Akane Takada as Odile ©ROH. Photographed by Bill Cooper.

Swan Lake

5 March16 May 2020
The performance lasts about 3 hours, including two intervals
Main Stage
Ballet and dance
Also broadcast to cinemas
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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.

Production supported by

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Liam Scarlett’s role as Artist in Residence is generously supported by

Ricki Gail and Robert Conway.

Generous philanthropic support from

The Clore Duffield Foundation, Julia and Hans Rausing, Rena and Sandro Lavery, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson, Susan and John Burns, Kenneth and Susan Green, Doug and Ceri King, the Fonteyn Circle and The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund

Thanks to:

Thanks to the Taylor Family Foundation and The Gerald and Gail Ronson Family Foundation Schools’ Matinees for their generous support of the Schools Matinee performance on Tuesday 31 March.

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Synopsis

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.

Cast

Cast may vary depending on date. Go to dates and prices to view casting.

Creatives

Company The Royal Ballet

ChoreographyLiam Scarlett

Original choreographyMarius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

Additional choreographyFrederick Ashton

MusicPyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

ProductionLiam Scarlett

DesignerJohn Macfarlane

Lighting designerDavid Finn

Accessibility

There is lift access and step-free seating to most levels of the Main Stage auditorium, except the Orchestra Stalls, which are reached by a minimum of nine steps. There are more than 100 seats in the Stalls Circle, Balcony and Amphitheatre which are accessible without the need to negotiate steps. In addition, many seats in these areas and in the Donald Gordon Grand Tier and Orchestra Stalls are accessible by 10 steps or fewer. Find out more about accessing the Main Stage Auditorium.

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