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Posted on July 3, 2013

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carlos-angela taylorThe full programme has been announced for Carlos Acosta’s Classical Selection, a new show presenting highlights from his career in celebration of his 40th birthday. Classical Selection will be at the London Coliseum from July 30 to August 4.


Casting and repertory for the London Coliseum performances has now been announced. Acosta (pictured) will be joined by colleagues from The Royal Ballet, where he is a principal guest artist. The line-up features Leanne Benjamin, Marianela Nuñez, Melissa Hamilton, Yuhui Choe, Meaghan Grace Hinkis, Ricardo Cervera, Nehemiah Kish and Eric Underwood in a programme of extracts from works by Miguel Altunaga, Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Mikhail Fokine, Kenneth MacMillan, Agrippina Vaganova and Christopher Wheeldon.


Paul Murphy will conduct the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, joined by the Pegasus Choir for extracts from MacMillan’s Gloria and Requiem.



Winter Dreams (ch: MacMillan)           Marianela Nuñez, Carlos Acosta

The Dying Swan (ch: Fokine)              Melissa Hamilton

Rhapsody (ch: Ashton)                       Yuhui Choe, Ricardo Cervera

Scheherazade (ch: Fokine)                  Marianela Nuñez, Carlos Acosta

Manon (ch: MacMillan)                       Leanne Benjamin, Nehemiah Kish

Diana and Actaeon (ch: Vaganova)      Marianela Nuñez, Carlos Acosta

Mayerling (ch: MacMillan)                   Carlos Acosta, Leanne Benjamin, Ricardo Cervera

Gloria (ch: MacMillan)                        Melissa Hamilton, Nehemiah Kish

Requiem (ch: MacMillan)                    Leanne Benjamin, Carlos Acosta

Rubies (ch: Balanchine)                      Meaghan Grace Hinkis, Ricardo Cervera

Apollo (ch: Balanchine)                        Marianela Nuñez, Carlos Acosta

Tryst (ch: Wheeldon)                                    Eric Underwood, Melissa Hamilton

Memoria (ch: Altunaga)                        Carlos Acosta



Tickets are available from the London Coliseum on 020 7845 9300 or, or from Sadler’s Wells on 0844 412 4300 or


Photograph: Angela Taylor


Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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