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Swan Lake

Natasha Oughtred as Odette; photo: Andrew Ross

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Swan Lake



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Swan Lake

A timeless story of good, evil and the all conquering power of love, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is without doubt the most famous of all classical ballets.

In mourning for his father, Prince Siegfried finds solace in hunting in the forest. He comes across a moonlit lake and is astonished to see one of the swans transform into a beautiful Princess. She is Odette, who, under the evil Von Rothbart’s spell, spends her days as a swan, returning to human form as night falls. Only the love of one who has never loved before can save her from this fate, but when the Prince is tricked into declaring himself toVon Rothbart’s daughter Odile,magically disguised as Odette, all hope seems lost.

With its exquisite ensembles, lyrical pas de deux and bravura solos, set to one of the world’s most achingly beautiful scores, it’s essential you secure your seats early.

★★★★★
THE EXPRESS

★★★★
THE STAGE

'One of the best Swan Lakes around'
THE EXPRESS

'A splendid production'
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

'A triumph'
THE GUARDIAN


Performance length


Approx 2 hours and 46 minutes

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Storyguide


ACT I  |  ACT II  |  ACT III  |  ACT IV

Credits


Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography Peter Wright; Lev Ivanov; Marius Petipa
Production Peter Wright; Galina Samsova
Designs Philip Prowse
Lighting Peter Teigen
Sponsored (1981) by the Royal Opera House Trust

World premiere


27 January 1895, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg

First performance by Birmingham Royal Ballet


27 November 1981, Palace Theatre, Manchester

Reviews


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