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The casting for Giselle and The Winter's Tale has just been posted on the ROH website:

http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/giselle-by-peter-wright

 

http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/the-winters-tale-by-christopher-wheeldon

 

Edit: Age of Anxiety casting now added.

http://www.roh.org.uk/mixed-programmes/new-wayne-mcgregor-the-age-of-anxiety-new-christopher-wheeldon

 It will probable be some time before we know the casting of the new works.

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16 minutes ago, John Mallinson said:

…and Osipova partnered by David Hallberg in two performances of Giselle!

 

My 'headlines' are the Giselle/Albrechts for Naghdi/Ball :)and Hayward/Sambe :)(plus, of course, the irresistible pairing of Nunez/Muntagirov :)).

Not sure why it is necessary to bring in Hallberg as a guest, although I do like his dancing.

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Glad to see the McRae/Akada partnership continuing, as many of us hoped .

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Very excited for all the Giselles! I can see where my money will be going this year. Particularly excited for Naghdi and Hayward's debuts, but Osipova and Hallberg looks good as well, not to mention seeing Nunez and Muntagirov again. 

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Good news - thank you Bluebird.  

 

Had hoped that Benn Gartside might be given another Leontes following his promotion to Principal Character Artist but I see he's in Age of Anxiety.  And Christina Arestes does dance Paulina.

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Thrilled about the Naghdi/Ball and Hayward/Sambe Giselle debuts.  I am so happy that Kevin is nurturing those two wonderful partnerships.  I am also very pleased to see Akane dance with Steven again.  I thought they worked really well together in The Dream, so perhaps is this another partnership that is in its infancy!  Fingers crossed.

 

A pity that the younger principals are only getting one show each, but I guess the established ones take precedence.  Next time, hopefully....there will be such a scramble for tickets for the one show that many will be left disappointed.  

 

I am also really happy that David Hallberg is coming over to dance with Osipova.  My friends Stateside tell me that they are beautiful together in Giselle.  I have never seen him dance 'live' so am keeping everything crossed that I can get tickets to one, or preferably both, of their performances!

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3 hours ago, John Mallinson said:

…and Osipova partnered by David Hallberg in two performances of Giselle!

 

Totally unnecessary - but very nice! :D

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3 hours ago, RuthE said:

Oooh! four casts in Winter's Tale.

Lovely, especially Bonelli as Leontes. Can't see him having quite the same sort of curdled jealousy that Watson shows, but could be an interesting interpretation. 

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1 hour ago, Sim said:

A pity that the younger principals are only getting one show each, but I guess the established ones take precedence.  Next time, hopefully....there will be such a scramble for tickets for the one show that many will be left disappointed.

 

But rather nice that those two single shows are a Friday night and the following day's matinee!  For anyone coming from outside of London commuting distance, that can be done in a single visit and hotels are relatively cheap on Fridays ;)

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2 hours ago, Sim said:

 

A pity that the younger principals are only getting one show each, but I guess the established ones take precedence.  Next time, hopefully....there will be such a scramble for tickets for the one show that many will be left disappointed.  

 

Yes - and the fact that one of these wonderful pairings will probably dance the General and the other may be cast for the Schools' Matinee doesn't really help the situation. However, pressure on ticket sales will hopefully convey a powerful message.

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4 hours ago, RuthE said:

Oooh! four casts in Winter's Tale.

 

Yes, but unfortunately without Bennet Gartside :(  I wish I'd seen more of his performances last time around - I certainly would have had I known they were to be his last.

 

It will be interesting to see what shaking up the casting does for the performances.  And of course I guess we'll all miss Zenaida Yanowsky's Paulina.

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16 hours ago, alison said:

 

Yes, but unfortunately without Bennet Gartside :(  I wish I'd seen more of his performances last time around - I certainly would have had I known they were to be his last.

 

I agree that Bennet's performances as Leontes were extraordinary, especially at that moment when he was overtaken with the belief that the baby was Polixines'. For me, he transformed The Winter's Tale into something altogether more interesting.

 

But, of course, we also have him now in The Judas Tree in the autumn.

 

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I've not seen Hayward with Sambe, but I thought she was establishing a partnership with Campbell?

 

 

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14 minutes ago, Fonty said:

I've not seen Hayward with Sambe, but I thought she was establishing a partnership with Campbell?

 

 

 

She's been paired with both of them, with great success in both cases I think. I'm delighted that she and Sambé are doing Giselle together, but I would very much like to see Campbell do Albrecht too, which is my only disappointment in the casting. He has an innate stage presence and dramatic intelligence that is very rare (reminds me of David Wall, and I can give no higher compliment).

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I agree, Bridiem.  I can't pass comment on Sambe, I don't know enough about him.  But I love Campbell's acting, and am also disappointed.

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2 hours ago, capybara said:

 

I agree that Bennet's performances as Leontes were extraordinary, especially at that moment when he was overtaken with the belief that the baby was Polixines'. For me, he transformed The Winter's Tale into something altogether more interesting.

 

But, of course, we also have him now in The Judas Tree in the autumn.

 

 

Have we?  I can't say I'd noticed - but then I'm still waiting for my Period 1 booking booklet to arrive, and I believe public booking starts next week?

 

Anyway, a Judas Tree doesn't make up for a Winter's Tale in my book, welcome though it is :(

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20 hours ago, RuthE said:

 

But rather nice that those two single shows are a Friday night and the following day's matinee!  For anyone coming from outside of London commuting distance, that can be done in a single visit and hotels are relatively cheap on Fridays ;)

 

OTOH, possibly not so nice for people who need to arrange two lots of sitting.  Oh well, can't please them all, I guess.

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3 hours ago, bridiem said:

 

She's been paired with both of them, with great success in both cases I think. I'm delighted that she and Sambé are doing Giselle together, but I would very much like to see Campbell do Albrecht too, which is my only disappointment in the casting. He has an innate stage presence and dramatic intelligence that is very rare (reminds me of David Wall, and I can give no higher compliment).

Agree. Hugely disappointed that Alex is not dancing Albrecht

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4 hours ago, Marg S said:

Agree. Hugely disappointed that Alex is not dancing Albrecht

 

Ditto ... Also I would have loved to have seen James Hay have a go with Takada after his ravishing Florimund opposite her in Sleeping Beauty this past season.  T'was a performance of elegant size and detail.   Perhaps with KIsh now back he will lose some of his previous opportunities.  Not for too long I hope.  We shall see.  

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I'm afraid I have to disagree with Alison re Nehemiah Kish's Albrecht.  I thought he didn't engage in the 'loves me, loves me not' play and his placing of flowers on Giselle's grave I found perfunctory.  In Act 1 I guess one interpretation is that Albrecht is simply toying with Giselle but surely in Act 2 he realises he loves her and would show this in positioning the flowers with as much tenderness as possible?  I was however very impressed with much of his dancing but it was undoubtedly Akane who made the performance truly memorable. 

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On 7/20/2017 at 16:08, RuthE said:

 

But rather nice that those two single shows are a Friday night and the following day's matinee!  For anyone coming from outside of London commuting distance, that can be done in a single visit and hotels are relatively cheap on Fridays ;)

Err have you booked a hotel in London for a Friday recently? Friday and Saturday THE most expensive! Sunday is the cheapest night. If you know something I don't, please do tell ?

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Hangar Lane Premier Inn West London already booked by me for the Friday/Saturday Hayward  Naghdi Giselle . Easy trip in on Central Line. 1 night £31

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That's a good price for a Friday night but I know can be cheaper when booked well in advance ....have no idea yet which month the Giselle is being performed though....haven't looked at the season yet!! 

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