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Gillian Lynne died on July 1st
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RB reviews: Obsidian Tear / Marguerite and Armand / Elite Syncopations
RB 2018/19 Autumn season casting
RB reviews - Manon
RB schedule 2018/2019
RB reviews - Bernstein Centenary triple bill
Critics' Circle National Dance Awards winners 2017
RB reviews - The Winter's Tale
RB reviews - Giselle
RB 2017/18 Summer season casting
BRB reviews - The Nutcracker
RB reviews - The Nutcracker
RB reviews - Sylvia
National Dance Awards 2017 nominations
RB reviews - The Illustrated 'Farewell', The Wind, Untouchable
Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration
RB 2017/18 Spring season casting
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December 3, 2018
RB reviews: The Nutcracker, December 2018
(Nuñez, Muntagirov, O'Sullivan, Sambé cast unless otherwise stated)
Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack
David Nice, The Arts Desk
Zoë Anderson, The Independent
Mark Monahan, The Telegraph
Jann Parry, DanceTabs
Debra Craine, The Times
David Dougill, Sunday Times
Luke Jennings, The Observer
Louise Levene, Financial Times (Naghdi, Hirano, Maguire, Acri)
G.J. Dowler, Classical Source
Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide
Laura Freeman, The Spectator
Mark Ronan, blog
Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard International (cinema screening)

Nutcracker
The Kingdom of Sweets. Photo ©ROH/Alastair Muir 2018

Photos: Alastair Muir, ROH Flickr
Videos: Guest Principal Ballet Master Christopher Carr rehearses episodes from the ballet, ROH YouTube
Ballet Mistress Samantha Raine rehearses the Snowflakes, ROH Facebook

November 28, 2018
Critics' Circle Dance Awards nominees 2018
These are the nominees for the Critics' Circle Awards who are associated with The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet. The winners will be announced on February 18, 2019.

Vadim Muntagirov, Brandon Lawrence (BRB) - Best Male Dancer
Marianela Nuñez - Best Female Dancer, and Outstanding Female Classical Performance (for Odette/Odile)
The Royal Ballet - Outstanding Company
Wayne McGregor (for Yugen), Liam Scarlett (for Swan Lake), Christopher Wheeldon (for Corybantic Games) - Best Classical Choreography
Joseph Sissons - Emerging Artist Award
Brandon Lawrence (BRB) - Outstanding Male Classical Performance (as Pan in Arcadia)
Lucy Carter, John Macfarlane - Outstanding Creative Contribution

The full list of nominees is here

November 21, 2018
RB reviews: The Unknown Soldier, Infra, Symphony in C, November 2018
Zoë Anderson, The Independent
Joy Sable, The Jewish Chronicle
Lyndsey Winship, The Guardian
Debra Craine, The Times
David Dougill, Sunday Times
Mark Monahan, The Telegraph
Bruce Marriott, DanceTabs
Anna Winter, The Stage
Jenny Gilbert, The Arts Desk
Siobhan Murphy, TimeOut
Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide
Vikki Jane Vile, Broadway World
Emma Byrne, Evening Standard
Alexandra Desvignes, Bachtrack
Laura Freeman, The Spectator
Eva Kistrup, Copenhagen Report

Unknown Soldier
The Unknown Soldier ©ROH/Helen Maybanks 2018

Photos: Helen Maybanks, ROH Flickr - The Unknown Soldier, Infra, Symphony in C
Foteini Christofilopoulou, DanceTabs
Video: Wayne McGregor rehearses Infra, ROH YouTube
Radio feature: The Unknown Soldier, BBC Sounds
Interview: William Bracewell talks about The Unknown Soldier and Infra, House of Solo

November 2, 2018
RB reviews: La Bayadère, November 2018
(Nuñez, Muntagirov, Osipova cast unless otherwise stated)
Mark Monahan, The Telegraph
Lyndsey Winship, The Guardian
Luke Jennings, The Observer (several casts)
Jann Parry, DanceTabs
Zoë Anderson, The Independent
Anna Winter, The Stage
G.J. Dowler, Classical Source
Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide
Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard International
Alexandra Desvignes, Bachtrack
Siobhan Murphy, TimeOut
Vikki Jane Vile, Broadway World
Emma Byrne, Evening Standard
Joy Wang Xin Yuan, SeeingDance (3 casts)
Laura Freeman, The Spectator (2 casts)
Robert Hugill, The Epoch Times (Lamb, Hirano, Calvert)

Shades
The Shades ©ROH/Bill Cooper 2018

Photos: On stage, Bill Cooper, ROH Flickr
Studio rehearsals (mixed casts), Bill Cooper ROH Flickr
Foteini Christofilopoulou, DanceTabs
Videos: RB Insight event with Natalia Makarova, Olga Evreinoff, Shobana Jeyasingh and dancers, ROH YouTube
Olga Evreinoff rehearsing Akane Takada, Natalia Osipova & Vadim Muntagirov, ROH YouTube
Samantha Raine rehearsing the Shades, ROH YouTube

October 23, 2018
RB 2018/2019 Spring season casting
(m = matinée)

Frankenstein
March 5-23, x8
Victor Frankenstein, Elizabeth Lavenza, The Creature
Mar 5, 11, 23 (Bonelli, Morera, Corrales*)
Mar 8, 15, 23m (Dyer, Lamb, Hirano)
Mar 12, 18 (Campbell*, Hinkis*, Kish)

