Love and friendship triumph in choreographer Carlos Acosta’s vibrant production of the dazzling ballet Don Quixote, recorded live in 2019. Cervantes’s story of the bumbling knight Don Quixote has inspired countless artistic interpretations. Marius Petipa choreographed this sparkling ballet about the encounters of the man from La Mancha (Christopher Saunders) and his faithful squire Sancho Panza (Philip Mosley). The story follows the Don’s picaresque journey to do deeds in honor of his imaginary noble lady, Dulcinea (Lara Turk). Carlos Acosta chose this joyful classic for his first production for The Royal Ballet, with virtuoso roles for the lovers Basilio (Alexander Campbell) and Kitri (Akane Takada) at the heart of the production. Acosta’s vibrant staging brings together the whole Company in such roles as exuberant villagers, passionate gypsies and even fantasy flowers. Sunny, charming, funny and touching, Don Quixote is a ballet as full of uplifting emotion as it is of astonishing ballet technique.