EYB Swan Lake Prod Shot

English Youth Ballet - Swan Lake

Live at
New Theatre Oxford
change
Fri 16 Jun - Sat 17 Jun 2023
  Tickets available from £16.90
subject to a transaction fee of £3.80
Ballet
2 hours 5 minutes
incl. interval
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.
Watch the trailer

New Theatre Oxford

change
Fri 16 Jun - Sat 17 Jun 2023
24-26 George St, Oxford OX1 2AG, UK
2 hours 5 minutes incl. interval
Fri at 19:30
Sat at 14:30 and 19:30
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.

Production shot

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.

Nights you don't want to miss

  • Opening Night
    Come and join us for our first performance.
    Buy tickets

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

New Theatre Oxford

24-26 George St, Oxford OX1 2AG, UK
Oxford Railway Station
The box office will open 90 minutes prior to performances.
There is a large air-conditioned bar with seating located below the Stalls foyer, two furhter bars in the Circle Foyer and one at the back of the balcony. All stocked with an array of drinks and snacks.
Avoid the queues and be our guest in the Ambassador lounge. Add some sparkle to your night out and enjoy a show with bespoke service.
There is a cloakroom located in the stalls bar. If this is closed please speak to a member of staff. £1 per item. It is free to ATG TheatreCard members.

There has been a theatre on George Street for almost 185 years. The first theatre was built in 1836, and a second in 1886. In 1908, the Dorrill family took over the venue and finally in 1934, the third Theatre opened; the ‘New Theatre’. Stanley Dorrill masterminded the rebuilding of the theatre as we know it today. He commissioned a new building from the well-known theatre architects William and T.R. Milburn of Sunderland. The Milburns developed the decadent art-deco interior with T.P Bennett and Sons, who also designed the Saville Theatre in London.

See other shows at this venue
Watch the trailer

New Theatre Oxford

change
Fri 16 Jun - Sat 17 Jun 2023
24-26 George St, Oxford OX1 2AG, UK
2 hours 5 minutes incl. interval
Fri at 19:30
Sat at 14:30 and 19:30
For group bookings of 10 or more: