The Winter’s Tale

Ballet in a Prologue and Three Acts

November 14—22, 2015

The Winter’s Tale

Ballet in a Prologue and Three Acts

November 14—22, 2015

About the Ballet

North American Premiere!

Following the stunning international success of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the renowned British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon returns with a ballet every bit as lavishly imagined, boldly expressed and consummately entertaining as the earlier work. Turning again to a classic work of English literature for inspiration, Mr. Wheeldon has adapted The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s late romance that combines elements of fairy-tale, comedy, tragedy and fantasy, all of which the ballet embraces with the same inventive staging, astute characterization and precise emotional register for which the choreographer is so admired.

Working again with Joby Talbot and Bob Crowley, who supplied respectively the music and set and costumes for Alice, Mr. Wheeldon has created a rich and moving correlative in dance to the original play, a complex and subtle, but always engaging and deeply touching meditation on love, jealousy, the nature of family and the mysteries of art itself.

“★★★★★/5 In embracing the king-sized emotions of The Winter’s Tale, Christopher Wheeldon has produced the most heartfelt and resonant full-length ballet seen in decades… his greatest triumph.”
The Times, London

The Winter's Tale Trailer

Christopher Wheeldon on The Winter's Tale

The Winter's Tale: Inside the Music

The Winter's Tale: Ballet Talk with Lindsay Fischer

The Winter's Tale - The National Ballet of Canada View Gallery

Reviews

“★★★★/4 An operatically epic Shakespearean ballet… a spectacular work that will stand the test of time….packed with inventive steps and spectacular scenic effects” — The Toronto Star

“Christopher Wheeldon’s new three-act version of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale is a triumph. It is contemporary and classical, traditional and modern, narrative and abstract. It feels like something entirely new.” —The Telegraph, London
 
“Christopher Wheeldon rises to the challenge of translating Shakespeare into dance, creating one of most fully achieved story ballets to be staged at Covent Garden in years.” —The Guardian, London
 
“Like the play, the ballet has taken us through a large arc of human experience.” —The New York Times

“The composer Joby Talbot produces a beautiful score bubbling with exotic percussive spices, dancey rhythms, dramatic flourishes and full blooded melodies under the fabulous David Briskin conducting.” —The Times, London

Running Time

  • Prologue and Act I 47m
  • Intermission 25m
  • Act II 35m
  • Intermission 25m
  • Act III 23m
  • Total (approx) 2h 35m

Casting

Leontes
Piotr Stanczyk (Nov 14, 18, 20 at 7:30 pm, Nov 22 at 2:00 pm)
Evan McKie (Nov 15 at 2:00 pm, Nov 19 at 7:30 pm, Nov 21 at 2:00 pm)
McGee Maddox (Nov 19 at 2:00 pm, Nov 21 at 7:30 pm)

Hermione
Hannah Fischer (Nov 14, 18, 20 at 7:30 pm, Nov 22 at 2:00 pm)
Jurgita Dronina (Nov 15 at 2:00 pm, Nov 19 at 7:30 pm, Nov 21 at 2:00 pm)
Heather Ogden (Nov 19 at 2:00 pm, Nov 21 at 7:30 pm)

Perdita
Jillian Vanstone (Nov 14, 18, 20 at 7:30 pm, Nov 22 at 2:00 pm)
Rui Huang (Nov 15 at 2:00 pm, Nov 19 at 7:30 pm, Nov 21 at 2:00 pm)
Elena Lobsanova (Nov 19 at 2:00 pm, Nov 21 at 7:30 pm)

Florizel
Naoya Ebe (Nov 14, 18, 20 at 7:30 pm, Nov 22 at 2:00 pm)
Skylar Campbell (Nov 15 at 2:00 pm, Nov 19 at 7:30 pm, Nov 21 at 2:00 pm)
Dylan Tedaldi (Nov 19 at 2:00 pm, Nov 21 at 7:30 pm) 

Polixenes
Harrison James (Nov 14, 18, 20 at 7:30 pm, Nov 22 at 2:00 pm)
Brendan Saye (Nov 15 at 2:00 pm, Nov 19 at 7:30 pm, Nov 21 at 2:00 pm)
Félix Paquet (Nov 19 at 2:00 pm, Nov 21 at 7:30 pm)

Paulina
Xiao Nan Yu (Nov 14, 18, 20 at 7:30 pm, Nov 22 at 2:00 pm)
Svetlana Lunkina (Nov 15 at 2:00 pm, Nov 19 at 7:30 pm, Nov 21 at 2:00 pm)
Tanya Howard (Nov 19 at 2:00 pm, Nov 21 at 7:30 pm)

Running Time

  • Prologue and Act I 47m
  • Intermission 25m
  • Act II 35m
  • Intermission 25m
  • Act III 23m
  • Total (approx) 2h 35m

Credits

Choreographer:
Christopher Wheeldon

Staged by:
Jacquelin Barrett
Anna Délicia Trévien

Scenerio:
Christopher Wheeldon and Joby Talbot

Music:
Joby Talbot

Designs:
Bob Crowley

Lighting Design:
Natasha Katz

Projection Design:
Daniel Brodie

Silk Effects Design:
Basil Twist

A co-production between The National Ballet of Canada and The Royal Ballet (UK)

Generously supported by The Monument Trust.

Lead philanthropic support for The Winter’s Tale is provided in part by The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Richard M. Ivey, C.C., an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and The Producers’ Circle.

The Producers’ Circle: Mark & Gail Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Susanne Boyce & Brendan Mullen, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin & Roger Garland, Emmanuelle Gattuso & Allan Slaight, The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation, Rosamond Ivey, Hal Jackman Foundation, Anna McCowan-Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C., Judy Korthals & Peter Irwin, Judith & Robert  Lawrie, Mona & Harvey Levenstein, Joan & Jerry Lozinski, The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C., Julie Medland, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Lynda & Jonas Prince, Susan Scace & Arthur Scace, C.M., Q.C., Sandra L. Simpson and Noreen Taylor & David Staines, O.C.

Ballet Talks

The National Ballet invites you to attend the WInter's Tale Ballet Talk 45 minutes before every show in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Enhance your experience and learn more about our productions from Lindsay Fischer, Artistic Director, YOU dance/Ballet Master.

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Top image credit: Hannah Fischer and Piotr Stanczyk in The Winter's Tale. Photo by Karolina Kuras.