Other than his semi-autobiographical piece "Tocororo" in 2004, this is Carlos Acosta's first venture into production. Not only has he produced this "Don Quixote" for the Royal Ballet, but he is also the principal dancer, alongside Marianela Nunez. As in "La Fille Mal Gardee", their exuberance is infectious and their enjoyment of performing together is obvious. More than any other version of "Don Quixote", Carlos Acosta has managed to put together a credible story to the adaptation of part of the book by Cervantes. The staging is colourful and exciting, the dancing full of energy, and the performers break with the tradition of silence on stage with some noise to show their 'joi de vivre' - probably to the annoyance of some classical purists!! As always, Carlos Acosta dances with precision and energy and both he and Marianela Nunez seem to defy gravity at times in their performance. Also commendable are Ryoichi Hirano and Laura Morera as matador Espada and his lover Mercedes. I also particularly enjoyed the innovative introduction of the four 'urchins', Luca Acri, Paul Kay, Kenta Kura & Michael Stojko, whose mischief and antics add much to this performance - and their dance skills are amazing! This is a 5 star production, one to add to your library and watch time after time.