Lorraine Broughton is the most elite spy in MI6, an agent who's willing to use all of her lethal skills to stay alive during an impossible mission. With the Berlin Wall about to fall, she travels into the heart of the city to retrieve a priceless dossier and take down a ruthless espionage ring. Once there, she teams up with an embedded station chief to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.
Starring Charlize Theron, James McAvoy and John Goodman
Action, Adventure, Thriller
Certificate – 15
Led by local Drama Teacher and Actress Victoria Balster.
Have fun and build confidence and creativity.
Workshops include: * Drama games, exercises & warm-ups * Mini Scripts * Improvisation & theme work * Costume & Props Bag * Narrative group work * Playback Theatre * Mime & Mask work * Physical Theatre
Victoria is delighted to be continuing to teach Drama for The Pavilions Teignmouth. Victoria is well-known in the area and studied at South Devon College, in 2001, where she attained a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts and an A Level Dance qualification. She then attended The Bath Spa School of Music and Drama, where she attained a Degree in Performing Arts, in 2006.
Victoria has an extensive performance background in stage, TV and film productions. She spent a year acting a variety of roles as a Shakespearean actor at The Shakespeare Birthplace in Stratford Upon Avon. Her TV/film and stage credits include Dr Who, Casualty, numerous roles in Rosamunde Pilcher films, as well as Murder In The Cathedral.
She currently writes for and fronts her rock electronica band "Out of Isca" performing original material at festivals, theatres and pubs.
Victoria believes it is essential for the pupils she teaches to be able to aspire to a performer who is involved in the industry and can pass on skills to the next generation. She has taught for various theatre companies all over the South West and has recently acquired Arts Award teaching qualification status. She currently teaches Drama and Comedy for The Pauline Quirke Academy in Torbay, and teaches drama at Combe Pafford School in Watcombe Torquay, and also for the Lyme Regis Youth Theatre.
Classes are for ages 8 to 14 year olds.
The early Autumn term runs from Thursday 14th September through to Thursday 19th October (The late Autumn term will be from Thursday 2nd November through to Thursday 7th December 2017) . Each session starts at 4:30pm and lasts for an hour.
The first session will be a freestyle session, so anyone new is welcome to join the group. The group will then be rehearsing a play to perform to their families and friends later in the term.
Classes are £8 each session, or pay for the term of 6 sessions for £48
If you are booking for the first time, please do book under the parent or carer's name, and include a contact email and phone number. We will then contact you before the first session. Thank you.
Exeter University in association with Pavilions Teignmouth presents the opportunity to see the new and exciting work in this year’s RAW Emerging Arts Platform.
RAW enables choreographers, live artists, playwriters, performers and devisors about to graduate from the Drama Department at Exeter to showcase their work on a professional stage.
Running Time - 14:30 till 21:30 (To include intervals)
Age Restriction – 15 (due to strong language and mature themes)
2:30pm - Opportunity of a Generation - A one woman show
3:30pm - Daddy and Me - A play about an abusive father (Warning - Mature theames)
5:00pm - Glitter in the wound - A one woman show
6:00pm - Woolf - Physical theatre piece about Virginia Woolf
7:30pm - Through the Cracks – A Dance piece
8:30pm - Coffee Shop of Horrors – A Musical
Image: We are Ian, from award winning company In bed with my brother - Performed at last years RAW.
Adults - £8.00 - to see all perfomances
Students - £4.00 - to see all performances
Adult tickets - there is the option to purchase a £5.00 tickets and choose two performances only on the day - please select the £5 offer ticket
What makes Oye Santana so good? First of all the music. There’s a treasury of more than four decades of Santana catalogue to draw on, and every number in our set is a gem in its own right. Then there’s the musicianship. Check out the credentials of Milan 'Carlos' Webb; of Gez Kahan and Hector Gomez; the astonishing breadth of abilities that Auriol Kobani and Paul Murphy, Pete Lockwood and Jon Quirk bring to our on-stage set-up. This really is a feast of musical talent.
Next there’s the authenticity. We could go off on self-indulgent flights of fancy, but we don’t. We painstakingly recreate the original Santana arrangements of the big hits that you know and love to bring you the true Santana sound. But playing the right notes is only a start. There's much more to being the Best Santana Tribute in the World…
There’s the passion. Carlos Santana’s guitar playing is instantly recognizable not just because of his tone or his trademark licks, but because of the emotion he puts into every note he plays. Oye Santana has that covered. And there’s the good-time feel. Every track is a fiesta – come and dance, come and party. We’ve got that covered too.
And every Oye Santana performance is a show, a visual feast of lights and action that will have you singing along, smiling along and dancing along from the first chink of a tambourine to the explosive finale. You’re going to love Oye Santana
JULIA JONES CONDUCTS THE ROYAL OPERA’S SPELLBINDING PRODUCTION OF MOZART’S THE MAGIC FLUTE WITH A WONDERFUL CAST INCLUDING RODERICK WILLIAMS AS PAPAGENO
Mozart’s glorious opera The Magic Flute is brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production with beautiful sets by John Macfarlane.
