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bolshoi ballet, royal opera house, La Bayadère, Svetlana Zakharova, Damir Yusupov
'La Bayadère', Svetlana Zakharova, Photo: Damir Yusupov

In Russian, 'bolshoi' means big and grand, which could not be more accurate when it comes to the Bolshoi Ballet. Founded in 1776 and consisting of two hundred and twenty dances, it is the oldest and largest ballet company in the world. The Bolshoi Ballet is renowned for its vivid colours, bold sets, and athletic performers. With the appointment of Alexander Gorsky as Ballet Master in 1900, the company produced many acclaimed productions, including Swan Lake and La Bayadere.

Both these and three other ballets by the Bolshoi Ballet are scheduled for the Royal Opera House between the 29th July - 17th August, so if you like ballet, and want to see the best of its kind, then mark the dates in your diary.

With tickets starting from £8 in the amphitheater, it is affordable to most budgets. For those wanting to splash out, you can book tickets in the orchestra stalls for £120.

The series starts with the most famous ballet of all, Swan Lake. Set to the score of Tchaikovsky, it tells a love story between a prince and the Swan Queen. Next up is La Bayadère, which is an Indian tale about betrayal and redemption.

Following from that, you can see the classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty as well as Jewels – Emeralds, Rubies, Diamonds, a new production making its UK debut. Also making its first appearance in the UK is The Flames of Paris, set during the end of the French Revolution.
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Why? Russians make the best ballet
When: 29th July - 17th Aug
Phone: 44 (0) 20 7304 4000
Where: Royal Opera House
Cost: £8-£120
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