Artists of The Royal Ballet in Swan Lake ©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

Performances of this production have been cancelled as the Royal Opera House is currently closed. Find out about other cancelled performances and how you can donate the cost of your ticket, exchange for a voucher or claim a refund here.

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


Generous philanthropic support from

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

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.

Welcome performances are generously sponsored by


with special thanks to Gregory and Regina Annenberg Weingarten



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.


CompanyThe Royal Ballet

ProductionLiam Scarlett

Additional choreographyLiam Scarlett and Frederick Ashton

MusicPyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

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.