Royal Opera House: Swan Lake

Royal Opera House: Swan Lake

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  • Tue 12 Jun
  • 180 minutes
  • Director: Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov
  • Cast: The Royal Ballet


Swan Lake has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since 1934. This Season The Royal Ballet creates a new production with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett.

While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text,Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane.

Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.

Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s first ballet score. Arguably the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets, that success is secured not only by the sublime, symphonic sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score, but also by the striking choreographic contrasts between Petipa’s royal palace scenes and the lyric lakeside scenes created by Ivanov.