Royal Ballet

Like Water for Chocolate

In Cinemas 11, 12, 14 & 15 Feb 2023
Koen Kessels
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Francesca Hayward (Tita), Marcelino Sambé (Pedro), Laura Morera (Mama Elena), Mayara Magri (Rosaura), Anna-Rose O’Sullivan (Gertrudis), Cesar Corrales (Juan Alejandrez), Matthew Ball (Dr John Brown), Gary Avis (Don Pasqual), Christina Arestis (Nacha), Isabella Gasparini (Chencha)
Jody Talbot
Christopher Wheeldon
Bob Crowley
2h45 including an interval
Captured live from Covent Garden, London, 9 Jun 2022
Official Event Listing
  • Luxurious, rip-roaring entertainment, at times almost impossibly beautiful. Hayward and Sambé are dynamite in each other's arms. This is a banquet of a ballet: if I were you, I’d tuck right in.
    Mark Monahan, THE TELEGRAPH
    Delectable. An engrossing, propulsive, fulfilling watch, full of buoyant movement and visually arresting coups de theatre.
    Lyndsey Winship, THE GUARDIAN
    Magnificent. Brings the pacy momentum of musical theatre into classical ballet. The performances across the cast for this world premiere were exceptionally good.
    Graham Watts, BACHTRACK
    Swift and stylish. Wheeldon’s sense of theatre sweeps the ballet along. His glowing stage pictures are full of atmosphere, while a charismatic cast bring warmth to this ambitious work.
    Zoe Anderson, THE INDEPENDENT

Ballet in three acts (2022)

Special Valentine's Day evening screenings (6.30pm Tue 14 Feb) at participating venues! All tickets include a complimentary glass of Prosecco on arrival, plus a copy of the latest issue of Limelight magazine. Regular pricing applies.

New Production! A modern Mexican classic of romance and magic realism provides the basis for The Royal Ballet’s new full-length work, reuniting Christopher Wheeldon with the creative team who transformed Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale into dance, composer Joby Talbot and designer Bob Crowley.

Journey into Laura Esquivel’s captivating family saga of food and forbidden passions (also the inspiration for Alfonso Arau’s multi award-winning 1992 film) where Tita (Francesca Hayward) falls in love with Pedro (Marcelino Sambé) but is unable to marry him as she must instead care for her mother (Laura Morera). Tita's emotions spill out through her cooking, and influence everyone around her in startling and dramatic ways...

Pedro: ‘I swear I will love you forever.’
Mama Elena: ‘You know perfectly well that being the youngest daughter means you have to take care of me until the day I die.’

ROH Guidance: Suitable for ages 12+