Romeo and Juliet March 26 - June 11 x24
Mar 26; Apr 10, 26 (Cuthbertson, Ball)
Mar 28; Apr 13, 27 (Takada*, McRae)
Apr 13m ( O'Sullivan*, Sambé*)
Apr 27m; May 4 (Hamilton, Clarke*)
May 1, 4m, 11 (Lamb, Muntagirov)
May 11m, 14, 25 (Hayward, Corrales*)
May 13, 25m (Stix-Brunell*, Bracewell*)
May 17, 23, 29 (Nuñez, Clarke)
May 22; June 1 (Osipova, Hallberg*†)
June 1m, 11# (Naghdi, Ball)

Juliet
Sarah Lamb as Juliet. Photo ©ROH/Johan Persson 2015

Within the Golden Hour / NEW Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui / Flight Pattern May 8-21 x7
Within the Golden Hour
May 8, 15, 16#, 18 (Stix-Brunell, Cuthbertson, Lamb, Muntagirov, Hirano*, McRae)
May 9, 18m, 21 (Choe, Hayward, Takada, Campbell, Zucchetti, Dyer)

NEW Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
May 8, 15, 16, 18 (Osipova*)
May 9, 18m, 21 (tba)

Flight Pattern
All performances (McNally, Sambé, The Company)

* Role debut with The Royal Ballet at the ROH
† David Hallberg is a guest artist
# Live cinema relay
‡ Casting may change so please check on the ROH website

October 10, 2018
RB reviews: Mayerling, October 2018
(Hirano, Osipova, Lamb cast unless otherwise stated)
Debra Craine, The Times
Jann Parry, DanceTabs
Jann Parry, DanceTabs (Bonelli, Morera, Kobayashi)
Mark Monahan, The Telegraph
Louise Levene, Financial Times (+ McRae, Lamb, Morera)
Luke Jennings, The Observer
Zoë Anderson, The Independent
Siobhan Murphy, TimeOut
Laura Freeman, The Spectator
Gerald Dowler, Classical Source
Joy Sable, Jewish Chronicle
Emma Byrne, Evening Standard
Cinema relay with McRae, Lamb, Morera:
  Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard
  Maria Di Mento, DC Theatre Scene
  Lynne Lancaster, Sydney Arts Guide

Mayerling2018
Ryoichi Hirano and Sarah Lamb as Crown Prince Rudolph and Countess Marie Larisch
Photo ©ROH/Helen Maybanks 2018


Photos: Helen Maybanks, ROH
Foteini Christofilopoulou, DanceTabs (Soares, Cuthbertson, Mendizabal cast)
Alice Pennefather, The Ballet Bag (Soares, Cuthbertson, Mendizabal cast)
Videos: Insight evening with Melissa Hamilton, Ryoichi Hirano & Paul Kay rehearsed by Alexander Agadzhanov, ROH YouTube
Sarah Lamb & Steven McRae coached by Leanne Benjamin, ROH YouTube
Sarah Lamb & Steven McRae in the bedroom pdd, ROH YouTube
Why the RB loves performing Mayerling, ROH YouTube
Mayara Magri coached as Mitzi Caspar by Christopher Saunders, ROH Facebook

July 23, 2018
RB 2018/2019 Winter season casting

(m = matinée)

Les Patineurs / Winter Dreams / The Concert Dec 18, 2018 - Jan 4, 2019 x6
Les Patineurs
Dec 18; Jan 4 (Sambé)
Dec 19, 20 (Corrales)
Dec 20m; Jan 2 (Hay)

Winter Dreams
Dec 18; Jan 4 (Nuñez, Soares, tba, Mendizabal)
Dec 19, 20 (Lamb, Muntagirov, Naghdi, Heap)
Dec 20m; Jan 2 (Morera, Hirano, Takada, Calvert)

The Concert
Dec 18, 20 (Cuthbertson)
Dec 19, 20m (Hamilton)
Jan 2, 4 (Lamb)

Asphodel Meadows / The Two Pigeons Jan 18 - Feb 13, 2019 x6
Asphodel Meadows
Jan 18; Feb 2, 13 (Nuñez, Hirano, Morera, Bracewell, Hinkis, Acri)
Jan 19m; Feb 2m, 5 (Kaneko, Richardson, Magri, Corrales, Maeda, Dyer)

The Two Pigeons
Jan 18; Feb 5 (Cuthbertson, Muntagirov, Morera, Mock)
Jan 19m (Stix-Brunell, Clarke, Calvert, Brændsrød)
Feb 2m (Choe, Campbell, Mendizabal, Edmonds)
Feb 2, 13 (Takada, Hay, Magri, Montaño)

NEW Liam Scarlett ballet for the Royal Ballet School / Two Pigeons February 12-14, 2019 x3
New Scarlett
(details tba)

The Two Pigeons
Feb 12, 16m (Hayward, Bracewell, Kaneko, Zucchetti)
Feb 14 (Choe, Campbell, Mendizabal, Edmonds)

Don Quixote Feb 15 - April 4, 2019 x16
Feb 15, 20, 23 (Nuñez, Muntagirov)
Feb 16, 19§; Mar 1 (Takada, McRae)
Feb 22; Mar 22; Apr 1 (Cuthbertson, Ball)
Feb 23m, 27 (Kaneko, Corrales)
Mar 2; Apr 3 (Naghdi, Sambé)
Mar 25, 30 (Osipova, Corrales)
Mar 30m; Apr 4 (Magri, Campbell)

‡ Casting may change so please check on the ROH website
§ Live cinema relay

July 7, 2018
The Royal Ballet School at the Opera House
July 8
Programme:
  Aurora’s Wedding - after Marius Petipa
  TooT (excerpt) - Didy Veldman
  Sea Interludes - Andrew McNicol
  Snegurochka - Tania Fairbairn
  Pulcinella Suite - Mark Annear
  Self & Soul - Robert Binet
  BACH, Multiplicity. Forms of silence and emptiness (excerpts) - Nacho Duato
  Grand Défilé

July 4, 2018
Gillian Lynne died on July 1st
The world-renowned choreographer, dancer and director died at the age of 92. There have been numerous obituaries and appreciations including from The New York Times, The Guardian, The Independent.

Gillian Lynne
Gillian Lynne as the Black Queen in Ninette de Valois's Checkmate. Photo by Roger Wood ©ROH

July 4, 2018
RB Summer tour casting
This year's Summer tour is to Madrid for the first time in 20 years, with six performances of Swan Lake.

July 18, 22 - Marianela Nuñez, Vadim Muntagirov
July 19 - Yasmine Naghdi, Matthew Ball
July 20 - Sarah Lamb, Ryoichi Hirano
July 21, 5pm - Akane Takada, William Bracewell
July 21, 10pm - Yasmine Naghdi, Federico Bonelli

ROH news

June 18, 2018
Birmingham Royal Ballet in London
June 2018
BRB had a short season at Sadler's Wells with performances of Romeo and Juliet and a triple bill named Polarity and Proximity comprising Kin by Alexander Whitley, George Williamson's Embrace and Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room.

Romeo and Juliet Polarity and Proximity
Graham Watts, Bachtrack Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
Zoë Anderson, The Independent Debra Craine, The Times
Mark Monahan, The Telegraph Graham Watts, DanceTabs
Lynette Halewood, DanceTabs Zoë Anderson, The Independent
Jeffrey Taylor, Sunday Express Philippa Newis, Bachtrack
Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide
Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide Rachel Elderkin, The Stage
Joy Sable, Jewish Chronicle John O'Dwyer, Seen and Heard
Gerard Davis, Dancing Review Gerard Davis, Dancing Review

Photo galleries:
Romeo and Juliet
Dave Morgan, DanceTabs
Roy Tan, Broadway World

Polarity and Proximity
Dave Morgan, DanceTabs

May 18, 2018
RB reviews: The new Swan Lake production
May/June 2018
Nuñez/Muntagirov cast unless otherwise stated
Zoë Anderson, The Independent
Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times
Louise Levene, Financial Times
Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
Hanna Weibye, The Arts Desk
Jann Parry, DanceTabs
Luke Jennings, The Observer
David Dougill, Sunday Times
Debra Craine, The Times
Neil Norman, The Stage
Mark Monahan, The Telegraph
Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack
G.J. Dowler, Classical Source
Louise Levene, The Spectator
Siobhan Murphy, TimeOut London
Emma Byrne, Evening Standard
Mark Ronan, blog post
'Prospero', The Economist
Anna Winter, Exeunt (Nuñez/Muntagirov & Osipova/Bracewell)
Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide (Takada/Bonelli)
Vikki Jane Vile, Broadway World (Takada/Bonelli)
Joy Sable, Jewish Chronicle (Takada/Bonelli)
Sam Smith, Londonist (Takada/Bonelli)
Jeffery Taylor, Daily Express (Takada/Bonelli)

Swan Lake 2018
The Corps de ballet. Photo ©ROH/Bill Cooper

Photos: Studio rehearsal, Bill Cooper, ROH
Stage rehearsal, Bill Cooper, ROH
Dave Morgan, DanceTabs
The costumes, Oliva Cowley's blog

Video: Swan Lake insight evening, ROH YouTube

April 15, 2018
RB reviews: Obsidian Tear / Marguerite and Armand / Elite Syncopations
April/May 2018
Vanessa Keys, The Telegraph
Jenny Gilbert, The Arts Desk
Debra Craine, The Times
Jann Parry, DanceTabs
Graham Watts, Bachtrack
Louise Levene, Financial Times
G.J. Dowler, Classical Source
Vikki Jane Vile, Broadway World
Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide
Zoë Anderson, The Independent
Emma Byrne, Evening Standard
Joy Sable, Jewish Chronicle
Jeffrey Taylor, Sunday Express

Photos: Dave Morgan, DanceTabs
Tristram Kenton, ROH (Elite Syncopations only)

Video: Marguerite and Armand in rehearsal (Cuthbertson/Ball), ROH

April 12, 2018
RB 2018/2019 Autumn season casting
(m = matinée)

Mayerling Oct 8-30 2018 x13 performances
Crown Prince Rudolph, Baroness Mary Vetsera, Countess Marie Larisch, Empress Elisabeth, Princess Stephanie, Mitzi Caspar, Bratfisch, Emperor Franz Josef, Colonel 'Bay' Middleton
Oct 8, 13, 19 (Hirano, Osipova, Lamb, McNally, Hayward, Nuñez, Campbell, Saunders, Avis)
Oct 10, 15§ (McRae, Lamb, Morera, McNally, Hinkis, Magri*, Hay, Avis, Kish)
Oct 12, 17, 22 (Soares, Cuthbertson, Mendizabal, Heap*, Choe, Calvert, Sambé*, Marriott, Gartside)
Oct 13m, 20 (Ball*, Hamilton, Cowley, Harrison*, Harrod, Kaneko*, Kay, Saunders, Avis)
Oct 19m§§, 27 (McRae, Takada, Morera, McNally, Hinkis, Magri, Acri, Avis, Kish)
Oct 25, 30 (Bonelli, Morera, Kobayashi, Heap, Maguire, Stix-Brunell, Dyer, Whitehead, Kish)

