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Natalia Osipova (Mary Vetsera) and Ryoichi Hirano (Rudolf) in Mayerling © ROH, 2018 | Helen Maybanks
London

The Royal Ballet opens the new season with Mayerling

By , 08 October 2018
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Marianela Núñez (Odette) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

A keeper: Scarlett delivers a triumphant new Swan Lake for The Royal Ballet

By , 17 May 2018
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Alessandra Ferri and Federico Bonelli in Marguerite and Armand © ROH | Tristam Kenton
London

“A seminal performance by a truly great ballerina”: Alessandra Ferri triumphs in uneven triple bill

By , 14 April 2018
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Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in McGregor's Yugen © Andrej Uspenski | ROH, 2018
London

The Royal Ballet celebrates Bernstein with Yugen/The Age of Anxiety/Corybantic Games

By , 15 March 2018
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Momoko Hirata (Princess Aurora) and Mathias Dingman (Prince Florimund) © Bill Cooper
Southampton

All that glitters: an opulent Sleeping Beauty returns to Birmingham Royal Ballet

By , 31 January 2018
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Marianela Nuñez as Giselle © Helen Maybanks | ROH, 2018
London

An indelible performance of Giselle by the Royal Ballet

By , 19 January 2018
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Artists of The Royal Ballet in The Wind © Tristram Kenton | ROH, 2017
London

The Royal Ballet: The Illustrated 'Farewell'/ The Wind/ Untouchable

By , 06 November 2017
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Javier Torres and Antoinette Brooks Daw in Gloria © Lauren Godfrey
London

Kenneth MacMillan: A National Celebration – Programme 3 - Gloria/The Judas Tree/ Elite Syncopations

By , 26 October 2017
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Jeffrey Cirio (of English National Ballet) in Song of the Earth © Laurent Liotardo
London

Nationwide MacMillan Celebrations continue with The Judas Tree and Song of the Earth

By , 24 October 2017
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Laura Morera (The Red Queen) in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

The Royal Ballet: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

By , 27 September 2017
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Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares in After The Rain © Bill Cooper | ROH 2016
London

The Royal Ballet: The Human Seasons/ After the Rain / Flight Pattern

By , 16 March 2017
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Cinderella © Bill Cooper
Southampton

Starry, starry night: Birmingham Royal Ballet's celestial Cinderella provides magic

By , 25 January 2017
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Eric Underwood and Sarah Lamb,Woolf Works © Tristam Kenton | ROH 2015
London

Ferri charismatic and commanding in welcome revival of Woolf Works at the Royal Ballet

By , 21 January 2017
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Igone de Jongh (Swanhilde) and Daniel Camargo (Franz) © Marc Haegeman
Amsterdam

Layers of pink and brilliant performances in Dutch National Ballet's Coppelia

By , 10 December 2016
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Artists of the Royal Ballet in Multiverse © Andrej Uspenski | ROH 2016
London

Wayne McGregor celebrates ten years at the Royal Ballet

By , 14 November 2016
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© Bill Cooper
Birmingham

Exquisite woe with BRB's star-crossed lovers

By , 25 February 2016
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Sarah Lamb (Juliet) © Johan Persson | ROH
London

Lamb and McRae open The Royal Ballet's new season with Romeo and Juliet

By , 19 September 2015
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Federico Bonelli and Alessandra Ferri © Tristram Kenton | ROH
London

Woolf Works: McGregor's audacious but triumphant triptych for The Royal Ballet

By , 11 May 2015
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Le Parc © Laurent Philippe
Paris

Lust and Love at the Palais Garnier: Angelin Preljocaj's Le Parc

By , 07 December 2013
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The Nutcracker (Dancers: Nao Sakuma and Chi Cao)  ©  Steve Hanson
Birmingham

Birmingham Royal Ballet's The Nutcracker enchants the West Midlands

By , 22 November 2013
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Marion Tait as Carabosse,  ©  Bill Cooper
London

Birmingham Royal Ballet's Sleeping Beauty - a lavish production of a magical fairy tale

By , 17 October 2013
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©  Bill Cooper courtesy of ROH
London

The Nutcracker with The Royal Ballet

By , 10 December 2012
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Dorothé Gilbert (Giselle) et Mathieu Ganio (Albrecht) © Svetlana Loboff | Opéra national de Paris
Paris

Le romantisme de Giselle s’empare du Palais Garnier

By , 04 June 2016
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