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Cast changes: Swan Lake on 2, 8 and 18 June 2018

Changes to the role of Odette/Odile in The Royal Ballet's new production have been announced.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

21 May 2018 at 2.32pm | 17 Comments

It has been necessary to make the following changes to Principal casting of Swan Lake on 2, 8 and 18 June 2018:

Due to injury, Lauren Cuthbertson will be replaced by Sarah Lamb as Odette/Odile on 2 and 8 June. For the performance on 18 June, she will be replaced by Yasmine Naghdi.

The rest of the cast remains the same.

[Updates: Casting amends for 2, 8, 18 June were added on 1 June 2018, following an earlier cast change for 22 May]

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By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

21 May 2018 at 2.32pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Ballet, by Liam Scarlett, cast change, Production, Swan Lake

This article has 17 comments

  1. Richard responded on 21 May 2018 at 4:32pm Reply

    Sorry for Lauren Cuthbertson. Hope she is back soon.
    Saying "the rest of the cast remains the same" is a little pointless, as apart from Bonelli, we have not been told what that cast comprises. Can we have fuller advance details of casts please?

    • Rachel Fairhurst responded on 22 May 2018 at 11:59pm

      Agree, I would have liked to have known who was Von Rothbart etc ahead of time, preferably at booking. It’s not just about the leads!

  2. Doreen Wright responded on 23 May 2018 at 9:36am Reply

    Sorry for Lauren but we were so fortunate to see the wonderful pairing of Akane Takada and Bonelli last night. They were so good together, hope we can see more of this pair. I think she is the best partner he has had.

  3. Helen Guy responded on 23 May 2018 at 10:29am Reply

    My sentiments exactly re "the rest of the cast". Even on the website you don't give the name of who is dancing von Rothbart, surely a pivotal character in the ballet, Many people are interested to see in advance who besides the principal 'pas de deux' is involved. Surely this isn't decided just the day before a performance - the only reason I can think of for not giving more details. Otherwise, I love the new Swan Lake: tutus are back, no black swans at the lake (which never made sense), Neopolitan Dance in all its glory with the proper tambourines (well done the two boys who take them on!)

  4. Anna responded on 23 May 2018 at 7:24pm Reply

    Joining everybody who complains about the announcement of more than the two or three principals in the cast!!!

    We like to know more about the cast because the soloists are so good, and we have our preferences about them too.

  5. Brian responded on 24 May 2018 at 8:46pm Reply

    Agree with Doreen Wright above. Akane Takada and Bonelli are a marvellous pairing who bring out the best in each other. Please let's see more of them together.

  6. Sim responded on 31 May 2018 at 10:41am Reply

    Hello. It is now Thursday and we still haven't been told who is replacing Cuthebertson on Saturday night. I assume that this is now all finalised, so why are we told so late? Could we please know who will be replacing Miss Cuthbertson in the rest of her scheduled performances please? Surely this is decided more than 48 hours before the show. Thank you.

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 1 June 2018 at 10:32am

      Hi Sim,

      We announce cast changes as soon as we can after they are confirmed - there is of course a balance to be struck if a dancer is injured, as we want to give them as long as possible to recover before we decide to change the cast. We also need to factor in enough time for the other dancers to rest depending on their rehearsal schedule, which is much more flexible than the performance casting. Sorry for not being able to announce Lauren's replacement any sooner.

      Many thanks,


  7. Sim responded on 1 June 2018 at 10:51am Reply

    Thanks Mel. I see you have now announced all changes; much appreciated.

  8. Graeme Williams responded on 1 June 2018 at 2:17pm Reply

    Great to see another opportunity for Yasmine.

  9. clive sharpe responded on 7 June 2018 at 4:21pm Reply

    I cannot believe how people moan so much about advance notice of cast members. We all have our favourites of course, but they are all world class dancers, and we should all feel lucky and privileged to get the chance to see them in such a wonderful production. Count our lucky stars, all of them

    • ML responded on 17 June 2018 at 6:33am

      Opera performances from the top opera houses around the world sell tickets and productions on the basis of which singers are performing the leads; the top dance companies around the world do the same with regards to dancers- Bolshoi, Mariinsky, Paris Opera, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet etc. Symphony orchestras often sell tickets solely on the basis of which soloist is headlining their concerto. There's no reason why Royal Ballet fans should not expect any less.

      To suggest that all dancers perform a lead role in exactly the same, homogeneous if technically accomplished manner and therefore should be indistinguishable and completely replaceable and interchangeable is a disservice to both dancers and audience and an insult to the dancers. Dancers of course do step in to substitute for injured or otherwise indisposed colleagues but that doesn't mean that their performances are carbon copies of those of their colleagues.

      You might also be surprised to hear that audience members might attend a show more than once just to see different dancers in lead roles giving their individual performances of a role, just like symphony audiences go back to listen to the same Beethoven or Ravel concerto multiple times just hear different soloists interpret it differently. They certainly would not go five times if it was the same performer every single time- unless that was their favourite performer (which of course they'd need the casting information to know that).

      Without the support of such fans who would pay to see performances by different artists of the same work, most dance companies would not survive at all, while others would struggle to fund the new creations that all artists need.

  10. Hugh Axton responded on 12 June 2018 at 11:41pm Reply

    Clive, I don't see your point. Of course all the Royal Ballet dancers are World class and we are lucky to see them. However some of us travel a good distance to do so, journeys lasting many hours. Many of the First Soloists and Soloists are fantastic dancers who sometimes, the First Soloists especially dance the lead roles. Are you suggesting that we attend every performance to enable us to catch our favourite dancer dancing one of the lead roles not listed? I do not think it would be too much trouble to have a more comprehensive cast list. It is very frustrating not to know which dancers will be dancing other than the 2 leads in some cases. This is not moaning it is a simple and quite sensible request by those interested in the whole cast of the Royal Ballet and not just a few lead principles.
    Hugh Axton

  11. Clive, I do not think it is moaning to ask that a fuller cast list be published. It is a simple and sensible request by those interested in the whole company and not just a few princples. The company has some very, very talented first soloists but other then when they are dancing the lead or second lead one does not know when they are dancing. Some of us have long train journeys to get to the ROH and while one would like to attend every performance that just is not possible and one needs to be selective. I find it quite extraordinary that a fuller cast list for each performance can not be published and fully support those who have made this simple request. It really isn't too much to ask by those who show a great interest in the Royal Ballet.
    Hugh Axton

  12. Nicola Frost responded on 17 June 2018 at 11:31pm Reply

    I was entranced. My mood was low but viewing the performance lifted me up to the clouds.

  13. Ken Milligan responded on 20 June 2018 at 11:48am Reply

    I was disappointed when I saw that Lauren Cuthbertson wasn't dancing but Yasmine was absolutely brilliant - what a depth of talent the Royal Ballet has at the moment.

  14. K. Weston responded on 23 July 2018 at 2:43am Reply

    I saw Swan lake at the local cinema in Australia this weekend, it was wonderful, I was so take by it all, that I did not register, who the dancers were in the production, could anyone please tell me. Congratulations on a superb, superb, production.

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