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St Petersburg Ballet Theatre bring Swan Lake to the London Coliseum

Irina Kolesnikova as Odette. Photo by Alexander Gronsky.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE internationally acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet Theatre are returning to the London Coliseum this summer with their full-length classic production of Swan Lake.

The Company’s 2015 season was a total sell out with over 25,000 seats sold. The 2018 season is strictly limited and takes place between Wednesday, August 22 and Sunday, August 26.

Arguably the world’s most loved ballet, Swan Lake tells the immortal classic love story of Prince Siegfried and Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse.

St Petersburg Ballet Theatre will perform this balletic masterpiece as it was meant to be seen, boasting gorgeous traditionally painted backdrops, Tchaikovsky’s moving score, a full-sized orchestra and critically acclaimed dancers performing the full-length production for London audiences.

Founded in 1994, St Petersburg Ballet Theatre is renowned globally not just for its beautiful Vaganova trained dancers but also for its stunning full-length productions. Led by prima ballerina Irina Kolesnikova, the company travels internationally performing classical masterpieces from its repertoire including Giselle, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. The incredibly popular Company is in such demand that it gives 200 performances every year.

Irina Kolesnikova has a wealth of leading credits under her belt, having been prima ballerina at St Petersburg Ballet Theatre since the age of 21. Her last Odette/Odile in Swan Lake in London in 2015 was described by the Telegraph as “Truly a thing of beauty” and “Technically flawless”.

Kolesnikova will be joined on stage by an array of guest starts from the world’s leading ballet companies including principal dancer Denis Rodkin, from the Bolshoi Ballet, who has been hailed by the Guardian as “Sensational”. Additional guest stars will be announced at a later date.

St Petersburg Ballet comes to the London Coliseum following performances in Spain, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Ireland, France, Italy, Austria, USA, Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, South Korea, New Zealand, Japan, China, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan and Australia.

As producer of the tour with decades of experience in presenting quality Russian ballet around the world, Andrew Guild said:

“Without doubt, Swan Lake is the world’s most famous classical ballet. And no one dances it as beautifully as The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre. The full length lavish production shows Russian classical ballet on a grand scale. It’s the real thing. Gorgeous Tchaikovsky music, magnificent sets and costumes, superb Russian classical dancers and brilliant Guest Stars. I urge every ballet lover not to miss it. See it once, remember it forever.”

Tickets for Swan Lake go on general sale at 10am on Friday, March 16, and can be purchased at londoncoliseum.org/whats-on/swan-lake-st-petersburg-ballet-theatre/.

Image: Irina Kolesnikova as Odette. Photo by Alexander Gronsky.

Tickets: £20 – £95 plus booking fee.

Times: Wednesday to Sunday evenings at 7:30pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2:30pm.