The National Ballet of Canada has announced it will develop a second new ballet with Christopher Wheeldon, the superstar British choreographer who created its hit 2011 production Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The Toronto-based National Ballet will again be working with London’s Royal Ballet and the same creative team that guided Alice, for the new story ballet The Winter’s Tale.

The dance will be based on Shakespeare’s play about a marriage ruined by jealousy and a child cast out by a suspicious father.


Young British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon will develop The Winter's Tale for the Royal Ballet and National Ballet. (Getty)

The Winter’s Tale will debut in London in spring 2014, followed by a Canadian premiere at as-yet-to-be-announced date.

Composer Joby Talbot, designer Bob  Crowley and lighting designer Natasha Katz will work with Wheeldon to create the new work.

Wheeldon’s Alice was a huge success upon its world premiere in 2011 and drew international interest. The National Ballet took the production to Los Angeles when it toured there last October.

The Toronto company will return to Sadler's Wells in London — for the first time since 1987 — with performances of Romeo and Juliet from April 17-21.

Artistic director Karen Kain has boosted the profile of the National Ballet over the past three years with an increase in touring and an ambitious investment in new productions to pique the interest of audiences and her dancers.