UPDATED! Carlos Acosta’s Classical Farewell at the Royal Albert Hall in October


Carlos Acosta – The Classical Farewell at the Royal Albert Hall, SW7 from Monday 3 – Friday 7 October 2016
Performances: Mon – Fri at 7.30pm
Ticket Office: 020 7589 8212 or www.royalalberthall.com  

Carlos Acosta_by Johan Persson (4)

Carlos Acosta (c) Johan Persson

Update! Jim Pritchard’s review of the first night of The Classical Farewell at the Royal Albert Hall..

Carlos Acosta is the great male ballet dancer of his generation, a virtuoso performer who could – from the moment we first saw him as a gauche 18 year old – soar across the stage as if suspended from the sky” The Telegraph

Carlos Acosta bids farewell to classical ballet with his final performances at Royal Albert Hall for a limited run from Monday 3 – Friday 7 October 2016. The Classical Farewell celebrates highlights from Acosta’s career which led him to become the most famous male dancer of his generation, and marks the final time for audiences to watch the ballet superstar dance classical works.

The production follows the popular format of his 2006 show Carlos Acosta with Guests of The Royal Ballet, for which he won an Olivier Award, and A Classical Selection which was performed at London Coliseum in December 2015 to critical acclaim. Acosta also embarks on a UK tour to Nottingham, Birmingham, Southampton and Salford in May 2016. The Royal Albert Hall programme for The Classical Farewell features an all new repertoire, to be announced shortly.

Acosta has thrilled audiences throughout the world with his breathtaking performances, including principal roles in many ballets in the classical repertoire. For The Classical Farewell Acosta has put together a programme featuring some of his closest contemporaries from The Royal Ballet, presenting some of his favourite pieces from the classical repertoire for the final time. The evening’s programme is accompanied by a live orchestra conducted by Paul Murphy.

Acosta trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba and won the Gold Medal at the Prix de Lausanne (1990). He was a principal with English National Ballet (1991–2), danced with National Ballet of Cuba under Alicia Alonso (1992–3) and was a principal with Houston Ballet under Ben Stevenson (1993–8). He joined The Royal Ballet in 1998 and became a Principal Guest Artist in 2003. Acosta has frequently appeared worldwide with companies including American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet, Kirov, Bolshoi and Australian Ballet.

Acosta’s past productions have played to sell-out audiences and have been lauded by critics and audiences alike. He was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2014 for his services to ballet and is passionate about nurturing and inspiring the next generation of dancers through the Carlos Acosta International Dance Foundation. The award marked the end of a remarkable year which had seen him stage a new production of Don Quixote at the Royal Opera House, release his debut novel Pig’s Foot, which was subsequently named as one of the Waterstone’s Eleven, an annual list of some of the most promising debut novels.

Acosta choreographed Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Guys and Dolls in 2015. The show is currently playing in the West End and Acosta has been nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer. At the National Dance Awards 2015 Acosta was awarded the De Valois Award for Lifetime Achievement.

For his final Royal Ballet season Acosta choreographed and took the lead role in Carmen which ran at the Royal Opera House from October to November 2015, marking his farewell to the company after 17 years. Acosta is currently working in Havana, Cuba with his new company Acosta Danza.

Full programme details to be announced.

Co-produced by Sadler’s Wells and Valid Productions

Presented in association with Como No


Carlos Acosta
The Classical Farewell
Royal Albert Hall, SW7
Monday 3 – Friday 7 October 2016
Performances: Mon – Fri at 7.30pm
Ticket Office: 020 7589 8212 or www.royalalberthall.com


Carlos Acosta will also tour the UK with A Classical Farewell in May 2016. To book tickets and for further details please refer to the individual venue websites

Royal Concert Hall Nottingham –  Tuesday 3 & Wednesday 4 May www.trch.co.uk

Birmingham Hippodrome – Thursday 5 – Saturday 7 May www.birminghamhippodrome.com

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton – Tuesday 10 & Wednesday 11 May www.mayflower.org.uk

The Lowry, Salford – Friday 13 – Sunday 15 May ww.thelowry.com


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