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Carlos Acosta and Zenaida Yanowsky dance Will Tuckett’s opulent full-length work of dance, music and theatre, exploring the life and loves of Queen Elizabeth I.

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Carlos Acosta and Zenaida Yanowsky dance Will Tuckett’s opulent full-length work of dance, music and theatre, exploring the life and loves of Queen Elizabeth I.

This dynamic exploration of the Tudor monarch for dancers and actor uses texts written by Elizabeth and her contemporaries, and a commissioned score that draws on music of the great Elizabethan composers.

Elizabeth was commissioned by The Royal Ballet for a 2013 gala performance in the Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich – birthplace of the work’s subject, Queen Elizabeth I. Choreographer Will Tuckett and playwright and librettist Alasdair Middleton co-directed this special performance, which brought together dancers Zenaida Yanowsky and Carlos Acosta, and actor Lindsay Duncan, in its exploration of the life and loves of this powerful queen.

Middleton’s script draws on Elizabeth’s writings and those of her contemporaries, among them Sir Walter Raleigh, François, Duc d’Anjou, and Robert Devereux.

The commissioned score by Martin Yates (Don Quixote), written for cello and baritone in a modern reimagining of a typical Tudor-period ensemble, re-creates the structures and harmonies of music by the great Elizabethan composers, including John Dowland, Thomas Tallis and Thomas Morley.

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 08/01/2016

Closing Night: 17/01/2016

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Cast & Creative

Cast

Zenaida Yanowsky, Carlos Acosta, Lindsay Duncan

Creative

Director - Will Tuckett & Alasdair Middleton

Choreographer - Will Tuckett & Emma Brunton

Lighting Designer - Paule Constable

Music By - Martin Yates

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