Swan Lake by English Youth Ballet


16 June 2023

17 June 2023
New Theatre Oxford
24-26 George Street

16 June to 17 June

24-26 George Street
Oxford, OX1 2AG
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Swan Lake by English Youth Ballet
Swan Lake by English Youth Ballet

About Swan Lake by English Youth Ballet

English Youth Ballet performs full-length productions of classical ballets with professional principal dancers in leading roles in regional theatres across the UK, giving young dancers outside London an opportunity to perform within a professional setting.

English Youth Ballet’s Swan Lake follows the traditional storyline but with a particular emphasis on the rivalry between the seductive, evil Black Swan and the beautiful but vulnerable White Swan as they compete for the affection 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.

English Youth Ballet’s acclaimed production of Swan Lake is set in 1895 Imperial Russia in the Mariinsky Theatre–where the Mariinsky Ballet is 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 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.


From £16.90

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Ticketing information

Prices: From £16.90
Tickets are subject to a transaction fee

Duration: 2 hours 5 minutes, including an interval

Date & times:
Friday 16 June at 7.30pm
Saturday 17 June at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

About the English Youth Ballet

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 to 18). 

EYB’s large cast ensures the world’s favourite ballets are performed with the scale and grandeur 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.

About New Theatre Oxford

There has been a theatre on George Street for almost 170 years. The first theatre was built in 1836, and a second in 1886. In 1934, the third New Theatre opened.

The theatre has been owned by several different companies and undergone several name changes. It is now owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group and hosts everything from ballet and opera to musicals.

On performance days, the Box Office opens at noon and closes 15 minutes after the show starts. If there is a performance on a Sunday or Bank Holiday, Box Office will open 2 hours before the show begins and close 15 minutes after the show starts.

There is a large air-conditioned bar with seating located below the Stalls Foyer, two further bars in the Circle Foyer and an additional one at the back of the balcony. All stocked with an array of drinks and snacks.

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 Theatre Card members.

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