The Royal Ballet's 2018 production of Swan Lake returns to The Royal Opera House stage in March and May for 24 performances and with a live cinema relay on 19 May.
The opening night on 1 March will be led by two dancers who are no strangers to the roles of Odette/Odile and Prince Siegfried: Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov. However, over the following weeks there will be an astonishing number of debuts in the lead roles. Francesca Hayward, Fumi Kaneko, Mayara Magri, Anna Rose O'Sullivan and Claire Calvert, as well as Marcelino Sambé, Cesar Corrales and Nicol Edmonds are all dancing the complete roles for the first time. Also, Lauren Cuthbertson and Steven McRae will be making their debuts in this production.
The Royal Ballet was performing this production of Swan Lake in 2020 when the run was cut short due to the pandemic.
The Royal Ballet says,
The reimagining of Petipa and 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 a sublime score by Tchaikovsky and glittering designs by John Macfarlane, the production is one of the best-loved works of the 19th-century classical ballet canon.
The 19 May cinema relay will see principal dancer Lauren Cuthbertson and first soloist William Bracewell in the leading roles. Encore screenings will follow from 22 May.
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