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    1. June 13, 2014

      Romeo and Juliet, Royal Albert Hall, London – review

      Many critics turned up their noses at Derek Deane’s in-the-round production of Romeo and Juliet when it premiered in 1998:...

    2. June 6, 2014

      Romeo and Juliet, Royal Albert Hall, London

      English National Ballet makes its by-now traditional summer visit to the Royal Albert Hall with a big ballet staged in the...

    1. April 3, 2014

      Lest We Forget, Barbican, London – review

      In 1914, my father enlisted in the army, aged 17, and served throughout the war in France. I once asked him: “What was it...

    2. April 21, 2013

      Ecstasy and Death, Coliseum, London – review

      English National Ballet has some explaining to do. The triple bill proposed for last week’s brief London season was...

    3. February 13, 2013

      Ashton Ballets, Royal Opera House, London

      A programme of Ashton ballets arrived on the Covent Garden stage on Tuesday night, and barely touched the boards. From the...

    4. January 18, 2013

      The Inventory: Tamara Rojo

      Tamara Rojo, 38, principal dancer with the Royal Ballet from 2000 to 2012, is now artistic director and principal dancer...

    5. January 10, 2013

      The Sleeping Beauty, Coliseum, London

      Kenneth MacMillan revered The Sleeping Beauty. In it he made his first appearance on stage at Covent Garden in 1946. He...

    6. October 19, 2012

      When perfection isn’t enough

      I’m no balletomane, but I was struck by a remark in a recent interview with Tamara Rojo, marking her appointment as director...

    7. June 6, 2012

      The Prince of the Pagodas, Royal Opera House, London

      From the first, in 1956, when Benjamin Britten made the score for John Cranko’s dances and his addled scenario, there was...

    8. October 10, 2011

      Royal Ballet Triple Bill, Royal Opera House, London

      Ballet’s monsters, the Mariinsky dinosaurs and their modern progeny, have become irresistible to audiences, what “going to...

    9. September 21, 2011

      Jewels, Royal Opera House, London

      The Royal Ballet opened its 65th season at Covent Garden on Tuesday night. Not necessarily an important anniversary, but it...

    10. June 13, 2011

      Strictly Gershwin, Royal Albert Hall, London

      Strictly Gershwin, Derek Deane’s staging for English National Ballet, is returned to Kensington Gore. It is brash, loud,...

    11. October 21, 2010

      Royal Ballet Quadruple Bill, Royal Opera House, London

      Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta in ‘Winter Dreams’ The four one-act ballets now on view at Covent Garden are A Very Good...

    12. May 8, 2010

      Asphodel Meadows, Royal Opera House, London

      An evening, or rather two-thirds of an evening, of rarest pleasure with the Royal Ballet on Wednesday, but the rest of it –...

    13. April 23, 2010

      Old Spanish customs, old English ways

      There are a number of British institutions, the very mention of which are guaranteed to provoke laughter, hostility or...

    14. January 15, 2010

      Romeo and Juliet, Royal Opera House, London

      Tamara Rojo In February 1965 Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet made its first appearance at the Royal Opera House. It...

    15. September 23, 2009

      Deadly serious about rehearsals

      The Linbury Theatre stage is bare. A ladder leads up to an open window. Lighting. More and yet more lighting, moody enough...

    16. September 22, 2009

      Goldberg, Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, London

      The Linbury Theatre stage is bare. A ladder leads up to an open window. Lighting. More and yet more lighting, moody enough...

    17. June 12, 2009

      Jewels

      I wonder if any ballet has an ending more subtly heart-touching than that of Emeralds , the first part of Balanchine's...

    18. June 11, 2009

      Jewels, Covent Garden, London

      I wonder if any ballet has an ending more subtly heart-touching than that of Emeralds, the first part of Balanchine’s...

    19. June 1, 2009

      Fate unleashed in a perfect storm

      Ondine , returned to the Royal Ballet repertory in its 50th year, is the most haunting - because most haunted - of Ashton's...

    20. May 31, 2009

      Ondine, Royal Opera House, London

      Ondine, returned to the Royal Ballet repertory in its 50th year, is the most haunting – because most haunted – of Ashton’s...

    21. May 18, 2009

      New Works

      I do not give a damn if a newt drops off the list of endangered species. I care desperately about endangered classical...

    22. May 17, 2009

      New Works, Linbury Theatre, London

      I do not give a damn if a newt drops off the list of endangered species. I care desperately about endangered classical...

    23. February 4, 2009

      The Seven Deadly Sins/Carmen/DGV

      By the pricking of my thumbs/ Something wicked this way comes . And it is the Royal Ballet's triple bill, which assembles...

    24. February 3, 2009

      Three ballets, Royal Opera House, London

      The Seven Deadly Sins/Carmen/DGV By the pricking of my thumbs/Something wicked this way comes. And it is the Royal Ballet’s...

    25. January 16, 2009

      La Bayadère

      If, at times, the ballet repertory resembles Jurassic Park, with dance dinosaurs lumbering into view, we have to accept...

    26. January 15, 2009

      La Bayadère, Royal Opera House, London

      If, at times, the ballet repertory resembles Jurassic Park, with dance dinosaurs lumbering into view, we have to accept that...

    27. January 10, 2009

      Dance - Clement Crisp

      La Bayadère Royal Opera House London WC2 As a fine antidote to Nutcracker -itis, that seasonal danger for dance-lovers, I...

    28. December 6, 2008

      Dance Clement Crisp

      Ondine Royal Opera House London WC2 A last chance tonight at Covent Garden to see Ashton's wonderful Ondine , with Tamara...

    29. December 6, 2008

      Ondine

      Ondine has returned to the Royal Ballet, and to my eyes it remains one of the most mysterious and satisfying works in the...

    30. November 29, 2008

      Dance Clement Crisp

      Ondine Royal Opera House, London WC2 The best news of the week is the return to the Royal Ballet repertoire of Ashton's...

    31. October 31, 2008

      Fresh airing for neglected gems

      Hurrah for triple bills. Hurrah for change of pace, of choreographic voice. The Royal Ballet is too concerned with dance...

    32. October 30, 2008

      Neglected gems’ fresh airing

      Hurrah for triple bills. Hurrah for change of pace, of choreographic voice. The Royal Ballet is too concerned with dance...

    33. October 4, 2008

      Dance - Clement Crisp

      Royal Ballet Royal Opera House London WC2 At Covent Garden the coming events of the new ballet season cast their...

    34. June 17, 2008

      Strictly Gershwin, Royal Albert Hall, London

      The trouble with popular music is that people won’t leave well alone. The lilting melody, the sardonic verse wrapped in an...

    35. June 14, 2008

      Dance - Clement Crisp

      Strictly Gershwin Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 If you can get tickets - and I gather that this Derek Deane spectacular for...

    36. June 7, 2008

      Dance - Clement Crisp

      The Royal Ballet Royal Opera House London WC2 The ballet season ends early this year, with our national troupe soon off to...

    37. April 12, 2008

      Dance - Clement Crisp

      Carlos Acosta Coliseum, London WC2 Today marks the end of the Spring Dance shenanigans at the Coliseum, and the last chances...

    38. April 2, 2008

      Carlos Acosta, Coliseum, London

      Billed as Carlos Acosta with Guest Artists from the Royal Ballet, the latest occupants of the Coliseum are indeed that. And...

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