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The Royal Ballet's Swan Lake to be broadcast on BBC Four on Christmas Day 2018

Liam Scarlett's production stars Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov.

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

12 December 2018 at 11.45am | 34 Comments

The Royal Ballet's Swan Lake was broadcast on Christmas Day on BBC Four at 7pm GMT. It is now available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

The production - choreographed by Liam Scarlett and designed by John Macfarlane - was captured at the Royal Opera House in June 2018 and stars Marianela Nuñez as swan princess Odette and black swan Odile and Vadim Muntagirov as Prince Siegfried. Tchaikovsky's memorable score is conducted by Koen Kessels. It was acclaimed by audiences and press alike.

Fans of The Royal Opera will also enjoy the BBC's festive schedule: Wagner's Götterdämmerung, featuring Stefan Vinke, Nina Stemme, Markus Butter, Stephen Milling and conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 29 December at 4pm.

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

12 December 2018 at 11.45am

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged BBC Four, broadcast, by Liam Scarlett, Christmas TV, Production, Swan Lake, TV

This article has 34 comments

  1. Kathleen Lamb responded on 12 December 2018 at 3:28pm Reply

    Brilliant... wonderful.. THANK YOU

  2. Amanda Ward responded on 12 December 2018 at 6:00pm Reply

    Wonderful news. Will have to watch on iplayer but that’s boxing day sorted for me.

  3. Fantastic!!

  4. Alison Smithson responded on 12 December 2018 at 6:14pm Reply

    Absolute bliss! Will be watching!

  5. Elizabeth responded on 12 December 2018 at 7:23pm Reply

    When will this be released on dvd?

  6. Harry Mawbey responded on 12 December 2018 at 7:45pm Reply

    At last something really worthwhile watching over the Christmas Holiday. Love the Royal Ballet. Wonderful casting too. Well done BBC4

  7. Will this production be released on dvd/Blu-ray next year?

  8. Michael M responded on 12 December 2018 at 7:59pm Reply

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!!!

  9. Fiona Reed responded on 12 December 2018 at 10:41pm Reply

    Wonderful. Definitely be watching. Dare we hope for a DVD of this brilliant performance?

  10. Yippee!

  11. Jennifer responded on 13 December 2018 at 3:00am Reply

    Is there a way to stream in the U.S?

  12. Emmanuel Dumas responded on 13 December 2018 at 6:05am Reply

    Is there an online streaming? I'm from the Philippines

  13. Alan Perrow-Smith responded on 13 December 2018 at 9:15am Reply

    Brilliant, a worthwhile excursion away from reality tv shows and self opinionated so called comedians.

  14. marilyn weston responded on 13 December 2018 at 9:50am Reply

    thrilled
    will a dvd be coming out soon

  15. Julie Wakefield responded on 13 December 2018 at 10:21am Reply

    Thank you! What a wonderful Christmas present!

  16. I watched this virsion at movie theater yesterday in korea and I loved it so much. very sophisticated .. can’t forget Marianela’s impeccable movements.

  17. Matthew West responded on 13 December 2018 at 1:43pm Reply

    Great news. Saw it live in May, can see it at home on the TV and then am seeing it again in January at the Linbury

  18. Kim C responded on 13 December 2018 at 1:54pm Reply

    Christmas TV sorted. It's probably the only TV programme I'll watch.

    • Jan Delaunay responded on 16 December 2018 at 6:23pm

      So happy to find I am not alone in thinking that most things on TV are of no interest to me. However TV is a wonderful opportunity to see great ballet. Just seen Covent Garden Nutcracker on Sky Arts. Magnificent stage settings and costume. Spectacular dancing.

  19. Maria responded on 13 December 2018 at 7:54pm Reply

    Will be amazing to watch once everything has calmed down as I know my family will not be interested in it. Perfect TV for some alone time with a massive hot chocolate and the inevitable mountain of chocolate

  20. Laura responded on 15 December 2018 at 10:12am Reply

    Is the Dvd coming out too? Please, you can't make a new production and not release the dvd

  21. Hilary responded on 16 December 2018 at 3:55pm Reply

    Really looking forward to watching this with my daughter. Thank you!

  22. John Summerfield responded on 18 December 2018 at 2:03pm Reply

    Hooray! It's about time BBC 4 did something towards advancing classical ballet and music on our screens instead of serving up the usual menu of mundane, over-hyped rock and pop. Can't wait for the broadcast. Perhaps the BBC might take a leaf out of Sky Art's book and start showing more classic works.

  23. clive sharpe responded on 20 December 2018 at 5:24pm Reply

    I was lucky enough to see it 3 times at the roh, and it sent tingles down my spine it was so good. Will watch on Christmas Day, record it and watch it time and again

  24. Michael Sefi responded on 20 December 2018 at 5:24pm Reply

    I too saw the ballet live in June, and the cinema feeds - live and encore a little later. So the Christmas broadcast is a real treat. (But I'm also going to see it in the Linbury Theatre in January...!) Fab-u-lous… Oh, and I gather the DVD of this production may be out around May...

  25. Lara Hartley responded on 20 December 2018 at 5:49pm Reply

    is this going to be available on BBC America so those of us on this side of the pond can see it. asking for a california friend.

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 21 December 2018 at 12:22pm

      Hi Lara,

      Unfortunately, this is only scheduled to be on BBC Four at the moment but we will update you if these plans change. Sorry to disappoint!

      Many thanks,

      Mel

  26. Jakegee responded on 24 December 2018 at 10:00am Reply

    “Details of further Christmas broadcasts, including radio programming, will be added in due course.” ........ aren’t you cutting it a bit fine? It’s now 10am on Christmas Eve!!

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 24 December 2018 at 10:57am

      Hello,

      With apologies, this has now been updated. BBC Radio 3 is also broadcasting Götterdämmerung.

      Many thanks, Happy Christmas!

      Mel

  27. Lynn Scannell responded on 24 December 2018 at 5:12pm Reply

    Love this version of Swan Lake. Pity the BBC don't advertise it more! Could easily be overlooked on BBC 4. We need more ballet on TV, but at least its on the cinema a lot more nowadays!

  28. Marilyn Weston responded on 26 December 2018 at 7:04pm Reply

    The ballet was outstanding we were there when it was filmed
    Hope there will be a dvd soon

  29. Lynn Bre responded on 28 December 2018 at 10:53pm Reply

    Wonderful! We need more ballet on tv. I'd love to see all the classics, documentaries on the dancers, musicians etc that make each performance possible. Not enough people get to enjoy this wonderful art

  30. I cried.. I never cry at the ballet!
    Moving and Fabulous when seen at ROH.. and again on BBC 4.

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