Artists of The Royal Ballet in Swan Lake ©ROH. Photographed by Bill Cooper.

Swan Lake

1 March28 May 2022
The performance lasts about 3 hours, including two intervals.
Main Stage
Ballet and dance

The Royal Ballet’s sumptuous production of Swan Lake returns to the Royal Opera House stage after its 2020 revival was interrupted by the pandemic’s closure of theatres. The reimagining of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s towering masterpiece by Liam Scarlett is testament to the late choreographer’s abiding love of classicism and innate musicality which shine through the production.

With its sublime score by Tchaikovsky and glittering designs by John Macfarlane, an irresistible mix of spectacle, mystery and passion infuses this audience favourite, one of the best-loved works in the 19th-century classical ballet canon.

Supported by

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Generous philanthropic support from

Julia and Hans Rausing, Susan and John Burns, Ricki Gail and Robert Conway, Kenneth and Susan Green, The J P Jacobs Charitable Trust and Doug and Ceri King



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.

Von Rothbart, arbiter of Odette's curse, tricks the Prince into declaring his love for the identical Odile and thus breaking his vow to Odette. Doomed to remain a swan forever, Odette has but one way to break the sorcerer's spell.


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


CompanyThe Royal Ballet

Original choreographyMarius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

MusicPyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

ProductionLiam Scarlett

Additional choreographyLiam Scarlett and Frederick Ashton

DesignerJohn Macfarlane

Lighting designerDavid Finn


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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