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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
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

Videos
The Genius of Kenneth MacMillan, 10.10.17 - ROH
The Legacy of Kenneth MacMillan, 13.10.17 - ROH

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

Manon March 29 - May 16 x16 performances
(Manon, Des Grieux, Lescaut, Lescaut's mistress, Monsieur G.M.)
March 29; April 19 (Morera, Bonelli, Campbell, Calvert, Saunders)
April 5, 13 (Osipova, Hallberg†, Sambé, Naghdi, Avis)
April 11, 16 (Nuñez, Bolle†, Zucchetti, 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, McRae, Hay, Choe, Whitehead)
May 1, 12m (Hayward, Watson, Campbell, Calvert, Whitehead)
May 7m, 16 (Cuthbertson, Clarke, Hirano, Mendizabal, Gartside)

† David Hallberg 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 x8 performances
April 14, 18 (Ball, Richardson / Ferri†, Bonelli / Lamb, Hirano)
April 25 (Ella, Sissens / Cuthbertson, Ball / Takada, Kish)
April 30 (Bracewell, Brændsrød / Nuñez, Muntagirov / Stix-Brunell, Edmonds)
May 2 (Bracewell, Brændsrød / Cuthbertson, Ball / Takada, Kish)
May 4 (Ella, Sissens / Osipova, Shklyarov† / Hamilton, Clarke)
May 8 (Ball, Richardson / Nuñez, Muntagirov / Stix-Brunell, Edmonds)
May 11 (Ball, Richardson / 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 2018 Winter season casting
(m = matinée)

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

† David Hallberg is a guest artist

The Winter's Tale Feb 13 - Mar 21 x10
(Hermione, Leontes, Perdita, Florizel, Paulina, Polixenes)
Feb 13, 24m, 28§ (Cuthbertson, Watson, Lamb, McRae, Morera, Ball*)
Feb 15; Mar 5, 13 (Nuñez, Soares, Stix-Brunell, Muntagirov, Mendizabal, Bracewell*)
Feb 16; Mar 20 (Calvert, Hirano*, Hayward, Hay, Arestis, Clarke*)
Feb 24, 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 x7
NEW Wayne McGregor
casting tba

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

NEW Christopher Wheeldon
casting tba

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