Prince Tamino promises the Queen of the Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his quest, accompanied by the bird-catcher Papageno – but all is not as it seems…
David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work. The audience is transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s kaleidoscopic score, from the Queen of the Night’s coloratura fireworks to Tamino and Pamina’s lyrical love duets and Papageno’s hearty, folksong-like arias.
As well as being a comedy The Magic Flute is an expression of Mozart’s profound spiritual beliefs: Enlightenment concerns with the search for wisdom and virtue are at the heart of this enchanting tale. The Magic Flute was an instant success with audiences and Mozart’s supposed rival Salieri described it as an ‘operone’ – a great opera.
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 10 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL | SUNG IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES
MUSIC: WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
LIBRETTO: LORENZO DA PONTE
DIRECTOR: DAVID MCVICAR
CONDUCTOR: JULIA JONES
TAMINO - MAURO PETER
PAMINA - SIOBHAN STAGG
PAPAGENO - RODERICK WILLIAMS
In 1964, American writer James Lord is asked to sit for a portrait by artist Alberto Giacometti.
Starring Armie Hammer, Clemence Poesy and Geoffrey Rush
Biography, Comedy, Drama
Certificate - 15
Beginners Photography course - Complete beginner - anyone who wants to get out of auto!
Have you been using your camera in Auto?
Struggling with various settings with mixed results?
This 5 session course will help you to get to grips with your camera, composition and photographic techniques.
With classroom based theory and practical shooting time, you will learn to photograph in manual settings.
Camera needed - SLR, or camera with manual settings.
Experience - Complete beginner - anyone who wants to get out of auto!
Maximum of 12 participants.
Will Reddaway is a professional photographer with over 7 years experience, specialising in wedding, water, and commercial photography. He is also a qualified post-16 teacher.
Course runs on Tuesdays for 5 weeks from 26th September 2017 through to 24th October 2017
7.30pm to 9pm
Location: Meeting Room, first floor of Pavilions (accessible by lift)
£80.00 for the whole course of 5 session
An old Jewish baker (Jonathan Pryce) sees his struggling business boom when his young apprentice (Jerome Holder) accidentally drops marijuana into the dough.
Also starring Philip Davis, Ian Hart and Pauline Collins
Certificate - 15
All tickets £6.50. Matinee Club Members £5 for the 2:30pm showing - ask at the Box Office about joining our Matinee Club for £10 a year to receive reduced prices on daytime film showings
Celebrating Taste of the Teign Food Festival
The Chordettes Charity Concert in support of the RNLI
Featuring Compere, Allan Roberts, “The Wayward Pynes”, Green Valley Harmony and solo piper Paul Jackman.An evening of acapella four part harmony from competition and award winning professional chorus, The Chordettes. Together with guest artists, Compere, Allan Roberts, “The Wayward Pynes”, Green Valley Harmony and solo piper Paul Jackman all proud to support the RNLI.
The Chordettes started in Teignmouth in 1974, formed by a small group of busy mums, to enjoy this popular style of singing in friendship and harmony. Sentiments which continue within the chorus to this day. The Chordettes sing a wide range of contemporary and traditional songs including the ever popular Bond Movie soundtrack ‘Skyfall’ and ‘Do You Hear the People Sing’ from Les Miserables.
SHAKESPEARE AVENGERS ASSEMBLETH- AGE OF OBERON
Oberon's gone mad. We're talking full-on Hamlet. The fairy king of Midsummer has kidnapped William Shakespeare, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Shakespearean Heroes International Evil Lessening Division) and his mischievous sidekick Puck has brought him the Infinity Quill. A quill unlike any other, for the Infinity Quill has the power to rewrite history itself and forge a new future at the will of its master.
Slightly anxious of the scenario that is unfolding, Shakespeare's greatest heroes (and Brutus), decide they should do something to stop the oncoming apocalypse. Under instruction's from Puck they head to Midsummers Forest. Shakespeare's Avengers have assemblethed.
Having debuted at Edinburgh Fringe 2015, Shakespeare's Avengers Assembleth: Age of Oberon, is a fast-paced comedy, featuring fairies, Romans and a whole host of madness.
Drake's Drummers Theatre Company are an award winning new writing company based out of Plymouth. Having been formed in 2014 by a Callum Moffat and Pelham Grosvenor-Stevenson, the company have gone on to have success at a number of national and international festivals as well produce theatre for a local and national stage. Their critically acclaimed comedy Shakespeare's Avengers Assembleth: Age of Oberon has recently completed a four month tour of the UK.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
The world's top protection agent is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world's most notorious hit men. The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their journey from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator who is out for blood.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson and Gary Oldman
Certificate - 15
The Big Sick
Kumail is a Pakistani comic who meets an American graduate student named Emily at one of his stand-up shows. As their relationship blossoms, he soon becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of her. When Emily suddenly comes down with an illness that leaves her in a coma, Kumail finds himself developing a bond with her deeply concerned mother and father.
Starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan and Holly Hunter
Certificate - 15
Who runs the world? Fifty something women, apparently. Dead Ringers star, Jan Ravens takes to the road with her well loved impressions of Theresa May, Nicola Sturgeon, Diane Abbott, Hillary Clinton and many others, including Kirsty Wark, Lyse Doucet and Fiona Bruce.
Why, she asks, are women perceived as Difficult, when we are just being decisive, ambitious and tenacious? Well, come on, why?
Jan Ravens is set to delight audiences with her spot on impressions and political stamp on the world as she takes to the road with her brand new tour.
The star of BBC Radio 4's Dead Ringers, where favourites include Theresa May, Diane Abbott, Lyse Doucet and Fiona Bruce, Jan has been seen on, and contributed across the satirical spectrum on shows such as Newsnight, The Daily Politics, Mock the Week, QI, Question Time, Today and PM.
Difficult Woman reflects the current political climate and the huge part women have to play in it with views on Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson, and also lots of people who aren't Scottish This is the age of the powerful woman….
‘A consummate impressionist’ Times
‘Modern, topical, with a fresh satirical twist’ Telegraph.
'A brilliantly funny woman in her prime' Kirsty Wark
‘Modern, topical, with a fresh satirical twist’ Telegraph.
GREAT DOUBLE BILL 60’s SHOW: THE DREAMERS (FORMERLY FREDDIE & THE DREAMERS) supported by THE TEMPLE BROTHERS performing the EVERLY BROTHERS TRIBUTE SHOW
The Dreamers Formerly ‘Freddie and The Dreamers.’ The Dreamers remain one of the best known named bands on the sixties music circuit. Changes to personnel over the past 50 years were of course inevitable but two members… Alan Mosca and Bryan Byng remain in the band today, they have been in the band as Freddie and The Dreamers and then The Dreamers for over 37 years. Along with Freddie, Alan and Bryan toured throughout Europe Australia and The Middle East and were along with Freddie part of the British Invasion Tour of America (part 2) sharing the stage with Gerry and The Pacemakers and The Searchers appearing at Madison Square Gardens, New York and other prestige venues. Appearances on TV alongside Freddie include Cilla Black’s Surprise Surprise, The Noel Edmunds House Party.
Alan and Bryan are joined by The Temple Bros. Steve and Colin who in their own right are seasoned professionals having toured extensively with their Everly Brothers show. They add an extra dimension to the Dreamers. Who along with the hits of Freddie and The Dreamers perform the most popular songs of the fifties rock and roll days and the great songs of the sixties.
The Temple Brothers, the UKs No.1 Tribute to The Everly Brothers are proud to announce the return of their Theatre Show, produced by themselves. The only show of it's kind dedicated to the music of one of the greatest harmony duo's the Everly Brothers. Just as the Everly Brothers were the Temple Brothers are real life brothers, their harmonies are unlike anything ever heard, truly not to be missed.
With Live Acoustic Guitars, Flawless Harmonies, . All the hits are performed in the original keys that The Everly Brothers recorded in their early years, so you dont lose any of that magic that the Everlys created.
Taking you on a walk back down memory lane with all the classic songs that you remember.
PUCCINI’S PASSIONATE OPERA IS CONDUCTED BY ANTONIO PAPPANO AND STARS A SUPERB YOUNG CAST INCLUDING NICOLE CAR, MICHAEL FABIANO AND MARIUSZ KWIECIEN, IN A NEW PRODUCTION BY RICHARD JONES
When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill.
Acclaimed director Richard Jones (Boris Godunov, Il trittico) directs a new production of Puccini’s La bohème. Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focusses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris, the capital of the 19th century. Jones brings his characteristically acute insight to this much-loved classic, visualized in Stewart Laing’s spectacular, stylized 1850s setting.
Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with memorable music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences around the world, making La bohème one of the best-loved of all operas. It was first performed in Covent Garden in 1897 and has had more than five hundred performances there since.
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 35 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL | SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES
MUSIC: GIACOMO PUCCINI
DIRECTOR: RICHARD JONES
CONDUCTOR: ANTONIO PAPPANO
MIMÌ: NICOLE CAR
RODOLFO: MICHAEL FABIANO
MARCELLO: MARIUSZ KWIECIEN
MUSETTA: NADINE SIERRA
Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.
Now seen by over 750,000 people worldwide, the original 2015 NT Live broadcast returns to cinemas.
As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.
Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.
Barry Seal, a TWA pilot, is recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America and soon finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the United States. The operation spawns the birth of the Medellin cartel and almost brings down the Reagan White House.
Starring Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson and Sarah Wright.
Biography, Action, Comedy
Certificate - 15
With the release of his highly acclaimed 2017 album 'Flood & Burn' Sean Taylor has established himself as an international touring troubadour. One of the most exciting and hard working names in the roots and blues scene.''
Superbly tailored songs'' (Four stars) Daily Mirror ''Articulate, compelling ... brilliant'' (Four stars) Mojo Magazine
Sean has toured around the world and opened for the likes of Robert Cray, Richard Thompson, John Fogerty, Neville Brothers, Eric Bibb, Tony Joe White and Band Of Horses. A seasoned performer and recording artist of ten years standing, Sean Taylor has achieved a special maturity — stemming from experience, but also from the excitement in artistic freedom that experience can sometimes bring — with his new album Flood & Burn. As Sean puts it like this: “I felt a freedom and confidence in writing the original songs, and in the making of this recording. And that’s exciting.”
A passionate young couple, unexpectedly separated by a shocking loss, discover an eternal connection and a love that is infinite.
Starring Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, McColm Cephas Jr
Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Certificate - 12
Teignmouth's Very Own Comedy Club - every month
Headliner: Suzi Ruffell
Riordan Deehan Jackson
Regular MC - Tom Glover
All comedians appear subject to commitments
Tickets are £10 Advance or £12 on the door
Please note that Comedy Club is aimed at ages 16 plus due to content
The Tin Forest is a puppet show based on the book by Helen Ward, illustrated by Wayne Anderson, published by Templar. For everyone… all the way down to 3 year olds.
An old man lives in a dreary junkyard, full of other people’s broken and unwanted junk. He dreams that one day his world will be full of life, colour and sound. His wish is about to come true…
The Tin Forest is an uplifting, humorous and touching show, full of visual invention, puppetry and musical fun…with mechanical birds, a wind-up circus and exotic animals of all shapes and sizes.
The Limehouse Golem
Victorian London is gripped with fear as a serial killer is on the loose and leaving cryptic messages written in the blood of his victims. With few leads and increasing public pressure, Scotland Yard assigns the case to Inspector Kildare, a seasoned detective who has a sneaking suspicion that he's being set up to fail. Faced with a long list of suspects, Kildare must rely on help from a witness to stop the murders and bring the maniac to justice.
Starring Olivia Cook, Bill Nighy and Maria Valverde
Certificate - 15
Los Pacaminos features Paul Young, Drew Barfield, Mark Pinder, Steve Greetham, Jamie Moses and Melvin Duffy (UK's premier pedal steel player).
One of the UK’s most popular Live touring bands, Los Pacaminos play the very best in Tex Mex Border music from The Texas Tornadoes and Ry Cooder to Los Lobos and even Roy Orbsion.
This is a Tequila fuelled Tex Mex party night, as each venue becomes the perfect cantina setting for a great night's rocking with the cactus sharp, tequila filled, stetson wearing, magnificent 6, Los Pacaminos!!!
All tickets are standing - no seating. Please do contact us when booking, if you are a wheelchair user or have any access requirements. Box Office open 10am to 3pm Mon to Sat and an hour before any film or show - 01626 249049.
Tickets are £18.00
Klio and Siobhan and their special combination of flute and harp enchant the audiences with their distinct programmes and ability to create a beautiful atmosphere and a unique blend of sounds.
A real feast for the ears ’JOURNEYS’ will transport and captivate the audience. Drawing inspiration from the baroque, classical and romantic eras the music carefully entwines with selected texts and poems creating an enthralling world of sounds.
Formed in 2015 their duo AMALTHEA has performed in Brighton Festival, Deverills Festi-val, Adur Arts Festival, at the Royal Chapel and St Luke’s Concert Series amongst others and has very much enjoyed touring Wiltshire with Pound Arts, Devon with Villages in Action and Dorset with Artsreach.
Both Klio and Siobhan also enjoy a freelance career, they have performed in numerous Festivals and Concert Series in the U.K and across Europe such as Les Théophanies in France, the Cyclades International Music Festival/ Greece, at the Bach to Baby children’s concert series, the Prokofiev Festival, Barnes Festival, Mayfield Festival, as well as in prestigious venues such as Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Somerset House, St Martin-in- the-Fields, St James’s Piccadilly and Westminster Abbey to name but a few. Si-obhan has performed for Nelson Mandela, HRH Prince Charles, HRH the Queen and the Princess of Thailand while Klio has been broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and has worked ex-tensively with new composers and artists.
‘Brilliant musicians who play a wide range of glorious music and chat to the audience between exquisite playing’ Promoter / POUND ARTS RURAL SCHEME
‘As a Duo their music making is magical’ Barry Mills / Composer
‘Thank you for an enchanting performance , we hope you will come back!’ Director /DEVERILLS Arts Festi-val
‘Musicians were fabulous, a fantastic evening enjoyed by an appreciative audience’ Promoter /ARTSREACH RURAL SCHEME
FOLLOW ALICE DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE IN CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON’S EXUBERANT BALLET, INSPIRED BY LEWIS CARROLL’S MUCH-LOVED BOOK
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 events become curiouser and curiouser.
As Alice journeys through Wonderland, she encounters countless strange creatures. She’s swept off her feet by the charming Knave of Hearts, who’s on the run for stealing the tarts. Confusion piles upon confusion. Then Alice wakes with a start. Was it all a daydream?
Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland burst onto the stage in 2011 in an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive, sophisticated choreography. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative, eye-popping designs draw on everything from puppetry to projections to make Wonderland wonderfully real.
Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary and instantly recognizable characters, from the highly strung Queen of Hearts - who performs a hilarious send-up of The Sleeping Beauty's famous Rose Adage - to a playing-card corps de ballet, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. 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 here in vivid detail. The delicious result shows The Royal Ballet at its best, bringing together world-class dance.
Live broadcast - APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 50 MINUTES, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS
Tickets - Adults £16.50, Concessions (Seniors and Students) £14.00, Children £10
Half-term Ballets discount offer - Buy a ticket for ROH Live Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with a ticket for the live Ballet Cymru production of The Light Princess on 25th October and save £2.50 if purchased at the same time (please note only applies to the same type of ticket purchased - e.g. two adult tickets, two concession tickets or two child tickets)
Calling all witches, wizards, spiders and spooks!
Join in with this fun and creative children's art workshop during half-term and take home some creepy crafts to decorate your home
Decorate a haunted house
Make a spooky hat and a spider
Tuesday 24th October or Thursday 26th October
10.30am to 12.30pm on both dates
Over 8's can attend on their own. Under 8's - a parent or carer must attend with their child
Please book under the name of the adult and give a contact email
Cost is £7.50 per child place
A new full length ballet for 2017 with a new score by brilliant Welsh harpist, composer and recording artist Catrin Finch in collaboration with The Riverfront Theatre in Newport, The Light Princess is the lightest and brightest dance event of the year.
Using elements of circus and outstanding classical choreography the story draws inspiration from Sleeping Beauty, telling the story of a princess afflicted by a constant weightlessness, unable to get her feet on the ground, until she finds a love that brings her down to earth.
Featuring ground breaking video projections and stunningly vibrant costumes The Light Princess will transport you to a world of laughter, beauty and wonder.
George MacDonald’s quirky and timeless tale takes on a new life, interpreted in dance by some of the finest dancers in the world to the haunting and lyrical music of Catrin Finch.
Using powerful and timeless stories the company challenges its dancers to interpret some of the finest characters in literature. Under the Artistic Direction of Darius James, the company continues to develop its relationship with audiences through accessible outreach work and exceptional, stylish performances.
These young dancers created a taut, committed atmosphere on stage, and the audience, comprised of every age group from 5 to 95, were gripped from start to finish. Ballet Cymru, I salute you! - Amanda Jennings, Dance Europe
Ballet Cymru are a young, vital group of dancers who are pushing back the barriers of classical ballet.
Ballet Cymru is a chamber ballet for Wales, committed to inclusion and innovation in dance and classical ballet, and to the highest standard of collaboration with dancers, choreographers, designers, composers and musicians.
Running Times (Approx)
1st Act: 40 min
Interval: 20 mins
2nd Act: 35min
Original Choreography: Darius James and Amy Doughty
Original Music: Catrin Finch
Tickets - Adults £15.00, Concessions £12.50
Half-term Ballets discount offer - Buy a ticket for The Light Princess and the ROH Live Screening of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland on 23rd October and save £2.50 if purchased at the same time (please note only applies to the same type of ticket purchased - e.g. two adult tickets, two concession tickets or two child tickets)
Three chilling tales. Two ghostly performers. One thrilling night.
Legend has it that many years ago a book of terrifying tales was found. Now, you are invited to discover the secrets of The Book of Darkness & Light … if you dare.
Join The Storyteller and The Musician for an evening of spine-tingling tales and haunting live music. Three ghostly stories to delight and horrify, accompanied by the beautiful sounds of the violin.
Be thrilled, chilled and thoroughly entertained by this charming storytelling experience. But, be warned, once the pages of the book are opened … anything could happen!
Following her sell-out show last year Viv Wilson presents her latest compilation of film and photographs.
This town has numerous reasons to be proud – proud of the people it has nurtured, the events it has hosted, its voluntary groups founded which support the community.
Our most famous sons are undoubtedly MUSE, the band of 3 young men who grew up here and did a stunning pair of home concerts attracting over 20,000 people in 2009 and whose success and fame continues across the world.
Viv intends to keep the flavour of “yesteryear” in her new programme “Pride of Teignmouth” taking place in the Pavilions at 2.30pm on Sunday October 29.
Image - Home guards assemble at Teignmouth Railway Station towards the End of World War II.
Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria's golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity.
Starring Judi Dench, Olivia Williams and Michael Gambon
Drama, Biograph, History
Certificate – PG
A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome.Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie.Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, completes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s collection of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a visceral production which sees Sope Dirisu (One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse, 2016) take on the title role.
Witness the astonishing comedy sensation LIVE! The Noise Next Door are causing a commotion with their fourth nationwide tour - an anarchic evening of side-splitting jokes, jaw-dropping characters, and mind-blowing songs. Join the quickest wits in comedy as they transform audience suggestions into a fantastic, fresh new entertainment experience every single night.
As seen on BBC1, BBC3, ITV1 and ITV2!
As heard on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4!
"Hilarious... A superior kind of chaos" The Daily Telegraph
"Immaculately well executed" The Times
"Comedy gold" The Guardian
“Phenomenal” The Daily Mirror
Shylock has always divided opinion. Is he a villain or a victim? Or is he someone even more intriguing.
There is no doubt Shylock is hard done by in "The Merchant of Venice", but does he bring it on himself? As one of only two Jewish men in the whole of Shakespeare, he has been portrayed in ways which reflected how Jews were popularly viewed - from comic villain in Shakespeare's day to a victim of racial discrimination nowadays.
This award winning, poignant, powerful yet humorous performance - from the company that created the Olivier Award winning "Morecambe" - brings us Shylock afresh in one of the most globally successful solo shows of the last decade.
Guy Masterson, perhaps the world's leading exponent of the form, demonstrates its brilliance, honouring one of Shakespeare's finest creations from one of his greatest plays in a performance that celebrates the beauty of language, the power of history and the magic of theatre!
Written & directed by Gareth Armstrong
Performed by Guy Masterson
"Shylock deserves to be packed out every show. It reflects the deepest love and understanding of Shakespeare's genius, and mixes us adeptly into the problems, pressures, traditions, censors prejudices and passions of Elizabethan theatre." (The Scotsman)
"Innovative, delightful, exceptional!" (The Independent)
Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.
New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production.
Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors). Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.
‘Formby’ follows George Formby’s rise from awkward stable boy to one of Britain’s biggest stars. In a unique one-man performance Ewan Wardrop plays the role of Formby, as well as all the key characters involved in this fascinating slice of his life.
‘Formby’ is a funny, touching and thoughtful look at the life of an essentially ordinary man with an extraordinary talent. This sensational production features many of Formby’s classic hits brilliantly recreated by Wardrop on the Ukulele, including: BLACKPOOL ROCK, LEANING ON A LAMP-POST, WHEN I’M CLEANING WINDOWS, TT RACES, and many more.
THE UNRAVELLING WILBURYS - a tribute to The Traveling Wilburys and their rock icon members
Just when they were about to make it to the big time, this band of good ol’ boys from Nashville, Tennessee had a whole bunch of songs (allegedly) stolen by Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne (ELO), George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty, under the late 80s ‘supergroup’ pseudonym “The Traveling Wilburys”. Things were so bad after that, the real Wilbury brothers (Walter, Sticky Willy, Thumper, Javelin and Fingers) resorted to dressing up as The Beatles, and spent over 20 years touring as “Sgt Pepper’s Only Dart Board Band”. After a lengthy legal battle, a Hazzard County judge ruled the boys could git back their true identity and hit the highway with all their old songs including: “Handle With Care”; “The End Of The Line”; “The Devil’s Been Busy”; “Not Alone Anymore”, and by way of compensation, solo choice cuts: “Pretty Woman”; “You’ve Got It”; “Mr Blue Sky”; “Telephone Line”; “Mr Tambourine Man”; “Mighty Quinn”; “Running Down A Dream”; “I Won’t Back Down”; “All Those Years Ago”; “Got My Mind Set On You”, and many other great songs.
“Captured the style and sounds perfectly and with their own added sense of humour gave the audience an evening to remember”
There's Something About Gary
..and that something is, he likes to write jokes. An awful lot of them. Also he appears to have some jizz in his hair. There's that as well. He thinks a good joke should be like a drunk Glaswegian, short and punchy. He loves each and every gag, and you can’t help but be carried away by his infectious charm.
Regular on Mock The Week
Double Sony Award Winner
Chortle Award Nominee'
An endless flow of top quality jokes' The Guardian
'Gary Delaney has more quality jokes in one hour than many comics have in their entire careers…quite brilliant' The Scotsman
'I laughed and I laughed and I laughed' The Times
'A hugely impressive collection of exquisitely crafted gags by one of Britain’s grandmasters of the one-liner' Chortle
Tickets are £15.00
Barb Jungr has wowed audiences and critics worldwide with her powerful reinterpretations of Bob Dylan’s work. Known for her passionate singing, minimal and subtle arrangements, and great humour, Barb Jungr is the definitive performer of one of the great musical icons of the 20th century, Bob Dylan.
Variously described by critics as magnificent, mesmerizing and magical, Barb Jungr has built a formidable reputation as an international live performer and recording artiste. She has perfected the art of interpretation to such a level that listeners are often astonished to discover that well-known songs that they thought they knew, have been wonderfully transformed and very often elevated when Barb weaves her magic spell. Her repertoire includes songs by Jacques Brel, Nina Simone, Jimmy Webb, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen (to name a few) and she has attracted particular acclaim for her work on the songs of Bob Dylan, which produced two critically-acclaimed albums and a series of sell-out, award-winning transatlantic shows. For four consecutive years (2008 through to 2011)
Barb has ranked at the top of Time Out, New York’s best cabaret awards, for her mesmerizing shows, and in 2008 she also received the Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist. Barb Jungr’s first album of Bob Dylan songs has deservedly become a cult classic and has won her a dedicated fan base from around the world. The album even boasts celebrity fans, with Jeremy Irons naming it as one of the must-have albums on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.
On the release of the Barb Jungr’s Linn Records Vinyl Celebratory collection of Every Grain of Sand, the cult classic CD released in 2002 which launched her career in the USA and later, in Australia, Jungr returns to her fabulous original arrangements live, cementing her status as "one of the best interpreters of Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan anywhere on this angst ridden planet today.” (The Village Voice USA)
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“Possibly our best interpreter of Dylan’s songs” ~ Billy Bragg
Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman.
Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors. 1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.
A YOUNG GIRL’S ENCHANTED PRESENT LEADS HER ON A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE IN THIS BEAUTIFUL CLASSICAL BALLET, DANCED TO TCHAIKOVSKY’S MAGNIFICENT SCORE
The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure. After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew?
Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores.
Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet opens with a lively Christmas party, its Victorian setting captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 15 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL
CHOREOGRAPHY: PETER WRIGHT AFTER LEV IVANOV
MUSIC: PYOTR IL’YICH TCHAIKOVSKY
Neil Sands and his brilliant west end cast are back with their 2017 Christmas production which has been described as “like a sparkly Christmas card come to life”.
It is a truly spectacular mix of over 60 of your favourite Christmas songs and carols, 40 stunning costume changes, lots of good old fashioned festive fun, and a unique atmosphere that will warm your heart on the coldest winters day, taking you back to a time when Christmas really was the most wonderful time of the year.
DAVID MCVICAR’S ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION OF VERDI’S POTENT AND TRAGIC OPERA IS CONDUCTED BY ALEXANDER JOEL, WITH AN EXCELLENT CAST LED BY DIMITRI PLATANIAS, LUCY CROWE AND MICHAEL FABIANO
The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Verdi’s potent tragedy in David McVicar’s production for The Royal Opera.
Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect…
David McVicar’s production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi’s heady, spirited dances. The opera’s many musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women; Gilda’s exquisite, plangent duets with Rigoletto and the Duke; and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.
Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto was his ‘best opera’. He had had to overcome state censorship to stage it – the censors objected to its depiction of an immoral ruler – but he was vindicated by the premiere’s huge success in 1851. Rigoletto was performed 250 times in the next 10 years and has remained one of the most popular of all operas.
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 45 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL | SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES
MUSIC: GIUSEPPE VERDI
DIRECTOR: DAVID MCVICAR
CONDUCTOR: ALEXANDER JOEL
RIGOLETTO: DIMITRI PLATANIAS
GILDA: LUCY CROWE
DUKE OF MANTUA: MICHAEL FABIANO
DRAMA, PASSION AND FABULOUS MUSIC – PUCCINI’S OPERATIC THRILLER IS ONE OF THE GREAT OPERA EXPERIENCES. DAN ETTINGER CONDUCTS A STAR CAST LED BY ADRIANNE PIECZONKA, JOSEPH CALLEJA AND GERALD FINLEY
Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera, and from its strident opening chords conjures up a world of political instability and menace.
Jonathan Kent’s production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas – with its gripping plot and glorious music, it’s easy to see why.
A candle-lit church, Scarpia’s gloomy study with its hidden torture chamber and the false optimism of a Roman dawn: this handsome production throws into relief the ruthlessly taut drama, as the tension is wound up towards a fateful conclusion. Puccini’s meticulously researched score is infused with the same authentic detail, from distant cannon fire during the Act I Te Deum to tolling church
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS | SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLEST
MUSIC: GIACOMO PUCCINI
DIRECTOR: JONATHAN KENT
CONDUCTOR: DAN ETTINGER
FLORIA TOSCA: ADRIANNE PIECZONKA
MARIO CAVARADOSSI: JOSEPH CALLEJA
BARON SCARPIA: GERALD FINLEY
SHAKESPEARE’S TALE OF LOVE AND LOSS BECOMES COMPELLING DANCE DRAMA IN CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON’S BALLET ADAPTATION, WITH MUSIC BY JOBY TALBOT
Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014. Building on the success of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale received ecstatic praise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. It is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic.
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 seemingly miraculous return 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.
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS
CHOREOGRAPHY : CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON
MUSIC: JOBY TALBOT
BIZET’S CLASSIC FRENCH OPERA STARS ANNA GORYACHOVA IN BARRIE KOSKY’S INTENSE PRODUCTION
Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his Carmen would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone.
This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich’s The Nose in 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmen he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character.
