Live Cinema Season

Swan Lake (2018)

Recorded | Ballet

Running time: The performance lasts about 3 hours, including two intervals

Swan Lake (2018)

The Royal Ballet presents a new production of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent classical ballet, with additional choreography by Liam Scarlett and designs by John Macfarlane.


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 enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.

The evil spirit Von Rothbart, arbiter of Odette’s curse, disguises his daughter Odile as Odette to trick Siegfried into breaking his vow of love. Fooled, Siegfried declares his love for Odile, and so dooms Odette to suffer under the curse forever.


Liam Scarlett’s glorious production of Swan Lake, new in 2018, returns for its first revival. While remaining faithful to the Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov text, Scarlett’s additional choreography and John Macfarlane’s magnificent designs breathe new life into what is arguably the best-known and most-loved classical ballet. The entire Company shines in this eternal tale of doomed love, a masterpiece refreshed for a new generation. Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet soars with its symphonic sweep and combines perfectly with exquisite choreography from the grand pas de deux of Prince Siegfried and Odile to the swans at the lakeside. An intoxicating mix of spectacle and intimate passion, the overall effect is irresistible.



The Royal Ballet


Liam Scarlett

Original choreography

Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

Additional choreography

Liam Scarlett and Frederick Ashton


Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky


John Macfarlane

Lighting designer

David Finn


Koen Kessels
Marianela Nuñez
Prince Siegfried
Vadim Muntagirov
Von Rothbart
Bennet Gartside
Alexander Campbell
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Concert Master
Ania Safonova
The Queen
Elizabeth McGorian

News and features

To find out more visit the Swan Lake (2018) production page.