The Royal Ballet to commemorate WWI Centenary with world premiere of ‘The Unknown Soldier’

The Royal Ballet will commemorate the First World War Centenary with the world premiere of The Unknown Soldier, a new one-act ballet by Alastair Marriott, which will run at the Royal Opera House from 20 – 29 November 2018.

The Unknown Soldier takes inspiration from the Tomb of the Unknown Solider in Westminster Abbey, which commemorates an unknown British soldier killed during World War I and honours the hundreds of thousands who died in service.



Set to a newly commissioned score by Oscar-winning film composer Dario Marianelli, the ballet will include set designs by Es Devlin, costume designs by Jonathan Howells, video design by Luke Halls and lighting design by Bruno Poet.

The Unknown Soldier will also feature archive film footage of World War I and audio recordings of the last surviving veteran, Harry Patch, and Florence Billington, whose sweetheart was killed in battle.


Marianela Nunez in Symphony in C © Bill Cooper/ROH 2010


The Unknown Soldier will be performed in a programme including Wayne McGregor’s Infra, first staged at the Royal Opera House in 2008, and George Balanchine’s dazzling ballet, Symphony in C, set to Bizet’s Symphony no.1.


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