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 20 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL | SUNG IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES
MUSIC: GEORGES BIZET
DIRECTOR: BARRIE KOSKY
CONDUCTOR: JAKUB HRUŠA
CARMEN: ANNA GORYACHOVA
DON JOSÉ: FRANCESCO MELI
MICAËLA: ANETT FRITSCH
ESCAMILLO: KOSTAS SMORIGINAS
NEW WAYNE MCGREGOR | THE AGE OF ANXIETY | NEW CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON
THREE BALLETS TWO NEW PRODUCTIONS THE ROYAL BALLET CELEBRATES THE CENTENARY OF LEONARD BERNSTEIN’S BIRTH WITH AN ALL-BERNSTEIN PROGRAMME FROM CHOREOGRAPHERS WAYNE MCGREGOR, LIAM SCARLETT AND CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON.
Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. He was eclectic in his sources – drawing on jazz and modernism, the traditions of Jewish music and the Broadway musical – and many of Bernstein’s scores are remarkably well suited to dance. He was particularly associated with Jerome Robbins, their credits together including Fancy Free and West Side Story. To celebrate the centenary year of the composer’s birth, The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music.
The programme includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, marking each artist’s first foray into Bernstein. At the heart of the programme is the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety, created in 2014 to Bernstein’s soul-searching Second Symphony. Both symphony and ballet are inspired by W.H. Auden’s masterful modernist poem, itself written in response to the atmosphere of disillusionment and uncertainty that followed the end of World War II.
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS
CHOREOGRAPHY: WAYNE MCGREGOR, LIAM SCARLETT, CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON
MUSIC: LEONARD BERNSTEIN
VERDI’S OPERA ON SHAKESPEARE’S TRAGEDY IS CONDUCTED BY ANTONIO PAPPANO, WITH A MAGNIFICENT CAST INCLUDING ANNA NETREBKO, ŽELJKO LUCIC AND ILDEBRANDO D’ARCANGELO
Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’. With his librettist, Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy.
The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts.
Murder makes Macbeth king, and intrigue and butchery are the hallmarks of his brief, doomed reign. The witches make another prediction, which also comes true: Macbeth and his lady lose their lives, and justice is restored.
Phyllida Lloyd’s 2002 production for The Royal Opera is richly hued, shot through with black, red and gold. The witches – imagined by designer Anthony Ward as strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures – are ever-present agents of fate. Lloyd depicts the Macbeths’ childlessness as the dark sadness lurking behind their terrible deeds. The Royal Opera’s production uses Verdi’s 1865 Paris revision of the opera, which includes Lady Macbeth’s riveting aria ‘La luce langue’.
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 20 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL | SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES
MUSIC: GIUSEPPE VERDI
DIRECTOR: PHYLLIDA LLOYD
CONDUCTOR: ANTONIO PAPPANO
MACBETH: ŽELJKO LUCIC
LADY MACBETH: ANNA NETREBKO
BANQUO ILDEBRANDO: D’ARCANGELO
KENNETH MACMILLAN’S POWERFUL TELLING OF MANON AND DES GRIEUX’S TRAGIC LOVE IS A MASTERPIECE OF MODERN BALLET, SET TO MUSIC BY MASSENET
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 can’t resist. With the Lescauts’ encouragement Des Grieux cheats at cards in an attempt to win Monsieur G.M.’s fortune. They are caught. Manon is arrested as a prostitute and deported to New Orleans, followed by Des Grieux. On the run, Manon dies from exhaustion.
Kenneth MacMillan’s source for Manon was the 18th-century French novel already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, with the lead roles danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet’s repertory, and a touchstone of adult, dramatic dance.
MacMillan found new sympathy with the capricious Manon and her struggle to escape poverty. Designs by his regular collaborator Nicholas Georgiadis reflect this, depicting a world of lavish splendour polluted by miserable destitution. 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 Romeo and Juliet – that drive this tragic story, and make Manon one of MacMillan’s most powerful dramas.
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 35 MINUTES, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS
CHOREOGRAPHY: KENNETH MACMILLAN
MUSIC: JULES MASSENET
THE ROYAL BALLET PRESENTS A NEW PRODUCTION OF TCHAIKOVSKY’S MAGNIFICENT CLASSICAL BALLET, WITH ADDITIONAL CHOREOGRAPHY BY LIAM SCARLETT AND DESIGNS BY JOHN MACFARLANE
Swan Lake has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since 1934. This Season The Royal Ballet creates a new production with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane.
Prince Siegfried chances upon a fl ock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.
Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s first ballet score. Given its status today as arguably the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets, it is perhaps surprising that at its premiere in 1877 Swan Lake was poorly received. It is thanks to the 1895 production by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov that Swan Lake has become part of not only ballet consciousness but also wider popular culture. That success is secured not only by the sublime, symphonic sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score, but also by the striking choreographic contrasts between Petipa’s royal palace scenes and the lyric lakeside scenes created by Ivanov.
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS
CHOREOGRAPHY: MARIUS PETIPA AND LEV IVANOV
ADDITIONAL CHOREOGRAPHY: LIAM SCARLETT AND FREDERICK ASHTON
MUSIC: PYOTR IL'YICH TCHAIKOVSKY