Carlos Acosta’s celebrated production of Don Quixote returns

Don Quixote. Ryoichi Hirano as Espada and Artists of The Royal Ballet. (c) ROH, Johan Persson, 2013.

Carlos Acostas vibrant dance production of Miguel de Cervante’s classic tale Don Quixote returns to the Royal Opera House this Spring. Created specially for The Royal Ballet in 2013, this stunning production tells the story of the bumbling knight Don Quixote and his ever-faithful squire Sancho Panza, and their efforts to help the young lovers Kitri and Basilio. This revival features exciting debuts from Lauren Cuthbertson, Yasmine Naghdi and Mayara Magri as Kitri and Matthew Ball, Alexander Campbell and Marcelino Sambé as Basilio. Don Quixote includes a number of spectacular solos and pas de deux as well as outlandish comedy and romance as the dashing Basilio steals the heart of the beautiful Kitri.  Don Quixote will be live streamed to cinemas on Tuesday 19 February as part of the ROH Live Cinema Season.

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Don Quixote. Ryoichi Hirano as Espada. (c) ROH, Bill Cooper, 2014.
Don Quixote. Ryoichi Hirano as Espada. (c) ROH, Bill Cooper, 2014.

Carlos Acosta previously danced the role of Basilio in many productions of Don Quixote. He was invited by Kevin O’Hare Director of The Royal Ballet, to re-stage this much-loved classic in 2013. Acosta’s vibrant production evokes sunny Spain with designs by Tim Hatley who has also created productions for the National Theatre and for musicals including Dreamgirls, The Bodyguard and Shrek. Acosta’s choreography draws on Marius Petipa’s 1869 production of this classic ballet and is set to an exuberant score by Ludwig Minkusarranged and orchestrated by Martin Yates. Having retired from classical ballet in 2016 Acosta is now Royal Ballet Principal Guest Répétiteur, leading on rehearsals and staging for this revival.

Don Quixote. Ryoichi Hirano as Espada and Artists of The Royal Ballet. (c) ROH, Johan Persson, 2013.
Don Quixote. Ryoichi Hirano as Espada and Artists of The Royal Ballet. (c) ROH, Johan Persson, 2013.
Don Quixote. Sarah Lamb as Kitri, Federico Bonelli as Basilio and Artists of The Royal Ballet. (c) ROH, Johan Persson, 2013.
Don Quixote. Sarah Lamb as Kitri, Federico Bonelli as Basilio and Artists of The Royal Ballet. (c) ROH, Johan Persson, 2013.
Don Quixote. Marianela Nu§ez (c) ROH, Johan Persson
Don Quixote. Marianela Nu§ez (c) ROH, Johan Persson
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