As the third Russian Winter Festival takes place in Trafalgar Square this weekend it seems that Swindon is also keen to share in the midwinter festivities, as audiences are rushing to buy tickets to see the Russian State Ballet of Siberia perform The Nutcracker and Swan Lake at the Wyvern on 21, 22 and 23 January.
Tchaikovsky adapted The Nutcracker from a fairytale in 1892 and it is now widely recognised as the most magical of his ballets. Set at a Christmas party in a toyshop, children are transported into a fantasy world where a mirror transforms them into adults, and an army of toy soldiers battles with a gang of mice!
The vast array of costumes and inventive set are by award-winning designer Dmitry Tcherbadzhi, inspired by the mystery and romance of the story. The ballet ends with a spectacular carnival guaranteed to blast away all of those winter blues.
In Swan Lake the lakeside ensembles will see the Wyvern stage transformed into a breath-taking pattern of swirling white tutu-ed swans. The company opt for their own ending, forgetting the original added shortly after Tchaikovsky’s death and the later Stalinist-era happy ending.
Swan Lake is now almost sold out but there are still tickets left for performances of The Nutcracker.
Mon 21 January | 7.30pm
Tue 22 January | 7.30pm, Wed 23 January | 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Tickets £23 – £27.50. Ticket Office: 01793 524481