It’s been nearly forty years since England’s Royal Ballet visited Chicago, and its production of principal dancer (and budding author) Carlos Acosta’s “Don Quixote” is being met with a bit of fanfare as a final feather in the cap of the Auditorium Theatre’s 125th anniversary season. The Cuban-born Acosta—still performing classical ballet at forty—has a devoted following in the UK, and spices up Marius Petipa’s iconic story ballet with fresh choreography and vivacious staging that highlights the humor of the title character and his cohort. Acosta dances the principal romantic role of Basilio opening night alongside the captivating Marianela Nuñez as Kitri, his star-crossed love interest. Sets by Broadway designer Tim Hatley give a hyperbolic, comic book backdrop befitting the broad, energetic, comedic subject. (Sharon Hoyer)
Royal Ballet at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 East Congress, (800)982-2787. June 18-21, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. $32-$137.