Birmingham Royal Ballet’s ‘Swan Lake’ announces national tour beginning next month

The production will start performances by the beginning of February – its locations including Southhampton, Plymouth and Edinburgh among others. Serving as the company’s third installment of Sir Peter Wright’s exquisite ballets, the tour will also feature two of the world’s greatest dancers on several specific dates.

New Year, old classics. But no matter how many resolutions we may have made for this next episode in our lives, there is a vice that’s far too addictive to even considering letting go. And also, there’s the theatre! Following up on their list of timeless pieces (their most recent production another Tchaikovsky’s audience fave at the Royal Albert Hall), the renowned Birmingham Royal Ballet has releases the dates for one of their latest projects – bringing the magical tragedy of Swan Lake around the country during Spring.

From Southampton to Edinburgh, this ambitious production will also serve as the third installment of Sir Peter Wright’s works to be performed by the company this season – the previous ones being Coppélia in October, and the world-famous production of The Nutcracker at the Birmingham Hippodrome for Christmas. Choreographed by Wright along with Lev Ivanov, Marius Petipa, the piece (probably the most famous one in its genre) tells the fateful story of Prince Siegfried, who falls in love with a beautiful woman cursed by an evil sorcerer, which causes her to turn into a swan as the sun sets. The spell can however be broken by the kiss of true love, but evil, disguised as beauty, is to step in the way…

Also produced by Wright in conjuction with Galina Samsova, this tour will as well feature guest performances by two of the world’s greatest dancers. Vadim Muntagirov, Principal Dancer with The Royal Ballet, will perform the role of Prince Siegfried at Theatre Royal Plymouth on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th March, while Polina Semionova, Resident Guest Principal Artist with the Berlin State Ballet and former Principal Artist with The American Ballet Theatre in New York, will guest perform the iconic dual lead role of Odette and Odile at the Birmingham Hippodrome on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 February. 

Swan Lake will visit the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (2-4 February); Birmingham Hippodrome (15-25 February); The Lowry, Salford (2-4 March); Sunderland Empire (9-11 March); Theatre Royal Plymouth (15-18 March) and Festival Theatre, Edinburgh (30 March-1 April). Tickets are available on the following link.

By Guillermo Nazara

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