"Alexei Ratmansky is the most in-demand ballet choreographer in the world, known for his musicality, wit and physical inventiveness."
- The New York Times
Rich in drama, characterization and psychological nuance, it has been a signature piece for the National Ballet since entering the repertoire in 1964 and has always been a proving ground for the expressive abilities of dancers performing the title roles. Now the National Ballet is proud to have a new version of the ballet to mark its 60th anniversary.
Created by the internationally celebrated choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, this world premiere is a totally fresh, brilliantly imagined interpretation of Shakespeare's play. Building on and finding wonderfully inventive possibilities in Prokofiev's inimitable and touching score, Ratmansky blends the elegance and stateliness of a classical vocabulary with the intense emotional edge of the modern to create an unforgettable version of one of the greatest dance dramas ever.