Cheap Swan Lake tickets at the Royal Opera House
The Bolshoi Ballet launches its Golden Jubilee season at the Royal Opera House with one of Russia’s greatest ballets, set to the timelessly beautiful music of Tchaikovsky. Swan Lake was the composer’s first score for ballet and premiered in 1877. It was poorly received by critics at the time but has since become one of the best-known ballet scores of all.
Prince Siegfried comes across a flock of swans while out hunting. He is taken aback when one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman and becomes captivated by her beauty. But the swan is cursed with an evil spell. Will the Prince’s love prove strong enough to break the enchantment?
The ballet contrasts the story of the pure White Swan with the menacing Black Swan and both roles are performed by the same dancer. The part is a showcase for the dancer’s full range of capabilities, requiring her to express both good and evil simultaneously. Her performance is enhanced by impressive supporting dances such as the Dance of the Little Swans. The vast set adds to the onstage ambience, presenting audiences with chandelier-lined ballrooms and the elegant royal palace.
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Royal Opera House Seat Plan
Choose your seats from the plan of the Royal Opera House above. If you're making your first visit to a theatre or you're simply unsure about where you'd most like to be seated, here's a quick guide to help you choose:
The Stalls are level with and closest to the stage. The Dress Circle (or simply the Circle) is the level of seating above the Stalls. The Upper Circle or Grand Circle is above the Dress Circle. The Balcony, above the Upper Circle, is the highest level of seating.
Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House is situated on Bow Street in the heart of London, close to Covent Garden tube station.
The first building to be constructed on the present site was called the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden and was erected in 1732 with the money made from an 18th century production of The Beggar’s Opera.
This building was awarded a theatrical patent from the King, which was particularly sought after at the time as the patent allowed drama to be performed. The only other theatre given this power was the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
The building also gained fame thanks to the composer Handel, who favoured the theatre and premiered much of his music here during the 1700s.
But, like any long-serving institution, its fortunes have varied over the years. Fires in 1808 and 1856 led to the building being entirely rebuilt twice, and in 1843 the theatre lost its exclusive drama rights, forcing it to rename itself the Royal Italian Opera. Following the popularity of its change to opera, the building was named the Royal Opera House in the late 1890s and began staging operas from all over Europe.
The 2268 seat building that stands today was designed by Sir Edward M. Barry. It was built by Frederick Gye in just six months and originally opened in May 1858 with a production of Les Huguenots by Meyerbeer.
After World War II, the Sadler’s Wells Ballet company moved to Covent Garden to join the Opera Company. United under one roof, they were renamed the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera respectively.
Among the countless notable shows to have graced this venerable stage during its long history are the premieres of William Congreve's The Way of the World, Gioachino Rossini's Semiramide and George Bizet's Carmen.
Today, the Royal Opera House enjoys consistent success, attracting more than 65,0000 visitors per year. It has a unique reputation for presenting classical and modern ballets and operas from the four corners of the globe. Recent successes include Robert Le Diable, Swan Lake, The Minotaur, The Nutcracker and L'elsir d'amore.
Whatever you decide to see at the Royal Opera House, we wish you an entertaining and rewarding visit.
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