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Performer: Matthew Ball

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LondonRomeo and Juliet

Matthew Ball (Romeo) and Lauren Cuthbertson (Juliet) © ROH | Helen Maybanks
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet
Sir Kenneth MacMillan; Royal Ballet; Koen Kessels; Pavel Sorokin; Nicolas Georgiadis; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden
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Ivan Putrov's Against the Stream gala unearths some gems

Dmitry Zagrebin dances The Flames of Paris © Andrej Uspenski
A well-curated gala with gravitas; showcasing several works and dancers rarely, if ever, seen in London.
****1
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Sweet sorrow: a heart-rending Romeo and Juliet

Matthew Ball (Romeo) and Lauren Cuthbertson (Juliet) © ROH | Helen Maybanks
As MacMillan's masterpiece nears its 500th performance by The Royal Ballet, a fresh run of performances opens with a new pairing in the lead roles. 
****1
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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake takes flight once again

Matthew Ball (Swan) and Liam Mower (Prince) © Johan Persson
Bourne's radical reworking of Swan Lake returns to Sadler's Wells, 23 years after its premiere. 
*****
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Alessandra Ferri returns in Royal Ballet triple bill

Alessandra Ferri and Federico Bonelli in Marguerite and Armand © ROH | Tristam Kenton
A random assortment of disassociated ballets performed with variable success - from the sublime to the nondescript. 
***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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