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Swan Lake to be live screened in cinemas across the world on 17 March 2015

Anthony Dowell's production of perhaps the greatest Romantic ballet of all stars Natalia Osipova, Matthew Golding and Gary Avis.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

12 March 2015 at 4.58pm | 15 Comments

Anthony Dowell's opulent Royal Ballet production of Swan Lake will be live screened in cinemas across the world at 7.15pm GMT on 17 March 2015.

Ahead of the screening, download our Swan Lake Digital Programme, which contains specially selected features to bring you closer to the production.

The Cast

The production stars Natalia Osipova as Odette/Odile and Matthew Golding as Prince Siegfried. The duo are forging a formidable partnership, having wowed audiences in Onegin recently.

'A great partnership is mainly about having an understanding for each other: understanding what the other person needs and bringing out the best in them,' Matthew recently told the ROH Magazine.

Evil sorcerer Von Rothbart - a role that requires an hour and a half in makeup before every performance - is played by Gary Avis.

The Story

Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is instantly captivated and determines to break the spell that holds her captive.

Despite its fame, at Swan Lake's core is one of ballet's greatest mysteries: who wrote the original story?

The Choreography

Swan Lake features some of the most iconic choreography in the ballet repertory, including the Dance of the Little Swans, performed by four Company members to one of Tchaikovsky's most recognizable melodies. Further choreographic highlights include the various national dances in the Act III ball scene, and the Black Swan pas de deux, in which heroic Prince Siegfried is tricked into forsaking his love.

Relatively rare within the core repertory, Swan Lake is credited to two choreographers rather than one - Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Nearly 150 years after its premiere, debate continues to rage among ballet history buffs as to who should receive the lion's share of the credit for the ballet.


The production opened on 10 February 2015. Read audience reactions to the opening night and add your own review.

After the relay, we will publish a roundup of audience tweets, so share your thoughts with the hashtag #ROHswanlake.

The production is given with generous philanthropic support from Celia Blakey, John and Susan Burns, Doug and Ceri King, Peter Lloyd and Gail Ronson. Original Production (1987) and revival (2000) supported by The Linbury Trust

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

12 March 2015 at 4.58pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by anthony dowell, cinema, Film, Matthew Golding, movies, Natalia Osipova, Production, Swan Lake, theater

This article has 15 comments

  1. Vanessa Johnson responded on 13 March 2015 at 12:56pm Reply

    I have been really looking forward to seeing this at cineworld Milton Keynes, yet to date have not been able to book it and is not showing on the cineworld website. It is still coming up on the roh website as somewhere to see it! I just wondered if you could shed any light on this and if it's not be shown the reason why?
    Many thanks

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 13 March 2015 at 2:54pm

      Hi Vanessa,

      The MK Cineworld site had this listed as a Bolshoi production in error. We've alerted them and they'll amend the site as soon as possible.


      ROH Content Producer

  2. Vanessa Johnson responded on 13 March 2015 at 4:26pm Reply

    Thank you so much! I try not to miss any of the cinema showings but was particularly looking forward to seeing the wonderful Natalia Osipova in Swan Lake.
    Many thanks again

  3. Stephen Taylor responded on 13 March 2015 at 5:59pm Reply

    I don't think you should be listing Don Quixote as forming part of the "formidable partnership having wowed audiences" given that Osipova never got beyond Act One on its opening night and cancelled all her remaining performances thereafter due to injury....

  4. Casey Snider responded on 15 March 2015 at 8:30pm Reply

    Fathom Events' website says this is being screened on Thursday, March 19. Is the 17th a UK screening date?

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 18 March 2015 at 1:07pm

      Dear Casey

      Yes, the relay goes out live in the UK and selected territories, but the US dates will be different.

      If you use our search you will be able to find your local showings:

      Best wishes


  5. Sharon Alexander responded on 16 March 2015 at 8:30pm Reply

    Really looking forward to seeing this in Mansfield tomorrow night. I know its a bit late but are programs available at cinema performances? If not is there another way of purchasing one even if it is after the event?

  6. Paul responded on 17 March 2015 at 12:04am Reply

    When did Natalia and Mathew "partner" in Giselle?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 17 March 2015 at 12:17pm

      Hi Paul,

      This has been amended. Apologies for the error.


      ROH Content Producer

  7. Lucia responded on 18 March 2015 at 3:49pm Reply

    Swan lake with Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding was so amazing! I have seen it in the cinema and it was the best performance of swan lake that I have ever seen. Are you going to produce a DVD of the performance last evening? It would be really great!!!!

  8. E parkes responded on 18 March 2015 at 5:31pm Reply

    Can I still get to see this ballet at a cinema in the south west as I missed last nights performance?

  9. Norma Rothwell responded on 19 March 2015 at 5:38pm Reply

    PLEASE will there be a DVD of Osipova and Golding in Swan Lake from 17th March relay? I already have the Nunez one but would definitely buy this one too

  10. susan walne responded on 21 March 2015 at 2:02pm Reply

    would also love to get DVD of this performance.Is there one?

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