloists Alexander CampbellBennet Gartside and Valentino Zucchetti will also make their debuts as Lescaut during the run of performances.

First Soloist Yuhui Choe will make her debut as Lescaut’s Mistress and Soloist Thomas Whitehead will make his debut as Monsieur G.M..

The debuts of Natalia Osipova, Melissa Hamilton and Francesca Hayward in the title role have already been announced. As have those of Vadim Muntagirov and Matthew Golding as Des Grieux.

Please arrive by 6.45pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.

The George Hotel serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

Manon Lescaut – Royal Opera House

Manon LescautWe will be showing Manon Lescaut live from the Royal Opera House, London at 7.00pm, Tuesday 24th June 2014. 

Puccini’s first triumph returns to Covent Garden for the first time in 30 years in a new staging by Jonathan Kent.

Manon is on her way to a convent when she meets the young student Des Grieux. The pair fall in love and escape to Paris, but when the elderly Geronte offers Manon a life of wealth and luxury, her head is turned.

Puccini’s publisher tried to prevent him from adapting Abbé Prévost’s L’Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut – Massenet had already created a highly successful opera based on the novel. But Puccini was not to be dissuaded, claiming ‘a woman like Manon can have more than one lover’. Despite a troubled gestation (five librettists were engaged in the project), the premiere of Manon Lescaut in 1893 was Puccini’s first major triumph – a hit with critics and the public alike.

Jonathan Kent – director of The Royal Opera’s much-loved staging of Tosca – brings a new production of Manon Lescaut to Covent Garden. Puccini’s sumptuous, richly-coloured score is characterized by youthful vitality and filled with glorious melodies.

Des Grieux expresses his passion for Manon in the Act I aria, Vedete? io son fedele, lively dances evoke Manon’s luxurious life in Paris in Act II, while in the impassioned finale to Act III, Pazza son!, Des Grieux begs to be allowed to join the imprisoned Manon on her voyage to America. The opera culminates in Manon’s heartbreaking Act IV aria, Sola, perduta, abbandonata, as she contemplates her impending death.

Please arrive by 6.45pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.

The George Hotel serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

The Sleeping Beauty – Royal Opera House

Sleeping BeautyWe will be showing The Sleeping Beauty live from the Royal Opera House, London at 7.30pm, Wednesday 19th March 2014. 

Journey with The Royal Ballet to an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magic spells in a dazzling production of Petipa’s classic ballet, with glorious music by Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky in this classic ballet based on a much-loved fairytale.

Please arrive by 7.00pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.

The George Hotel serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

The Winter’s Tale – Royal Opera House

winter's taleWe will be showing The Winter’s Tale live from the Royal Opera House, London at 7.30pm, Monday 28th April 2014. 

The Winter’s Tale is the world premiere of a new ballet by Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon and is based on Shakespeare’s enduring story of love, loss and reconciliation. Following Wheeldon’s charming production, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and a series of short ballets including Aeternum and Polyphonia, his new full-length work at Covent Garden draws on another much-loved work of English literature: Shakespeare’s late, great romance, The Winter’s Tale.

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 miraculously comes to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. Wheeldon continues his highly successful collaboration with designer Bob Crowley and composer Joby Talbot, the team behind Alice, in one of the highlights of The Royal Ballet Season.

Please arrive by 7.00pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish. 

The George Hotel serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

Giselle – Royal Opera House

GiselleWe will be showing Giselle live from the Royal Opera House, London at 7.15pm, Monday 27th January 2014. 

Giselle, a peasant girl, has fallen in love with Count Albrecht, who has led her to believe that he is a villager named Loys. Her discovery of his true identity has devastating consequences.

Giselle is the quintessential Romantic ballet. It transformed the dance world when it was first performed in Paris in 1841 and remains at the centre of the classical repertory. Although the choreography and designs have undergone many changes over the years, the essence of Giselle remains the same. The Royal Ballet’s production uses Marius Petipa’s classic version (after the original choreography by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli), first staged in St Petersburg in 1884.

The role of Giselle provides a dancer with many technical and dramatic challenges, from the character’s early love to her poignant descent into madness and final gesture of forgiveness from beyond the grave. The first act of the ballet is filled with historical detail and rustic colour. By contrast, the second act (known as the White Act) plunges the audience into an eerie moonlit forest haunted by the ethereal Wilis – vengeful spirits of young brides who died before their wedding day. With its combination of memorable story and exquisite choreography, Giselle is the perfect way to discover classical ballet.

Please arrive by 6.45pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish. The programme runs for approximately 2hrs 10 minutes including one interval.

The George Hotel serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

Les Vêpres Siciliennes – Royal Opera House

Vepres-SiciliennesWe will be showing Les Vêpres Siciliennes live from the Royal Opera House, London at 5.45pm, Monday 4th November 2013. 

One of Verdi’s lesser-known mature operas, Les Vêpres Siciliennes was vital to his development as a composer and was created for the Paris Opéra in 1855, giving him the opportunity to embrace the elaborate style and traditions of French grand opera.

The French have occupied Sicily, and Hélène is held hostage by Montfort, the French governor, who has had her brother executed. She turns to the partisan Jean Procida and the rebellious patriot Henri in her bid for vengeance.

Director Stefan Herheim brings Verdi’s tale of revenge, family relations and patriotism to Covent Garden for the first time, his imaginative production drawing parallels between the opera and the opera house for which it was written, including a spectacular re-creation of the Paris Opéra itself.

Musically, the work contains impressive choruses, passionate duets and some wonderful showpiece arias for the principal singers. Particular highlights include Procida’s aria on returning to Sicily ‘Et toi, Palerme’, the Act IV duet ‘De courroux et d’effroi’ in which Hélène expresses her sympathy for Henri’s dilemma and Hélène’s brilliant Act V boléro, ‘Merci, jeunes amis’.

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Please arrive by 5.15pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.

The George Hotel serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.