• Joby Talbot
  • The Winter's Tale (2013)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)
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  • On-Stage 'Banda': Bansuri, Dulcimer, Accordion, Percussion 1: Dundun + bell, Krin (E4, B4), Spark Shakers, Wooden Shaker, Finger Cymbal; Percussion 2: Surdo, Djembe, Large Riq, Caxixis.
    • 19th November 2024, Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Austria
    • 21st November 2024, Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Austria
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Programme Note

The Winter’s Tale
Ballet in a Prologue and Three Acts

Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon
Staged by: Jacquelin Barrett and Anna Délicia Trévien from the Benesh Movement Notation score
Scenario: Christopher Wheeldon and Joby Talbot
Music: Joby Talbot
Set & Costume Design: Bob Crowley
Lighting Design: Natasha Katz
Projection Design: Daniel Brodie
Silk Effects Design: Basil Twist

A co-production of The National Ballet of Canada and The Royal Ballet (UK).


Composer Joby Talbot discusses composing the music for Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale and the contrasts between the three acts.
Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, composer Joby Talbot and Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson discuss the process of turning Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale into a ballet.
Talbot: The Winter's Tale trailer (The Royal Ballet)


Act I
Act II & III


  • The Ballet Music of Joby Talbot
    • The Ballet Music of Joby Talbot
    • Joby Talbot is the only living composer to have written the music for three full-length ballets for The Royal Ballet in London. Explore his third full length narrative ballet Like Water for Chocolate, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter's Tale and his other dance works.


More Info

  • A perfect match - Talbot and Wheeldon
    • A perfect match - Talbot and Wheeldon
    • 15th February 2024
    • The celebrated partnership between Joby Talbot and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon has resulted in 5 contrasting and individual works for the stage.