Another 19th century narrative ballet from the Russian tradition for viewing in Oxford this autumn; the Royal Ballet’s brand new production of Don Quixote will shortly be transmitted live at the Phoenix Picturehouse from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.  The adventures of Cervantes’ bumbling knight are the inspiration for one of Marius Petipa’s best known ballets, with music by Ludwig Minkus, containing emotion, drama and vivid characters as well as vivacious and spectacular classical dance with a Spanish flavour.  Royal Ballet Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta has danced the virtuoso role of Basilio many times. So it is especially appropriate that he has mounted this production for the Royal Ballet, with designs by Tim Hatley giving a modern edge to a broadly traditional staging.
Don Quixote is a wonderfully entertaining ballet, known not only for its iconic grand pas de deux, but for the ‘white act’ visions of the beautiful Dulcinea and many lively scenes – a crowded port, an uproarious tavern – that bring the whole company on stage.  The music is full of Spanish flair and atmosphere, with a characteristic clarity of melody and rhythm that makes it instantly appealing – here arranged by Martin Yates, who also conducts.
Composer: Ludwig Minkus
Choreographer: Carlos Acosta, after Marius Petipa
Cast: To be confirmed
Run Time: 180 mins approx. (incl. two intervals)
The show time given is the curtain-up time; doors open 15 minutes earlier.

Transmission date:  Wednesday 16th October, 7.15pm
Phoenix Picturehouse, 57 Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AE
Box Office Number: 0871 902 5736