Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Swan Lake. It was last on stage 29 July—10 August 2016 as part of the Summer 2015/16 season.
The Bolshoi’s enchanting production of Swan Lake is a masterpiece of lyricism, drama and magic. It was created by Yuri Grigorovich, former director of the Bolshoi and an esteemed choreographer in his own right, after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s celebrated 1895 production. Set to Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score, this timeless favourite embodies all the elements that have made Swan Lake the world’s best loved ballet, as the forces of evil attempt to thwart the love between the swan-princess Odette and her Prince Siegfried.
News and features
28 July 2016
The repertory of a company plays a crucial role in determining its identity – especially on international tours.
11 November 2015
The Russian ballet company will perform popular works including Don Quixote, Swan Lake and Le Corsaire.
20 March 2015
The Guest Artist and Royal Ballet Principal work in the studio ahead of tomorrow’s matinee performance.
17 March 2015
Rehearsal footage and exclusive interviews from the cast and creative team of The Royal Ballet's Swan Lake.
19 February 2015
The exact authors of Swan Lake are unknown – but the ballet shows the influence of a variety of different fairytales.
30 July 2013
A spotlight on releases from one of the world's premiere ballet companies.
Swan Lake (Russian: Лебединое озеро/Lebedinoye ozero), Op. 20, is a ballet composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1875–76. Despite its initial failure, it is now one of the most popular of all ballets. The scenario, initially in two acts, was fashioned from Russian folk tales and tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse. The choreographer of the original production was Julius Reisinger. The ballet was premiered by the Bolshoi Ballet on 4 March [O.S. 20 February] 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Although it is presented in many different versions, most ballet companies base their stagings both choreographically and musically on the 1895 revival of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, first staged for the Imperial Ballet on 15 January 1895, at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. For this revival, Tchaikovsky's score was revised by the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatre's chief conductor and composer Riccardo Drigo.