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Posted August 16, 2018 by

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St Petersburg Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake at the London Coliseum
Wednesday 22nd – Sunday 26th August

We all know the story–and many of us will have enjoyed film and animated versions–but nothing beats the thrill of a live performance. Fortunately, this month, the internationally acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet Theatre are set to make a welcome return to London Coliseum, 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 22nd – Sunday 26th August. Press night is Thursday 23rd August at 7.30pm.

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 Nutcrackerand 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 remarkable beauty and technically flawless.

Kolesnikova will be joined by an array of guest stars from the world’s leading ballet companies, including previously announced Denis Rodkin, a principal dancer from Bolshoi Ballet who has been hailed by the Guardian as Sensational. Irina and Denis will be dancing the roles of Odette/Odile and Prince Siegfried.

Other guest stars include Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer, Anna Nikulina, and Marrinksy Theatre’s principal dancer, Kimin Kim, who will also dance the roles of Odette/Odile and Prince Siegfried at selected performances.

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

“We are thrilled to welcome Anna Nikulina, Denis Rodkin and Kimin Kim as guest stars of St Petersburg Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake. 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.”

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. Swan Lake is undoubtedly a production everyone must experience at least once in their life.

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.

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Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email:


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