Visit the Royal Opera House in London


A new ballet inspired by the life of acclaimed writer Virginia Woolf is set to be the focal point of the 2014/15 season at the Royal Opera House, one of the top attractions in London.

The new production, entitled Woolf Works, is based both on her life and the novels Orlando, The Waves and Mrs Dalloway and will premiere in the capital in summer 2015.

It is to be choreographed by Wayne McGregor, who explained to the BBC that it would "break the rules" of narrative ballet.

He said that he was inspired by the prospect of bringing Woolf’s narrative style to a full-length ballet, which represented a challenge and an exciting opportunity.

"Her writing lends itself to the breaking of rules, in terms of how words are organised, or thoughts are organised. I thought that was a perfect filter to create something new," McGregor remarked.

"We're going to be able to find a way of mashing up, splicing and going back-and-forward through periods of time in a way that will hopefully be really evocative, and a different way of experiencing ballet."

Elsewhere, it has been confirmed that the upcoming season will feature new works by Hofesh Shechter and Philip Glass, which is sure to excite those who regularly attend the ballet.

Glass’s chamber opera The Trial has been created on the basis of the Franz Kafka novel of the same name.

Looking ahead to the production, he said: "I think of my pocket operas as neutron bombs – small, but packing a terrific punch."

The Royal Opera House is widely recognised to be one of the world’s leading opera companies and if you’re a fan of the genre, you will not want to pass up the opportunity to see one of the new productions.

The site is within easily reachable distance from the Shaftsbury Hotel, using the public transport network. The nearest station is Covent Garden.