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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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