La Bayadère Nov 1-17 2018 x12
Nikiya, Solor, Gamzatti
Nov 1, 8, 13§ (Nuñez, Muntagirov*, Osipova*)
Nov 3m, 9 (Lamb, Hirano* Calvert*)
Nov 3, 6, 10m (Takada*, McRae, Naghdi*)
Nov 5 (Osipova*, Corrales*, Nuñez)
Nov 14, 17 (Cuthbertson, Ball*, Magri*)
Nov 16 (Osipova, Muntagirov, Nuñez)

The Unknown Soldier (NEW) / Infra / Symphony in C Nov 20-29 2018 x6
The Unknown Soldier (NEW Alastair Marriott)
Nov 20, 23, 26, 29 (Naghdi*, Ball*)
Nov 22, 28 (O'Sullivan*, Bracewell*)

Infra (Wayne McGregor)
Nov 20, 23, 28, 29 (Katsura, Magri, Naghdi, Takada, O'Sullivan, Maeda, Richardson, Sambé, Dyer, Bracewell, Serrano, Acri)
Nov 22, 26 (Hinkis, Bracher, Pajdak, Stix-Brunell, Kaneko, Dias, Ball, Donnelly, Kay, Edmonds, Junker, Sissens)

Symphony in C (Balanchine)
Nov 20, 23, 28 (Cuthbertson, Muntagirov; Nuñez, Hirano; Takada, Campbell; Naghdi, Zucchetti)
Nov 22, 26, 29 (Osipova, Bracewell; Lamb, Clarke; Choe, Sambé; O'Sullivan, Acri)

The Nutcracker Dec 3 2018 - Jan 15 2019 x19
The Sugar Plum Fairy, The Prince, Clara, Hans-Peter, Drosselmeyer
Dec 3§, 22m (Nuñez, Muntagirov, O'Sullivan, Sambé, Avis)
Dec 7 (Naghdi, Hirano, Maguire, Acri, Saunders)
Dec 12, 15 (Naghdi, Hirano, Hinkis, Zucchetti, Gartside)
Dec 15m, 28 (Choe, Ella*, Dean*, Yudes*, Gartside)
Dec 21 (Kaneko, Bracewell, Maguire, Acri, Saunders)
Dec 24m, 31 (Takada, Zucchetti, Hinkis, Dyer, Saunders)
Dec 28m (Calvert, Clarke, O'Sullivan, Sambé, Marriott)
Jan 1m (Stix-Brunell, Edmonds, Gasparini, Ella, Marriott)
Jan 1 (Kaneko, Bracewell, Maguire, Acri, Whitehead)
Jan 5 (Lamb, Hirano, Gasparini, Ella, Marriott)
Jan 7 (Cuthbertson, Clarke, Gasparini, Ella, Avis)
Jan 8 (Lamb, Hirano, Hinkis, Dyer, Whitehead)
Jan 9, 15 (Morera, Bonelli, Gasparini, Ella, Avis)
Jan 11 (Cuthbertson, Clarke, Maguire, Acri, Whitehead)

‡ Casting may change so please check on the ROH website
* Role debut with the Royal Ballet at the ROH
§ Live cinema relay
§§ Schools' matinée

March 30, 2018
RB reviews: Manon March - May 2018
Hayward/Bonelli cast unless otherwise stated
Jann Parry, DanceTabs
David Nice, The Arts Desk
Luke Jennings, The Observer (includes Osipova/Shklyarov & Nuñez/Bolle)
Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide (Osipova/Shklyarov)
Louise Levene, Financial Times (Osipova/Shklyarov)
Jeffrey Taylor, Sunday Express (Osipova/Shklyarov)
Rachel Elderkin, Fjord Review (Nuñez/Bolle)
Michelle Potter, …on dancing (Hamilton/Kish)
Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard International (Lamb/Muntagirov cinema relay)
Zoë Anderson, The Independent
Neil Norman, The Stage
G.J. Dowler, Classical Source
Unattributed, The Telegraph
Graham Watts, Bachtrack
Emma Byrne, Evening Standard
Jaine Blackman, Oxford Mail (Lamb/Muntagirov cinema relay)

Photos: Bill Cooper, ROH
Foteini Christofilopoulou, DanceTabs
Alice Pennefather, The Ballet Bag

Videos: Manon in rehearsal (Lamb/Muntagirov), ROH Facebook
The dancers talk about Manon, ROH YouTube
The courtesans, ROH YouTube
Deborah MacMillan talks about Manon, ROH YouTube

March 20, 2018
Royal Ballet schedule for 2018/2019 season

12 RB main stage programmes (132 performances)
m = matinée    † = live cinema relay

World Ballet Day (with The Australian Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, and other companies)
Live streaming on October 2 - details

Mayerling (MacMillan) October x14 performances, October 8, 10, 12, 13m, 13, 15†, 17, 19m, 19, 20, 22, 25, 27, 30 2018 ROH link CASTING

La Bayadère x12, November 1, 3m, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10m, 13†, 14, 16, 17 ROH link CASTING

