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Swan Lake – Welcome Performance

Join us for the opening performance of The Royal Ballet Season – a special treat for first-time families.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Swan Lake – Welcome Performance. It was last on stage 6 October 2012.


Prince Siegfried discovers a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman he is captivated – will his love be strong enough to break the evil spell that she is under?


If you and your family have never seen a production on the main stage at the Royal Opera House, why not come and experience the magic of ballet for as little as £5? With a morning of fun and free activities, including dressing up, a design workshop and storytelling, your visit will be a special day to remember.

Swan Lake is one of the greatest of ballets, with memorable music and a timeless story of good against evil. Anthony Dowell's production draws on the style of 1890s Russia and features the wonderful Dance of the Little Swans, famous for its white tutus and beautiful choreography. It is the perfect first-time ballet!

If you are unable to attend this special Welcome Performance of Swan Lake there are performances open to the general public from 8 October to 24 November.

On Wikipedia

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 Václav Reisinger( 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.

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