To access technical help, please complete this technical assistance form.
See below to find details of this event, including guidance on how to connect...
Available to watch from 6.00pm GMT on Friday 28 January 2022 until 11.59pm GMT on Sunday 27 February 2022. The performance will last about 2 hours 6 minutes.
If the event does not begin automatically, please refresh the page.
For advice on getting set up, please read our general guidance on access issues.
Start a conversation: comment on social media with the hashtag #RoyalOperaHouse to discuss the performance.
Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014, with striking designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot. The ballet, widely acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful rendering of early modern drama into dance, is performed here by newly retired Principal Edward Watson, and current Principals Lauren Cuthbertson, Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae.
The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child, and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and the apparent miracle of a statue coming to life – the ending is uplifting as it brings forgiveness and reconciliation. The two lands between which the drama unfolds are vividly portrayed in movement, sound and image. The Sicilia of King Leontes grows in threatening coolness and darkness, while the Bohemia of King Polixenes is a pastoral idyll of lyricism and sun-saturated colour.
King Leontes, possessed by a mad jealousy, believes his pregnant wife Hermione to be having an affair with his childhood friend King Polixenes. His actions tear their families apart.
Hermione’s baby daughter is abandoned and Hermione and their son die of distress. The baby Perdita, rescued by a shepherd, grows up to fall in love with Florizel, son of Polixenes. The young couple is reunited with the remorseful Leontes and Hermione returns from the dead.
ROH streaming is generously supported by Rothschild Foundation