Infra (McGregor) / The Unknown Soldier (NEW Alastair Marriott) / Symphony in C (Balanchine) x6, November 20, 22, 23, 26, 28, 29 ROH link CASTING

The Nutcracker x19, December 3†, 7, 12,15m, 15, 21, 22m, 24m, 28m, 28, 31; January 1m, 1, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 15 2019 ROH link CASTING

Les Patineurs (Ashton) / Winter Dreams (MacMillan) / The Concert (Robbins) x6, December 18, 19, 20m, 20; January 2, 4 ROH link CASTING

Asphodel Meadows (Scarlett) / The Two Pigeons (Ashton) x6, January 18, 19m; February 2m, 2, 5, 13 ROH link CASTING

NEW Liam Scarlett for the RBS / The Two Pigeons x3, February 12, 14, 16m ROH link CASTING

Don Quixote (Acosta) x17, February 15, 16, 19†, 20, 22, 23m, 23, 27; March 1, 2, 22, 25, 30m, 30; April 1, 3, 4 ROH link CASTING

Frankenstein (Scarlett) x8, March 5, 8, 11, 12, 15, 18, 23m, 23 ROH link CASTING

Romeo & Juliet (MacMillan) x24, March 26, 28m, 28; April 10, 13m, 13, 26, 27m, 27; May 1, 4m, 4, 11m, 11, 13, 14, 17, 22, 23m, 23, 25m, 25, 29; June 1, 7m, 11† ROH link CASTING

Within the Golden Hour (Wheeldon) / NEW Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui / Flight Pattern (Pite) x7, May 8, 9, 15, 16†, 18m, 18, 21 ROH link CASTING

The Firebird (Fokine) / A Month in the Country (Ashton) / Symphony in C (Balanchine) x7, June 4m, 4, 8m, 8, 12, 13, 14 ROH link

Royal Ballet School Summer Performance
, July 14 ROH link

World Ballet Day returns on October 2, 2018
Linbury Studio Theatre programme is yet to be announced
The Royal Ballet Summer tour 2019 will be to Los Angeles and Japan
Cinema relays from the ROH - October 15, Mayerling / November 13, La Bayadère / December 3, The Nutcracker / February 19, Don Quixote / May 16, Flight Pattern mixed bill / June 11, Romeo & Juliet

Royal Ballet press release 20.3.18

March 16, 2018
RB reviews: Bernstein Centenary triple bill (Yugen, The Age of Anxiety, Corybantic Games) March 2018
Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times
Hanna Weibye, The Arts Desk
Debra Craine, The Times
Jann Parry, DanceTabs
Neil Norman, The Stage
Mark Monahan, The Telegraph
Zoë Anderson, The Independent
Luke Jennings, The Observer
David Dougill, Sunday Times
Siobhan Murphy, TimeOut London
Louise Levene, Financial Times
Graham Watts, Bachtrack
Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide
Jeffrey Taylor, Sunday Express
Emma Byrne, Evening Standard
Sam Smith, The Londonist
G.J. Dowler, Classical Source
Vikki Jane Vile, Broadway World
Joy Sable, Jewish Chronicle
Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard
Rachel Elderkin, Fjord Review

Corybantic
Corybantic Games. Photo ©ROH/Andrej Uspenski 2018

Features: Bernstein and the art of symphonic ballet, Graham Watts, Bachtrack
Edmund de Waal on collaborating with Wayne McGregor, The Telegraph
The costumes of Yugen and Corybantic Games, Mode & Motion
Charles Hazlewood discusses Bernstein's Serenade after Plato's 'Symposium' (the music for Corybantic Games), BBC iPlayer

Photos: Dave Morgan, DanceTabs
Andrej Uspenski, ROH: Yugen, Corybantic Games
Alice Pennefather, The Ballet Bag

Videos: RB Insight event with Wayne McGregor & Christopher Wheeldon
Wayne McGregor & Edmund de Waal talk about Yugen, ROH YouTube
Yugen pas de deux with Sarah Lamb & Calvin Richardson, ROH YouTube
Liam Scarlett on The Age of Anxiety, ROH YouTube
Christopher Wheeldon & Erdem Moralioglu on Corybantic Games, ROH YouTube

February 19, 2018
Critics' Circle National Dance Awards 2017
The winners of the 18th National Dance Awards were announced in a ceremony at the Barbican, London on February 19 2018. Zenaida Yanowsky won Best Female Dancer (her third CC award) and Marcelino Sambé won Outstanding Male Performance (Classical) for his Colas in La Fille mal gardée. The award for Best Classical Choreography, sponsored by the Ballet Association, was given to Akram Khan for his Giselle for ENB. Other nominees from the Royal Ballet were Francesca Hayward, Yasmine Naghdi, Kristen McNally and, amongst the choreographic awards, Crystal Pite (for Flight Pattern) and Liam Scarlett (for Symphonic Dances)

Full list of winners
Photo gallery, DanceTabs

February 14, 2018
RB reviews: The Winter's Tale Feb - March 2018
Cuthbertson/Hirano/Lamb/Muntagirov cast unless otherwise stated
Clement Crisp, Financial Times
Debra Craine, The Times
Jann Parry, DanceTabs
Mark Monahan, The Telegraph
Luke Jennings, The Observer
David Dougill, Sunday Times
Zoë Anderson, The Independent
Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack
Vikki Jane Vile, Broadway World
G.J. Dowler, ClassicalSource
Naomi Cockshutt, British Theatre Guide
Jeffery Taylor, Sunday Express
Joy Sable, Jewish Chronicle

