English National Ballet will perform a new in-the-round version of multi award winning choreographer, Christopher Wheeldon’s, Cinderella, at the Royal Albert Hall from 06-16 June 2019.
Co-produced by English National Ballet and the Royal Albert Hall, Wheeldon’s inventive production features over 90 dancers and combines magnificent sets and costumes, theatrical surprises, and lively choreography set to Prokofiev’s famous score performed by English National Ballet Philharmonic, in what promises to be the ballet spectacular of 2019.
Tamara Rojo, English National Ballet’s Artistic Director said:“I’m so thrilled that Christopher is re-staging his magical Cinderella for English National Ballet. I can’t wait to see this production take shape in the magnificent space of the Royal Albert Hall, a venue we are always so pleased to return to.”
Lucy Noble, Artistic and Commercial Director for the Royal Albert Hall, said:“Nothing can compare to the epic spectacle of a ballet at the Royal Albert Hall, and this extraordinary re-staging of Cinderella will bring the immortal story to life on a grand scale. We’re thrilled to be working once more with English National Ballet and can’t wait to see what Christopher does with the world’s most famous stage.”
Working from the darkly intriguing Brothers Grimm version of the story, Wheeldon originally created Cinderella to great acclaim for Dutch National Ballet and San Francisco Ballet: he and his creative team now reunite for the re-staging of this sparkling ballet. The production includes striking set design by Julian Crouch – founder of the influential theatre company, Improbable – puppetry from Basil Twist (whose credits include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and projection from Daniel Brodie.
English National Ballet has presented grand-scale in-the-round productions at the Royal Albert Hall since 1997, including Swan Lake – with its record-breaking 60 swans – and re-workings of Romeo & Juliet and Sleeping Beauty.
Picture: Emma Hawes and Francesco Gabriele Frola © Jason Bell. Art Direction and Design Charlotte Wilkinson Studio”.