The Sleeping Beauty – Monday 16 January to Saturday 4 March. Various evening and matinee times. Tickets £9 - £170. Consult website.
Marianela Nuñez as Princess Aurora with artists of The Royal Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty © ROH 2011. Photo: Johan Persson
The Royal Ballet's signature work, the magical story of Princess Aurora, her coterie of fairies good and bad, and her release from a curse by the charming Prince Florimund has sumptuous designs by Oliver Messel, original choreography by Marius Petipa added to over the years by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon, and is danced to Tchaikovsky's ravishing score.
Woolf Works – Wednesday 1 to Thursday 23 March. Various evening and matinee times. Tickets £5 - £115. Consult website.
Wayne McGregor Woolf Works © ROH 2015. Photo: Tristram Kenton
Wayne McGregor's ambitious three-act homage to Virginia Woolf returns to the stage where it premiered to general acclaim in 2015 and went on to win an Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production and a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award. Danced to a transporting score by Max Richter, it is inspired by the novels Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves. A few performances will feature the luminous Italian ballerina Alessandra Ferri, on whom the first Act was created.
Spectrum, Acosta Danza – Monday 23 to Monday 30 January at 7.45pm. Sunday at 3pm. Tickets £4 to £35. Consult website.
Acosta Danza, Paysage, soudain la nuit. Photo: Johan Persson
Havana-based Acosta Danza is a vibrant troupe of versatile dancers, led by the Cuban superstar dancer and director Carlos Acosta. The company dances contemporary works privileging Latin choreographers little known in the West. This programme is a mixed bill of five works: Portal, by the excellent Spanish-born, Netherlands-based choreographer Juanjo Arqués; Faun, a duet for Carlos Acosta himself and Yaday Ponce by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, inspired by Nijinsky's L'Après Midi d'un Faun; Performance, choreographed by Micaela Taylor; Nosotros, by Beatriz Garcia and company dancer and aspiring choreographer Raul Reinoso; and Alrededor No Hay Nada with choreography by Spain's Goyo Montero.
Everyone Keeps Me/New Pam Tanowitz – Saturday 4 to Thursday 16 February (no weekend performance) at 7:30pm. Tickets £6-£23. Consult website.
Artists of The Royal Ballet in Pam Tanowitz's Everyone Keeps Me © ROH 2019. Photo: Bill Cooper
Pam Tanowitz is a New York choreographer whose highly original work never ceases to enthral and inspire. A new commission for The Royal Ballet fo follow her dazzling 2019 Everyone Keeps Me was scuppered by the pandemic, but now she's back with an as yet unnamed work set to Grammy-nominated composer Anna Clyne’s 'Breathing Statues', which will have its world premiere this season. We can't recommend this highly enough!
Insight: In Conversation with Laura Morera – Thursday 9 February at 7:45pm. Tickets £16. Consult website.
Laura Morera in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale © ROH 2014. Photo: Johan Persson
Royal Ballet principal Laura Morera is one of the most satisfying dancers in the company, combining sharp intelligence with delicate emotional investment in every role she performs. She will discuss her long and distinguished career with all its highs and lows. This event will probably sell out very quickly so, again, early booking is recommended.
|What||The Royal Ballet Winter Season|
|Where||Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Covent Garden (underground)|
16 Jan 23 – 23 Mar 23, Various starting times. Consult website