Winter 2018
Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov in The Winter's Tale Act II. Photo ©ROH/Tristram Kenton 2018

Photos: Tristram Kenton, Royal Opera House
Foteini Christofilipoulou, DanceTabs (two casts)

January 21, 2018
RB reviews: Giselle Jan - March 2018
Nuñez/Bonelli cast unless otherwise stated
Luke Jennings, The Observer
Hanna Weibye, The Arts Desk
Debra Craine, The Times
David Dougill, Sunday Times
Graham Watts, Bachtrack
Jann Parry, DanceTabs
Louise Levene, Financial Times
Zoë Anderson, The Independent
G.J. Dowler, ClassicalSource
Jeffery Taylor, Sunday Express
Anna Winter, The Stage
Vikki Jane Vile, Broadway World
Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard International
Laura Freeman, Evening Standard
Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times (Osipova/Hallberg/Ball)
Debra Craine, The Times (Osipova/Hallberg/Ball)
Leigh Witchel, danclog.nyc (Osipova/Ball)
Jann Parry, DanceTabs (Hayward/Campbell)
Mark Monahan, The Telegraph (Hayward/Campbell)
Judith Mackrell, The Guardian (Hayward/Campbell)
Naomi Cockshutt, British Theatre Guide (Hayward/Campbell)
David Dougill, Sunday Times (Hayward/Campbell)

Giselle 2018
Marianela Nuñez & Federico Bonelli. Photo by Helen Maybanks ©ROH/Helen Maybanks 2018

Photos: Helen Maybanks & Tristram Kenton, ROH
Bill Cooper, ROH (Osipova/Hallberg/Ball)
Dave Morgan, DanceTabs (Naghdi/Ball & Hayward/Campbell casts)

January 18, 2018
RB 2017/2018 Summer season casting
(m = matinée)

Swan Lake May 17 - June 21 2018 x24
May 17; June 1, 6, 12§ (Nuñez, Muntagirov)
May 19, 31; June 15, 21† (Takada, Bracewell)
May 22 (Takada, Bonelli)
May 23; June 5, 14 (Lamb, Hirano)
May 28m; June 11 (Naghdi, Kish)
May 28; June 9, 15m, 19 (Osipova, Ball)
June 2, 8 (Lamb, Bonelli)
June 18 (Naghdi, Bonelli)

Special performances:
May 19m Welcome Performance (Lamb, Hirano)
May 21 Student Performance (Nuñez, Muntagirov)
June 6m Taylor Family Foundation Schools' Matinée (Naghdi, Kish)

‡ Casting may change so please check on the ROH website
§ Live cinema relay
† End of Royal Ballet's London season

Macfarlane Lac
One of John Macfarlane's designs for Swan Lake. ©ROH

December 31, 2017
Birmingham Royal Ballet reviews: The Nutcracker, London, December 2017
Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide
Zoë Anderson, The Independent
Bruce Marriott, DanceTabs
David Mead, SeeingDance
Stefan Kyriazis, The Express
Neil Norman, The Stage
Sam Smith, Londonist

December 6, 2017
RB reviews: The Nutcracker December 2017
Lamb/McRae cast unless otherwise stated
Clement Crisp, Financial Times
Debra Craine, The Times
David Dougill, Sunday Times
Jenny Gilbert, The Arts Desk
Jann Parry, DanceTabs
Grahm Watts, Bachtrack
Neil Norman, The Stage
Rachel Ward, The Telegraph
G.J. Dowler, Classical Source
Zoë Anderson, The Independent
Sam Smith, Londonist
Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard International
Joy Sable, Jewish Chronicle
Meghan Feeks, Huffington Post
Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide (Nuñez/Muntagirov)
Jeffery Taylor, Sunday Express (Calvert/Kish)
Mark Ronan, blog

Nutcracker
Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae. Photo ©ROH/Karolina Kuras

Photos: Karolina Kuras, ROH
Foteini Christofilopoulou, DanceTabs

November 25, 2017
RB reviews: Sylvia November 2017
Nuñez/Muntagirov cast unless otherwise stated
Clement Crisp, Financial Times
Clement Crisp, Financial Times (Osipova/Bonelli, Cuthbertson/Clarke)
Jann Parry, DanceTabs
Judith Mackrell, The Guardian (Nuñez/Muntagirov, Osipova/Bonelli)
Debra Craine, The Times
David Dougill, Sunday Times
Hanna Weibye, The Arts Desk
Mark Monahan, Telegraph
Louise Levene, The Spectator (all casts)
Laura Freeman, Evening Standard
Margaret Willis, Bachtrack
G.J. Dowler, Classical Source
Zoë Anderson, The Independent (Osipova/Bonelli)
Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard International
Anna Winter, The Stage
Naomi Cockshutt, British Theatre Guide (Cuthbertson/Clarke)
Siobhan Murphy, TimeOut
Jeffery Taylor, Sunday Express (Osipova/Bonelli)

Sylvia
Marianela Nuñez and company members. ©ROH/Tristram Kenton 2010

Photos: Alice Pennefather, ROH
Dave Morgan, DanceTabs

November 21, 2017
Critics' Circle National Dance Awards 2017
The nominations for the 18th National Dance Awards were announced on November 21 2017. (The Ballet Association sponsors the award for Best Classical Choreography.)

