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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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César Morales and Momoko Hirata in Romeo and Juliet © Bill Cooper
London

Birmingham Royal Ballet brings its Romeo & Juliet to London

By , 13 June 2018
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Alina Cojocaru (Aurora) © Laurent Liotardo
London

Alina Cojocaru charms as Aurora in a Sleeping Beauty lacking lustre

By , 06 June 2018
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Polina Semionova and Friedemann Vogel © Yan Revazov
Berlin

Polina and Friends gala wins Berlin balletomanes

By , 17 May 2018
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Francesca Hayward and Thiago Soares in Laiderette © Bill Cooper
London

An outstanding, purposeful debut for the Viviana Durante Company

By , 18 April 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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C. Saunders (Monsieur GM), F. Hayward (Manon), A. Campbell (Lescaut) in Manon © Bill Cooper | ROH, 2018
London

Francesca Hayward shines in The Royal Ballet's revival of Manon

By , 29 March 2018
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Fernando Carratala Coloma, Tamara Rojo and Joseph Caley in Song of the Earth © Laurent Liotardo
London

English National Ballet's latest double bill is an unusual pairing

By , 09 January 2018
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Yorke Dance Project in Sea of Troubles © Helen Maybanks | ROH 2017
London

Yorke Dance Project revives Sea of Troubles for nationwide MacMillan celebration

By , 26 October 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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Artists of The Royal Ballet in Jeux © ROH, 2017
London

MacMillan Celebration: Programme One - Jeux, Concerto / Le Baiser de la Fée / Elite Syncopations

By , 18 October 2017
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Sophie Martin and Constant Vigier in Christopher Hampson's The Rite of Spring © Andy Ross
Edinburgh

Scottish Ballet's Stravinsky Double Bill is a hit in Edinburgh

By , 11 October 2017
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Javier Torres and Antoinette Brooks Daw in MacMillan's Gloria © Lauren Godfrey
Bradford

A celebration of Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Master Choreographer at Northern Ballet

By , 07 October 2017
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Edward Watson (Crown prince Rudolf) © Alice Pennefather | ROH 2017
London

The Royal Ballet: Mayerling

By , 28 April 2017
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Hungarian National Ballet in Manon © Szilvia Csibi
Budapest

Hungarian National Ballet superb in Manon

By , 09 April 2017
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ABT Studio Zimmi Coker, Luigi Crispino in Kabakevsky Concerto for Strings © Gillian Murphy
New York City

ABT Studio Company and Royal Ballet School dancers: Shall I Compare Thee?

By , 10 February 2017
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Natalia Osipova (Anna Anderson) © ROH | Tristram Kenton
London

A searing interpretation: Natalia Osipova compelling in MacMillan's Anastasia at The Royal Ballet

By , 26 October 2016
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James Whiteside (Romeo) and Isabella Boylston (Juliet) © Gene Schiavone
New York City

Isabella Boylston: A New Juliet at American Ballet Theatre

By , 22 June 2016
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Edward Watson and Eric Underwood in McGregor's Obsidian Tear © Andrej Uspenski
London

Powerful performances in Kenneth MacMillan’s The Invitation at the Royal Ballet

By , 31 May 2016
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Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Calvin Richardson in Obsidian Tear © Andrej Uspenski
London

The première of McGregor's Obsidian Tear tops Royal Ballet triple bill

By , 28 May 2016
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© Bill Cooper
Birmingham

Exquisite woe with BRB's star-crossed lovers

By , 25 February 2016
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Roberto Bolle (Des Grieux) and Svetlana Zakharova (Manon) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Svetlana Zakharova and Roberto Bolle in a vividly Milanese L’histoire de Manon

By , 14 November 2015
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Natalia Osipova as Titania in The Dream © Bill Cooper
New York City

New York Welcomes the return of the Royal Ballet

By , 25 June 2015
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Hee Seo (Juliet) © John Grigaitis
New York City

Hee Seo thrills in American Ballet Theatre's Romeo and Juliet

By , 19 June 2015
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Birmingham

Shadows of War, Birmingham Royal Ballet's Glimpse into the Past

By , 09 October 2014
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Marianela Núñez and Federico Bonelli in Manon © Alice Pennefather / ROH 2014
London

Opening the season at Royal Ballet: Manon

By , 26 September 2014
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Manon © Australian Ballet
Sydney

The Australian Ballet's Manon gets the stars, misses the sky

By , 07 April 2014
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Vishneva and Gomes in Manon © Gene Schiavone
Tokyo

American Ballet Theatre's Manon in Tokyo

By , 27 February 2014
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Momoko Hirata as Princess Belle Sakura © Bill Cooper
Birmingham

A Pilgrimage to Mount Fiji: Birmingham Royal Ballet's The Prince of the Pagodas

By , 25 February 2014
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Jamie Bond as the Joker with artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet © Roy Smiljanic
Birmingham

Birmingham Royal Ballet's Three of a Kind: A Choice of Atypical Works

By , 19 February 2014
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Firebird © Seto Hidemi
Tokyo

Japan's Architanz 2014 gala performance

By , 11 February 2014
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Edward Watson and Mara Galeazzi in Mayerling  ©  Bill Cooper
London

Kenneth MacMillan's Mayerling makes a darkly compelling night at Covent Garden

By , 19 April 2013
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Tamara Rojo and Vadim Muntagirov  ©  Patrick Baldwin
London

The Sleeping Beauty with English National Ballet

By , 09 January 2013
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Melissa Hamilton and Thiago Soares in Las Hermanas  ©  Bill Cooper, courtesy of ROH
London

A fitting memorial: Kenneth MacMillan triple bill at Covent Garden

By , 17 November 2012
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Marianella Nunez and Nehemiah Kish in The Prince of the Pagodas  ©  ROH / Johan Persson
London

A historic revival of MacMillan's Prince of the Pagodas at Covent Garden

By , 02 June 2012
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Ksenia Ovsyanick as the Firebird, costume design by David Bamber,  ©  Diego Indraccola
London

English National Ballet: Beyond Ballets Russes 1

By , 22 March 2012
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Sophie Martin and Erik Cavallari  ©  Andrew Ross
London

Scottish Ballet's Double Bill: Life in the Fast Lane, Death in the Slow

By , 03 November 2011
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Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin in Marguerite and Armand  ©  Royal Opera House / Tristram Kenton
London

Covent Garden's Triple Bill spans history

By , 17 October 2011
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Steven McRae as The Chosen One / Rite of Spring,  ©  Johan Persson
London

Royal Ballet Triple Bill

By , 28 May 2011
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Robert Parker as Romeo, photo: Bill Cooper
London

Romeo and Juliet

By , 13 October 2010
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Benjamin Pech (Monsieur de G.M.) Laëtitia Pujol (Manon) et Stéphane Bullion (Lescaut) © Julien Benhamou / Opéra National de Paris
Paris

La fascination de Manon à l’Opéra Garnier

By , 20 April 2015
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