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Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late, great romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014. Building on the success of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale received ecstatic praise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. It is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic. 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 after a seemingly miraculous return to life—the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. Wheeldon’s adaptation, to be recorded live in 2018, features British principals Lauren Cuthbertson and Edward Watson dancing the parts of Hermione and King Leontes, with Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae returning to the roles of Perdita and Florizel. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet.