Ballet lovers and newcomers alike will find joy and spectacle in the classical delights of Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballets Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, which will be visiting Richmond Theatre from the 12th until the 15th of January. 

Swan Lake
Nerubashenko Ballet performing, ‘Swan Lake’

Swan Lake is a timeless tale, the story of the doomed love of Prince Siegfried and Odette, Queen of the Swans. The thrilling sight of a company of swans performing to Tchaikovsky’s dramatic score is one of the true delights of classical ballet. While hunting one night, Prince Siegfried chases a group of swans. One of them transforms into a young woman, Odette, who reveals that she and her companions have been placed under a spell by the wicked von Rothbart.

The spell can only be broken if someone who has never loved before promises his love and remains faithful to that vow. The Prince at once swears his eternal devotion but he is tricked into declaring his love for another, the daughter of Rothbart, Odile. When Siegfried realises his mistake, he follows Odette to the lake and begs her forgiveness but it’s too late.

Classical Ballet
Nerubashenko Ballet performing, ‘The Nutcracker’

The Nutcracker is a festive treat for all the family. Clara’s Christmas adventure begins when she is gifted a Nutcracker doll who magically comes to life… A daring battle with the Mouse King is just the start of the excitement, as the Nutcracker Prince whisks Clara off to the Land of Snow, where they are greeted by dancing snowflakes. A host of spectacular dances complete the magical night and Clara finally wakes to wonder if it’s all been a dream.

Tchaikovsky’s score for The Nutcracker is enchanting, as is the story, making this the perfect introduction to ballet. Each Tchaikovsky composition is a masterpiece perfectly complementing the dancers and narrative, especially when performed by a live orchestra.

Swan Lake
Nerubashenko Ballet performing, ‘Swan Lake’

The Smirnov Golovanov productions for 2023 will be presented by a hand-picked company of international dancers, joined by the artistes of Marina Medvetskaya’s International Classic Ballet Theatre. Georgia-born Marina Medvetskaya is a former prima ballerina of Tbilisi State Academic Opera and Ballet. She is renowned for selecting dancers whose grace, skill and athleticism authentically portray the classical style of ballet in her presentations.

Richmond Theatre

This performance is presented by PMB Presentations, a presenter of ‘high end’ touring ballet and opera, and London seasons of visiting companies.

From January 12 -15, tickets start at £13 and are available from;

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