Christopher Wheeldon’s three-act ballet adaptation of Shakespeare’s tale of love, loss and reconciliation is a triumph for The Royal Ballet.

King Leontes, possessed by a mad jealousy, believes his pregnant wife Hermione to be having an affair with his childhood friend King Polixenes, and orders her immediate outcasting. Upon discovering her innocence, however, he becomes inconsolable with guilt and grief for his wife and son, and desperately seeks atonement.

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. On its premiere it was acclaimed by critics and audiences as an intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance.

With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet.

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