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Friday, 31 January 2020

B.R.B. Swan Lake | Mayflower Theatre | Press Tickets

I had a really good year in terms of theatre trips last year, and I think that 2020 could also be a promising year! My first show this year was Swan Lake, by the Birmingham Royal Ballet*. I have always been a big fan of the ballet, and Swan Lake is one of those classic performances that I would hope that I would get to see one day. I think that this performance stayed really close to the original story and was a really accurate depiction. I really enjoyed it.

The story follows Prince Siegfried, who has been crowned king following the death of his father, meaning that he must marry. Reluctant to do so, the prince instead socialises with his friends and later partakes in the hunt of a flock of swans. When he arrives at the lakeside, he is mesmerised by a swan who transforms into a beautiful princess, Odette. Under the power of an evil spell, she has to spend her days in the form of the elegant bird, with only true love having the power to save her. The prince declares that he loves Odette, and will marry her, therefore breaking the spell. However, true love never did run smoothly, with Siegfried being tricked by the evil magician who first cursed Odette. With their love doomed, the couple decide that they can't live without each other, and both throw themselves into the lake. It definitely tugged on the ol' heartstrings.
Photo courtesy of Mayflower Theatre
The Birmingham Royal Ballet have adapted this to be a really classic performance, staying true to the story I am familiar with. The music is nostalgic, with lots of songs that you will probably recognise, which is always appreciated. The orchestra did a phenomenal job and rightly so received a high amount of praise throughout the show and at curtain call.

The dancers were all incredible. The way they could make themselves move in a bird-like manner really took my breath away. I was totally mesmerised by the entire company. I always find ballet really impressive, the way they can spin time after time - and trust me, there was plenty of it in Swan Lake. Amazing.

The sets and costumes were also totally breathtaking. It looks like no expense was spared here. The costumes of the royal family were decadent and detailed, and the lakeside scenery was totally believable. The beginning of the final act, which opens with a stage filled with smoke, had the entire audience in awe. It was incredible.
Photo courtesy of Mayflower Theatre
I really enjoyed this show, and it's quite possibly my new favourite ballet - it was that good. The Birmingham Royal Ballet performance of Swan Lake is at the Mayflower Theatre until 1st February, before moving onto the Birmingham Hippodrome. I would really recommend the show, if you want an evening of total awe and wonder.

* My tickets were complimentary for review purposes. All views and opinions are my own.

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