Christopher Wheeldon interview: ‘Be a judge on Strictly? Never say never…’

Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter’s Tale returns to Covent Garden next week
Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter’s Tale returns to Covent Garden next week Credit: Angela Sterling

Christopher Wheeldon is arguably the most sought-after choreographer at work today – in the realms of neo-classicism, there are few who can touch him. I cannot, then, resist asking this globally garlanded associate artist of the Royal Ballet what he makes of the charming but not exactly high-brow telly behemoth that is Strictly Come Dancing.

“I only ever watch it with my Mum,” he confesses when we meet last week at the Royal Opera House, “because she’s a huge fan, and I’m always home at Christmas, when she watches the special. But when I watch it, I actually am quite a fan. It is what it is, but there’s a lot of goodwill behind it, and it brings dance on to people’s tellies and into the living-room....

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