Artists of The Royal Ballet in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet © 2018 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper
Artists of The Royal Ballet in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet © 2018 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Fonteyn Circle

The Fonteyn Circle is a philanthropic initiative for ballet lovers who wish to become more closely involved in the work of The Royal Ballet.

The group’s involvement is based around private stage rehearsals, masterclasses, performances, and offers opportunities to meet artists and staff of The Royal Ballet at receptions and other events. Supporters of the Fonteyn Circle are invited to make a philanthropic gift. In grateful appreciation, supporters will be involved in the lifecycle of The Royal Ballet, from the initial conception, to rehearsals and right through until curtain up on the opening night. Supporters will gain access to cast and Company and enjoy a deeper relationship with The Royal Ballet.

This Season, the Fonteyn Circle will support Liam Scarlett’s production of Swan Lake. New in 2018, this glorious production returns for its first revival. While remaining faithful to the Marius Petipa and 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.

To find out more, please contact Isobel Turner on +44 (0)203 7726 431 or email

Fonteyn Circle 2019/20

Supporters will be warmly welcomed to the following:

Thursday 21 November 2019 An At Home evening with Cathy Marston An evening in conversation with acclaimed English choreographer and previous Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House Cathy Marston, as she discusses her first work for the Royal Ballet on the Main Stage.

Date TBC, 7.30pm Private discussion evening with a Royal Ballet Principal Dancer An ‘In Conversation’ evening in a private home with a Royal Ballet Principal dancer discussing their involvement in new work this season, and the magic of having new work created on them as they make history for the Company.

Tuesday 26 November 2019 A Private Stage and Orchestra rehearsal of Coppélia An opportunity to see Coppélia in rehearsal just days before opening night.

Wednesday 22 January 2020 New production Insight Join us to discover more about the production and choreography for one of the new works this season. The Insight will be followed by a private dinner with members of The Royal Ballet.

Thursday 5 March 2020 Celebration around a Performance of Swan Lake* A celebration of Liam Scarlett’s production of Swan Lake with cast and Company of The Royal Ballet.

May 2020 Pointe Shoe and Tutu workshops visit A unique opportunity to enjoy a private tour of both The Royal Ballet Pointe Shoe department and the Costume Workshop to see the exciting work in progress for the upcoming season.

*Please note that all tickets and refreshments are in addition to your generous gift. Access to rehearsals is at the discretion of The Royal Ballet and the conductor and may change at short notice; alternative dates will be offered where possible.

Payments to Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation, a charitable company limited by guarantee incorporated in England and Wales (Company number 480523) Charity Registered (Number 211775).