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The Winter's Tale
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The Winter's Tale
Opens: 10/04/2014 Closes: 08/05/2014 Royal Opera House, London
The man tasked with renewing narrative work for the Royal Ballet in the 21st century, award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, presents his second ever full-length (following crowd-pleaser Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) and the first to be based on Shakespeare’s play. No pressure, then. 
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Through His Teeth
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Through His Teeth
Opens: 03/04/2014 Closes: 11/04/2014 ROH, London Coliseum
Throughout April the ROH considers the legacy of the Faust story through a programme of events exploring the classic German legend. One highlight (alongside an event with Hilary Mantel) is this updated version of the Goethe classic by British composer Luke Bedford in which a woman falls for a car salesman, who isn't all he seems.
Rated 70 %
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Gecko - Institute
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Gecko - Institute
Opens: 02/04/2014 Closes: 03/10/2014 UK tour
Traversing dance and theatre with striking success, Gecko's creative director Amit Lahav also has an expert eye for technical stagecraft (see Missing, performed at this year's London Mime Festival). Expect an ingenious handling of the filing cabinet in this warped look at patient-carer relations and notions of treatment.
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English National Ballet - Lest We Forget
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English National Ballet - Lest We Forget
Opens: 02/04/2014 Closes: 12/04/2014 Barbican Centre, London
With the centenary of the Great War underway, the ENB contributes with a night of commissions by Akram Khan, the BalletBoyz' Russel Maliphant and classical newcomer, Liam Scarlett. The pieces explore the social effects of WW1 on both men and women, finishing with a re-working of George Williamson's Firebird. Read our interview with Khan about his contribution here.
Rated 68 %
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ENO - Rodelinda
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ENO - Rodelinda
Opens: 01/03/2014 Closes: 16/03/2014 London Coliseum
At the ripe age of 329, Handel would have been pleased to see his wealth of operas back in fashion again (aided by the late-20th-century fad for early music). In this six-person work, Rodelinda is held captive by power-hungry Grimoaldo, but her husband has more fight left in him than expected. Richard Jones directs a brand new production.
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Welsh National Opera - Boulevard Solitude
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Welsh National Opera - Boulevard Solitude
Opens: 26/02/2014 Closes: 03/04/2014 UK tour
The WNO dedicate their new season to 'fallen women', a suspect trope but undoubted source of fantastic opera. This is a 1950s update of the Manon story – a concubine who ultimately pays for her unscrupulous life, by the German Hans Werner Henze. Jazz vies with classical in the post-war set work, directed by Lothar Koenigs in its outside London premiere.
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English Touring Opera - King Priam
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English Touring Opera - King Priam
Opens: 13/02/2014 Closes: 27/05/2014 UK tour
Here's a pacificist opera for the WW1 centenary. Writing in the early 60s to mark the building of the new cathedral in war-ravaged Coventry, Michael Tippett investigated violent conflict by drawing on the Iliad's account of the fall of Troy. It is the humans who are very much at fault in his little-performed opera, more so than the fickle gods. Read our interview with the director, James Conway.
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Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: 1980
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Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: 1980
Opens: 07/02/2014 Closes: 16/02/2014 Sadler's Wells, London.
The visionary choreographer's company return to Sadler's Wells with one of Bausch's lesser-known pieces; an abstract performance originally written in response to the death of her partner and collaborator Rolf Borzik from leukemia in 1980. Be sure to book tickets early...
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Don Giovanni
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Don Giovanni
Opens: 01/02/2014 Closes: 24/02/2014 Royal Opera House, London
It's not the first time Kasper Holten has had a go at Mozart's famous tragicomedy about fictional philanderer Don Giovanni - see his 2010 film Juan, the trailer for which is all nude shower scenes, guns and car chases. This February the ROH's Director of Opera presents a new stage production. We wonder how much of the gun-slinging will remain?
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Don Pasquale
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Don Pasquale
Opens: 24/01/2014 Closes: 01/02/2014 Theatre Royal, Glasgow
Rome comes to Scotland this year as director Renaud Doucet leads an updated version of Donizetti's masterpiece, setting the story in the 60s. Old-timer Don Pasquale marries a pretty young woman to teach his nephew a lesson, which proves a big mistake.
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