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Swan Lake

The Lowry, Salford 23 - 26 September 2015
Birmingham Hippodrome 28 September - 6 October 2015
Sadler's Wells, London 13 - 15 October 2015
Sunderland Empire 22 - 24 October 2015
Theatre Royal Plymouth 27 - 29 October 2015
Belfast Grand Opera House 4 - 7 November 2015
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff 11 - 14 November 2015
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton 26 - 30 January 2016

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Ballet's greatest love story returns in Birmingham Royal Ballet's lavish production. This romantic fable of ill-fated passion, powerfully illuminated by Tchaikovsky's legendary score, has bewitched viewers for generations.

By a moonlit lake, a grieving prince witnesses the transformation of a swan into a beautiful princess. Compelled by an evil spell to spend her days in the form of a bird, she can only be saved by the power of love.

Filled with exquisite ensembles, lyrical pas de deux, and bravura solos, this Swan Lake is atmospheric, romantic, and beautiful - an unforgettable experience.

Look out for our special children's introduction to the ballet, First Steps: a child's Swan Lake in Salford, Birmingham, Plymouth, Cardiff and Southampton. Click here for more information.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★


'One of the world's finest productions of the ballet'

'A triumph'

'One of the best Swan Lakes around'

Performance length

Approx 2 hours and 46 minutes




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Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography Peter Wright; Lev Ivanov; Marius Petipa
Production Galina Samsova; Peter Wright
Designs Philip Prowse
Lighting Peter Teigen

World premiere

27 January 1895, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg

First performance by Birmingham Royal Ballet

27 November 1981, Palace Theatre, Manchester
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