Don Quixote London Tickets
Don Quixote: Ballet in La Mancha
Don Quixote is one of the cornerstone works of European literature and the most influential Spanish novel in history. Among its scores of adaptations, the ballet version initially created by legendary Russian ballerina Marius Petipa is its most beloved. It is presented a new under the direction of Cuban choreographer Carlos Acosta.
Don Quixote is a famously sprawling novel, filled with tales of tomfoolery and romantic escapades. The ballet version dramatically condenses the novel's plot, allowing the focus to be on its movement. The story focuses on his quest to save his sweetheart, who it's perfectly clear does not, in fact, exist. Along the way, he meets Kitri and Basilio, young star-crossed lovers being kept apart by Kitri's father and the man Kitri is promised to, the arrogant and disreputable Gamache. Don Quixote makes it his mission to unite these two romantic lovers, eventually tricking Kitri's father and convincing Gamache that the woman he's truly in love with is a barmaid. The jovial, wandering plot includes numerous party scenes. Act I is set in a Barcelona marketplace. In Act II, Don Quixote challenges Gamache to a duel in an inn before moving to a camp of gypsies, where Don Quixote has his infamous charge at a windmill. Act III is set in a forest and the enchanted gardens, where fairies assist Don Quixote in his quest to marry Dulcinea -- until the moment reveals itself as fantasy. In the final act, Kitra and Basilio are married at the Duke's Castle. The feel-good ballet ends in a fiesta scene.
Don Quixote is playing at the Royal Opera House in London. The show runs 2 hours and 50 minutes in 3 acts. It is a limited run of performances, and seating is limited, so buy Don Quixote London tickets while they are available.
Although Don Quixote is now considered a classic of the Russian Imperial Ballet style, upon its initial run it was not successful. The famous Bolshoi Ballet choreographer Marius Petipa and composer Ludwig Minkus significantly revised the work following its unsatisfying initial run at Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre in 1869. They presented an expanded 5 act version at St Petersburg's Kamenny Theatre in 1873. Eventually, Alexander Gorsky split the difference, adapting Petipa and Minkus' two versions into a 1900 production at the Bolshoi Theatre. This version proved the test of time, with later productions of the work adapting choreography from Gorsky's interpretation of Petipa.
Don Quixote features the full ranks of the Royal Ballet, who are widely hailed as one of the world's greatest ballet companies. For this production, Carlos Acosta -- a Principal Guest Artist with The Royal Ballet and former star of a numerous productions, as well as an Olivier Award winning impresario -- is adapting the movement from Marius Petipa's original choreography. This is the first work Acosta has created for the company. The music is Ludwig Minkus' original 19th century score tightly fitted to Petipa's choreography. The arrangement and orchestration for this production is done by Martin Yates. Visual design was done by Tim Hatley and the lighting designer for the work is Hugh Vanstone. Don Quixote features the orchestra of the Royal Opera House conducted by Martin Yates. It stars the Principal Royal Ballet dancers Marianela Nuñez, Laura Morera and, of course, Carlos Acosta dancing the enviable role of Don Quixote.
The work was originally created by Marius Petipa, the French ballerina and choreographer who is widely regarded as one of ballet's most important figures. She held the position as premier maître de ballet at the St Petersburg Imperial Theatre from 1871 until 1903.
The work is commissioned and produced by The Royal Ballet under the auspices of the Royal Opera House. Support for the production is provided by The Friends of Covent Garden.
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