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Royal Ballet & Opera: Ballet to Broadway (12+)

May 22, 2025 @ 19:15

Royal Ballet & Opera: Ballet to Broadway (12+)

Sensuous contemporary ballet meets the energy of musical theatre in four distinctive short works. Fool’s Paradise, The Two of Us, Us, An American in Paris: four works showing the remarkable choreographic range of The Royal Ballet’s Artistic Associate, Christopher Wheeldon.

LIVE: Thursday 22 May 2025, 19:15 BST
Running time 180 minutes
Cast:
To be confirmed
Creatives:
CHOREOGRAPHY Christopher Wheeldon
CONDUCTOR Koen Kessels
ORCHESTRA Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
MUSIC:
Joby Talbot
Joni Mitchell
Keaton Henson
George Gershwhin

Long Summary:

FOOL’S PARADISE

Luminescent and shimmering, Fool’s Paradise marked the first of Wheeldon’s many collaborations with composer Joby Talbot. It was created in 2007 for Wheeldon’s own company, Morphoses, and first performed in 2012 by The Royal Ballet.

THE TWO OF US

The wistful songs of Joni Mitchell set the scene for the UK premiere of The Two of Us, a duet of deep intimacy and yearning. It was created in 2020 for the Fall for Dance Festival in New York, and had American ballet dancers Sarah Mearns and David Hallberg in its original cast.

US (DUET)

Us is a tender duet danced by two men. It was created in 2017 for BalletBoyz and is set to Keaten Henson’s music.
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (BALLET)
The Royal Ballet celebrates Wheeldon’s extraordinary success in musical theatre by performing the ballet scene from his Tony Award-winning musical An American in Paris. Set to Gershwin’s jazzy melodies, the musical is inspired by the 1951 film of the same name starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. The musical went on to win four Tony awards. The full musical depicts a blossoming romance between the American G.I. Jerry Mulligan and a French ballerina, Lise Dassin. The ballet excerpt was Wheeldon’s take on one of the most memorable scenes from the film – an extended sequence in which the two central characters dance through Paris.
Dinner and a Show!
Bill’s Kitchen, within Ludlow Assembly Rooms, is now offering a 2-course meal before the show for only £15 (if booked 24 hours in advance). Book your table directly with Bill’s Kitchen and come along any time after 5.30pm to eat before the show starts – the earlier you come the bigger the menu selection. Please note that due to the popularity of these events you may be invited to share a table with other diners on the night.
For information about the meals, please contact Bill’s Kitchen directly on 01584 877956 or please book via the Bill’s Kitchen meal-deal booking page

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May 22, 2025
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19:15
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