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The Royal Ballet Tour - Moscow 17 – 22 June / Taipei 27 – 29 JuneShanghai 3 – 5 July


This summer The Royal Ballet will tour to Moscow, Taipei and Shanghai for the annual international tour.


The Royal Ballet is delighted to return to Moscow, its first visit since 2003, where it will be part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture celebrating the rich and diverse cultural heritage of both countries. 


As part of the celebrations The Royal Ballet will perform in The Bolshoi Theatre between 17 – 22 June, presenting a Triple Bill of Tetractys by Wayne McGregor, Rhapsody by Frederick Ashton and DGV: Danse à grande vitesse by Christopher Wheeldon.  The Royal Ballet will also perform Manon by Kenneth MacMillan, one of the signature works from the Company’s repertory. 


Tetractys, an exhilarating fusion of baroque music and contemporary dance, received its UK premiere in February and is Wayne McGregor’s latest work for The Royal Ballet. Rhapsody was created in 1980 by Frederick Ashton for the 80th birthday of HM The Queen Mother. It is a celebratory showpiece, set to sweeping music by Sergey Rachmaninoff, and pays tribute to virtuoso dance. Christopher Wheeldon's award-winning DGV: Danse à grande vitesse is a high-octane finale, set to Michael Nyman’s score, MGV (Musique à Grande Vitesse), which was composed to commemorate the 1993 inauguration by the north European line of the French train TGV.


Manon, Kenneth MacMillan’s acclaimed tragic ballet is a modern masterpiece telling the story of Manon Lescaut, a young woman longing for love who is corrupted by wealth and luxury in 18th century Paris. 


In Taiwan The Royal Ballet will perform Romeo and Juliet from 27 – 29 June at The National Theatre & Concert Hall in TaipeiMacMillan’s great interpretation of Shakespeare’s enduring tragedy Romeo and Juliet is set against Sergey Prokofiev’s passionate score.  First performed in 1965, Romeo and Juliet is regarded as one of the greatest ballets of the 20th century.


Royal Ballet Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta’s critically acclaimed new production of Don Quixote premiered at the Royal Opera House last September. The adventures of the bumbling knight Don Quixote and his ever-faithful squire Sancho Panza have been the inspiration for countless ballets in companies around the world, perhaps most notably in the version by 19th century Russian choreographer Marius Petipa. Acosta brings his unique and vibrant vision to the ballet which receives its Shanghai debut at The Shanghai Grand Theatre from 3 – 5 July.


The Royal Opera House would like to thank all tour supporters, Aud Jebsen for her support of the Royal Ballet touring programme, and our corporate sponsors; Vitol, Coutts and the Tsukanov Family Foundation for their support in Moscow, and Alta Advisors in Shanghai.




Tour Dates and Performances


The Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow

Tuesday 17 – Sunday 22 June


Tetractys / Rhapsody / DGV: Danse à grande vitesse



17 and 18 June    Federico Bonelli, Lauren Cuthbertson, Nicol Edmonds, Paul Kay, Sarah Lamb, Steven McRae, Marianela Nuñez, Natalia Osipova, Thiago Soares, Akane Takada, Eric Underwood, Edward Watson



17 June    Laura Morera, Steven McRae


18 June    Yuhui Choe, Valentino Zucchetti



17 June    Zenaida Yanowsky, Natalia Osipova, Marianela Nuñez, Natalia Osipova, Thiago Soares, Akane Takada, Eric Underwood, Edward Watson


18 June    Tierney Heap, Akane Takada, Melissa Hamilton, Beatriz Stix-Brunell, Ryoichi Hirano, Tristan Dyer, Matthew Golding, Valentino Zucchetti





20 June    Manon Marianela Nuñez, Des Grieux Federico Bonelli


21 June (mat)    Manon Lauren Cuthbertson, Des Grieux Matthew Golding


21 June (eve)    Manon Sarah Lamb, Des Grieux Steven McRae


22 June    Manon Natalia Osipova, Des Grieux Carlos Acosta



National Theatre, Taipei

Friday 27 – Sunday 29 June  




27 June    Romeo Federico Bonelli, Juliet, Lauren Cuthbertson


28 June    Romeo Thiago Soares, Juliet Marianela Nuñez


29 June (mat)    Romeo Edward Watson, Juliet Melissa Hamilton


29 June (eve)    Romeo Valeri Hristov, Juliet Sarah Lamb



Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai

Thursday 3 – Saturday 5 July




3 July    Basilio Thiago Soares, Kitri Marianela Nuñez


4 July    Basilio Federico Bonelli, Kitri Sarah Lamb


5 July (mat)    Basilio Matthew Golding, Kitri Akane Takada


5 July (eve)    Basilio Thiago Soares, Kitri Marianela Nuñez

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Thanks. Manon, R&J and DonQ in a coupleof weeks is a huge undertaking for those dancers dancing leads in all 3.


Guess this means Mendizabal, Kish and Pennefather are still injured. Hope to see them back in their roles by September.

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