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Watch Christopher Wheeldon’s Ballet The Winter's Tale in Cinemas

Christopher Wheeldon Winter's Tale

The Royal Opera House production of his full-length ballet, based on Shakespeare’s enduring tale of love, loss and reconciliation, is being screened around the country.

Steven McRae as Florizel in The Winter's Tale (c) ROH / Johan Persson, 2014 in The Winter's Tale (c) ROH / Johan Persson, 2014

We still have to wait a bit to see Wheeldon's Broadway directing debut when his An American Paris premieres on Broadway this spring (it begins previews in March). But that doesn't mean you can't get a taste of his creativity at the moment. After he found new audiences with his Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, he presented a new full-length work at Covent Garden last year based on Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. Now the Royal Opera House production is being screened at select cinemas in New York City and beyond.

As critic Judith Mackrell raved in The Guardian: "This Winter's Tale is one of most fully achieved story ballets to be created at the Royal in years." And Sarah Crompton, writing in The Telegraph, proclaimed that his "Winter's Tale is a triumph. It is contemporary and classical, traditional and modern, narrative and abstract. It feels like something entirely new."

But if you want to see it live, you'll have to wait til the fall and travel to Toronto. The National Ballet of Canada has announced that it will perform the Wheeldon Winter's Tale live from Nov. 14-22.

Click here to find tickets near you. Check out a trailer below:

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