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Performer: Gary Avis

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LondonDon Quixote

Marianela Núñez (Kitri) and Vadim Muntagirov (Basilio) © ROH | Andrej Uspenski
Minkus: Don Quixote
Marius Petipa; Carlos Acosta; Royal Ballet; Martin Yates; Tim Hatley; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden; Marianela Núñez
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Núñez and Muntagirov light up Don Quixote

Marianela Núñez (Kitri) and Vadim Muntagirov (Basilio) © ROH | Andrej Uspenski
Despite Carlos Acosta's staging of Don Quixote feeling a little tame, the Royal Ballet's star couple dazzles. 
***11
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Sugar and spice: The Nutcracker returns

Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer) © ROH | Bill Cooper (2013)
What marks the start of Christmas? For many, it's when the Christmas tree magically grows in The Royal Ballet's Nutcracker...
****1
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The Royal Ballet opens the new season with Mayerling

Natalia Osipova (Mary Vetsera) and Ryoichi Hirano (Rudolf) in Mayerling © ROH, 2018 | Helen Maybanks
A new season for the Royal Ballet and a new star is "born" in this performance that highlights the company's strength in depth   
***11
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An outstanding performance by Francesca Hayward

C. Saunders (Monsieur GM), F. Hayward (Manon), A. Campbell (Lescaut) in Manon © Bill Cooper | ROH, 2018
Yet another revival of MacMillan's signature ballet.  Enlivened by tremendous performances, not least in the title role, and still a classic. But, how long will that pertain?   
***11
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Peter Wright's Nutcracker

Sarah Lamb (The Sugar Plum Fairy) in The Nutcracker © Karolina Kuras | ROH, 2017
Sir Peter Wright's enchanting vision of The Nutcracker continues to delight 
****1
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