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Carlos Acosta bids farewell to classical ballet

The ‘best male ballet dancer of his generation’ will perform for the final time at the Royal Albert Hall from 3-7 October.

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Carlos Acosta bids farewell to classical ballet with a week of shows at the Royal Albert Hall.

Fans will have a final chance to see the ballet superstar in action in The Classical Farewell, which celebrates highlights from Acosta’s career.

The production will follow his Olivier Award-winning performance in Carlos Acosta with Guests of the Royal Ballet from December 2015. It will feature extracts from Winter Dreams, Mayerling and Requiem by Kenneth MacMillan, as well as George Balanchine’s Rubies set to score by Stravinsky and Michel Fokine’s Scheherazade and solo Dying Swan.

Carlos Acosta by Angela Taylor

Carlos Acosta will be joined on stage by some Royal Ballet contemporaries including Yuhui Choe, Laura Morera, Marianela Nuñez and Valentino Zucchetti.

The Classical Farewell will be the last opportunity for fans to see Acosta performing classical ballet repertoire anywhere in the world.

The programme will be accompanied by a live orchestra conducted by Paul Murphy and featuring Pegasus Choir.

Carlos Acosta: Timeless of success

1990: Acosta wins the Gold Medal at the Prix de Lausanne after training at the National Ballet School of Cuba

1991-1992: Principal with English National Ballet

1992-1993: Dances with National Ballet of Cuba under Alicia Alonso

1993-1998: Principal with Houston Ballet under Ben Stevenson

1998: Joins The Royal Ballet

2003: Becomes a Principal Guest Artist at The Royal Ballet

2014: Awarded the CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List

2015: Awarded the De Valois Award for Lifetime Achievement at the National Dance Awards

The Classical Farewell, Royal Albert Hall, will show from Monday 3 – Friday 7 October 2016. Performances will be Monday to Friday at 7.30pm, with tickets priced between £20 – £110 + fees. Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or / 020 7589 8212 or


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