Royal Ballet related nominees are: Marcelino Sambé (Best Male Dancer, also Outstanding Male Performance, Classical); Francesca Hayward, Yasmine Naghdi, Zenaida Yanowsky (Best Female Dancer); Crystal Pite, Liam Scarlett (Best Classical Choreography); Kristen McNally (Outstanding Female Performance, Classical).

The winners will be announced on Monday, 19th February 2018, and THE NOMINEES are…

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November 7, 2017
RB reviews: The Ilustrated 'Farewell' / The Wind / Untouchable November 2017
Clement Crisp, The Financial Times
Alastair Macaulay, New York Times
Jenny Gilbert, The Arts Desk
Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
Jann Parry, DanceTabs
Luke Jennings, The Observer
Graham Watts, Bachtrack
Mark Monahan, The Telegraph
Debra Craine, The Times
David Dougill, Sunday Times
Louise Levene, The Spectator
Siobhan Murphy, Time Out
Michelle Potter, … on dancing
Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide
Zoë Anderson, The Independent
G.J.Dowler, Classical Source
Anna Winter, Exeunt
Neil Norman, The Stage
Jeffery Taylor, Sunday Express
Laura Freeman, Evening Standard

Farewell
Sarah Lamb & Steven McRae in Twyla Tharp's The Illustrated 'Farewell'. ©ROH / Tristram Kenton 2017

Photos
Tristram Kenton, ROH
Foteini Christofilopoulou, DanceTabs
Alice Pennefather, The Ballet Bag

Videos
Insight evening with Twyla Tharp - The Illustrated 'Farewell', ROH YouTube
Insight evening with Arthur Pita - The Wind, ROH YouTube
Arthur Pita rehearses The Wind, ROH YouTube

Features
Twyla Tharp interviews - Judith Mackrell, The Guardian; Neil Norman, The Stage
Arthur Pita - Laura Cappelle, Financial Times

October 19, 2017
Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration
This programme to mark the 25th anniversary of Sir Kenneth MacMillan's death is a collaboration between dancers of The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet and Yorke Dance Project.

Reviews
1. Concerto, Birmingham Royal Ballet / Le Baiser de la fée, Scottish Ballet / Elite Syncopations, Mixed companies
Clement Crisp, Financial Times
Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
Jann Parry, DanceTabs
Mark Monahan, The Telegraph
Mary Brennan, Herald Scotland
Zoë Anderson, The Independent
Graham Watts, Bachtrack
Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide

2. The Judas Tree, The Royal Ballet / The Song of the Earth, English National Ballet
Clement Crisp, Financial Times
Graham Watts, Bachtrack
Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
Jann Parry, DanceTabs
Debra Craine, The Times
Zoë Anderson, The Independent
Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide (includes The Royal Ballet in Jeux)
Anna Winter, The Stage

3. Gloria, Northern Ballet / The Judas Tree, The Royal Ballet / Elite Syncopations, Mixed companies / Sea Of Troubles, Yorke Dance Project
Jann Parry, DanceTabs
Debra Craine, The Times
Jenny Gilbert, The Arts Desk
Mark Monahan, The Telegraph
Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide
Graham Watts, Bachtrack and Sea of Troubles

Season roundup by Clement Crisp, Financial Times
Roundup by Rachel Elderkin, Fjord Review

Features
MacMillan: master at the heart of British ballet. Clement Crisp, Financial Times
Bringing Back Le Baiser de la fée. Jann Parry, DanceTabs
Kenneth MacMillan: the dark genius of British ballet. Ismene Brown, The Spectator
Royal Ballet dancers on Kenneth MacMillan. Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
interview with Yolande York-Edgell on staging Sea of Troubles, Londondance

Photos
The Royal Ballet in The Judas Tree - Dave Morgan, DanceTabs
BRB, Scottish Ballet, ENB, Northern Ballet, RB in Concerto, Le Baiser de la fée, Elite Syncopations - Dave Morgan, DanceTabs
Mixed companies in Elite Syncopations, Alice Pennefather, The Ballet Bag

Videos
The Genius of Kenneth MacMillan, 10.10.17 - ROH
The Legacy of Kenneth MacMillan, 13.10.17 - ROH
Elite Syncopations in rehearsal - ROH

Twitter link

October 17, 2017
Royal Ballet 2017/2018 Spring season casting
(m = matinée)

Manon March 29 - May 16 2018 x16 performances
Manon, Des Grieux, Lescaut, Lescaut's mistress, Monsieur G.M.
March 29; April 19 (Hayward, Bonelli, Campbell, Calvert, Saunders)
April 5, 13 (Osipova, Shklyarov†, Sambé, Naghdi, Avis)
April 11, 16 (Nuñez, Bolle†, Sambé, Stix-Brunell, Saunders)
April 19m; May 7 (Hamilton, Kish, Zucchetti, Hinkis, Gartside)
April 26; May 3‡ (Lamb, Muntagirov, Hirano, Mendizabal, Avis)
April 28; May 5 (Takada, Campbell, Hay, Choe, Whitehead)
May 1, 12m (Hayward, Bonelli, Campbell, Calvert, Whitehead)
May 7m, 16 (Cuthbertson, Clarke, Hirano, Mendizabal, Gartside)

† Vladimir Shklyarov and Roberto Bolle are guest artists
‡ Live cinema relay

Obsidian
Matthew Ball & Calvin Richardson in Wayne McGregor's Obsidian Tear. Photo ©ROH/Andrej Uspenski

Obsidian Tear / Marguerite and Armand / Elite Syncopations April 14 - May 11 2018 x8 performances
April 14, 18 (Ball, Richardson / Ferri†, Bonelli / Lamb, Hirano)
April 25 (Ella, Brændsrød / Cuthbertson, Ball / Takada, Kish)
April 30 (Ball, Richardson / Nuñez, Muntagirov / Stix-Brunell, Edmonds)
May 2 (Ella, Brændsrød / Cuthbertson, Ball / Takada, Kish)
May 4 (Ball, Richardson / Osipova, Shklyarov† / Hamilton, Clarke)
May 8 (Ball, Richardson / Nuñez, Muntagirov / Stix-Brunell, Edmonds)
May 11 (Ella, Sissens / Osipova, Shklyarov / Hamilton, Clarke)

† Alessandra Ferri and Vladimir Shklyarov are guest artists
Note: Casting may change so please check on the ROH website

October 11, 2017
World Ballet Day 2017
World Ballet Day was relayed live on October 5th, the following are links to various companies' contributions:

Australian Ballet
The Bolshoi Ballet
The Royal Ballet - part 1 / part 2
Scottish Ballet - Rite of Spring rehearsal
Dutch National Ballet - Mata Hari rehearsal
English National Ballet - The Song of the Earth rehearsal
Norwegian National Ballet
National Ballet of Canada
San Francisco Ballet

Photos: The Royal Ballet by Charlotte MacMillan

WBD17

September 28, 2017
RB reviews: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, September 2017
Clement Crisp, Financial Times
Jann Parry, DanceTabs
Mark Monahan, The Telegraph
Hanna Weibye, The Arts Desk
Zoë Anderson, The Independent
Donald Hutera, The Times
Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide
Graham Watts, Bachtrack
Jeffery Taylor, Sunday Express

Cat
Beatriz Stix-Brunell as Alice. Photo by Bill Cooper ©ROH/Bill Cooper 2012

Photos: Dave Morgan, DanceTabs

September 18, 2017
The Royal Ballet goes to Hull
In Hull's year as UK City of Culture, and to celebrate the reopening of the New Theatre after refurbishment, Royal Ballet dancers, Xander Parish from the Mariinsky Ballet, Joseph Caley from ENB (and others) performed in a gala on September 16th. Some links to photos are listed below.

Hull
Backstage at the New Theatre. Photo ©Instagram/James Hay

Reviews: Louise Levene, Financial Times
Siobhan Murphy, DanceTabs

Photos: Emma Kauldhar, Dance Europe
Various photographers, ROH/Instagram

July 20, 2017
Royal Ballet 2017/2018 Winter season casting
(m = matinée)

Giselle Jan 19 - Mar 9 2018 x14
Jan 19 (Nuñez, Bonelli)
Jan 20m, Feb 2 (Lamb, Hirano)
Jan 20, Feb 5 (Takada, Ella)
Feb 1 (Nuñez, Muntagirov)
Feb 8 (Nuñez, Bonelli)
Feb 9 (Hayward*, Campbell)
Feb 10m (Naghdi*, Ball*)
Feb 12 (Morera, Kish)
Feb 21 (Cuthbertson, Bonelli)
Mar 1, 9 (Osipova, Hallberg*†)
Mar 2 (Lamb, Kish)

† David Hallberg is a guest artist

The Winter's Tale Feb 13 - Mar 21 2018 x10
(Hermione, Leontes, Perdita, Florizel, Paulina, Polixenes)
Feb 13, 24m, 28§ (Cuthbertson, Hirano, Lamb, Muntagirov, Morera, Ball*)
Feb 15; Mar 5, 13 (Nuñez, Soares, Stix-Brunell, Muntagirov, Mendizabal, Bracewell*)
Feb 16 (Calvert, Hirano*, Hayward, Hay, Morera, Clarke*)
Feb 24 (Kaneko*, Bonelli*, Hayward, Campbell* Heap*, Brændsrød*)
Mar 20 (Calvert, Hirano, Hayward, Hay, Mendizabal, Clarke)
Mar 21 (Kaneko, Bonelli, Takada, Campbell, Heap, Brændsrød)

Winter's Tale
Francesca Hayward & James Hay in The Winter's Tale. ©ROH/Bill Cooper 2016


Bernstein Centenary programme Mar 15 - Apr 9 2018 x7
Yugen (NEW Wayne McGregor)
Mar 15, 23, 27§ (Bonelli, Bracewell, Churches, Hamilton, Hayward, Katsura, Kay, Lamb, Richardson, Sissens, Takada)
Mar 17; April 3, 9 (Ball, Cowley, Dubreuil, Dyer, Edmonds, Grennell, Hay, Heap, Kaneko, Richardson, Stock)
Apr 6 (Bonelli, Bracewell, Churches, Dyer, Ella, Hamilton, Hayward, Katsura, Lamb, Sissens, Takada)

The Age of Anxiety (Liam Scarlett)
Rosetta, Emble, Quant, Malin
Mar 15, 23, 27§; April 6 (Lamb, Campbell, Gartside, Dyer)
Mar 17; Apr 3, 9 (Lamb, Acri*, Whitehead*, Hay*)

Corybantic Games (NEW Christopher Wheeldon)
All dates (Ball, Bracewell, Cuthbertson, Heap, Hirano, Magri, Naghdi, Sambé, Stix-Brunell)

* Role debut with The Royal Ballet
§ Live cinema relay
‡ Casting may change so please check on the ROH website