English Youth Ballet - Swan Lake

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Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Tue 22 Mar - Wed 23 Mar 2022

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English Youth Ballet perform full length productions of classical ballets with professional principal dancers in the leading roles in regional theatres across the UK, giving young dancers outside London an opportunity to perform within a professional setting.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Tue 22 Mar - Wed 23 Mar 2022
Exchange Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1UG
Tue at 20:00
Wed at 16:00 and 20:00
For group bookings of 10 or more:

English Youth Ballet’s Swan Lake follows the traditional storyline, but with particular emphasis on the rivalry between the seductive, evil Black Swan and the beautiful but vulnerable White Swan as they compete for the affections of the Prince. A powerful new adaptation of one of the world’s most cherished classical ballets starring English Youth Ballet’s stunning international principals and 100 talented young dancers from the local area.

Now in its 21st year, English Youth Ballet provides professional performance experience for talented young dancers. It has built a national reputation for the quality of both its full-length classical ballets and mixed bill programmes, winning The Stage Award – for special achievement in regional theatre. The opportunity to watch English Youth Ballet is a unique experience; sell-out audiences are treated to beautiful international principal artists sharing the stage with the top up-and-coming talent from the local area (aged 8 -18). EYB’s large cast ensures the world’s favourite ballets are performed with the scale and grandeur which was originally intended. There are now ex-EYB young performers in some of the world’s best companies – including the Royal Ballet, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Joffrey Ballet.

English Youth Ballet’s acclaimed production of Swan Lake is set in 1895 Imperial Russia in the Mariinsky Theatre--where the Mariinsky Ballet are preparing for a production of Swan Lake. Two unlikely lovers meet: Odette, a dancer with the Mariinsky Ballet and Prince Sergei, son to the Tsar. The Tsar wants to ensure that Prince Sergei does not marry beneath his station, while the tyrannical ballet director, Baron Von Rothbart, will do anything to secure a royal patronage for his ballet company, manipulating his own daughter, Odile, to compete for the affections of the Prince.

The choreography has been created by director Janet Lewis and her team of international principal artists and teachers who coach the young dancers. The music by Tchaikovsky features the famous Dance of the Cygnets, the Black Swan pas de deux and Swan Lake’s famous Overture. Stunning stage designs for the ballet are by Sebastian Petit and the costume designs are by Keith Bish.

What the critics say

100 talented young dancers supported by some of the world’s finest principal dancers.
- Sunday Express
A cast of excellent professionals and more than 100 talented young local dancers. A beautifully poignant performance.
- The News, Portsmouth

Stats and facts

There are approximately260costumes
required for Swan Lake
Over1500young dancers
auditioned for the opportunity to perform with EYB in 2018

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Exchange Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1UG
Aylesbury
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 15 mins after the final performance commences, Sat 10:00 – 15 mins after the final performance commences, on no show days 1 hour before curtain up on morning performances, and 2 hours before curtain up on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
The box office will open 90 minutes prior to performances.
There is a bar on every level of the theatre, including a private bar in our Cartwright Room and Second Space.
The theatre cloakroom is located in the Stalls foyer; items can be stored in the cloakroom for £1. ATG Theatre Card members have free use of the cloakroom.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre can be found in the heart of Aylesbury. The theatre has attracted international interest in the world of construction and boasts a dynamic programme of electrifying West End productions, unparalleled comedy and the best children’s shows. The multi-functional venue can accommodate conferences, meetings and live screenings.

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Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Tue 22 Mar - Wed 23 Mar 2022
Exchange Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1UG
Tue at 20:00
Wed at 16:00 and 20:00
For group bookings of 10 or more: