Built around the talent of its prima ballerina, Irina Kolesnikova, the company specialises in the crowd-pulling hardy perennials, with Swan Lake very much top of the list.
A misguided attempt last year to go left field and present a contemporary version of Carmen set in a Balkans refugee camp was universally panned; so, for this tour the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre opted to stand on much safer ground.
Apart from Kolesnikova, a tall, technically accomplished dancer, for this Coliseum residency the company will be joined by a number of exciting Russian guests, including Anna Nikulina, Denis Rodkin and the truly exceptional Kimin Kim.
You know the story: evil sorcerer von Rothbart turns a number of young women into swans; melancholy prince Siegfried meets the Swan Queen, Odette, swears eternal love which should break the spell, but is deceived by the sorcerer’s daughter Odille into betraying Odette. This being a Russian production, true love will conquer evil and Odette and Siegfried will dispatch von Rothbart and live happily ever after – presumably.
|What||St Petersburg Ballet Theatre, Swan Lake, London Coliseum|
|Where||London Coliseum , WC2N 4ES | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Charing Cross (underground)|
22 Aug 18 – 26 Aug 18, 19:30 mat 23, 25, 26 Aug 14:30 Dur.: 3 hours approx incl two intervals
|Price||£20-£95 (plus booking fee)|
|Website||Click here to book via the Coliseum|