The Bolshoi remains the unshakable reference of ballet today. The 2018/19 season presents the greatest classics for a cinema exclusive experience featuring the Bolshoi principals and corps de ballet. Four classical ballets (La Sylphide, Don Quixote, La Bayadère and The sleeping Beauty) will be presented along with the beloved Christmas tale The Nutcracker and the jazzy ballet The Golden Age, that can be seen only at the Bolshoi. Carmen Suite-Petruska, Edward Clug’s new creation will close the season, with two very popular characters.
Members’ priority booking is now open, and tickets go on general sale on Friday 13 April.
Adults £22 / Members £17.50 / Students and Retired £17.50 / Student and Retired Members £15.50
Explore the season by selecting a title below.
Sunday 11 November 2018, 4.00
La Sylphide is one of the world’s oldest surviving ballets, and a treasure in the Danish Bournonville style. Restaged for the Bolshoi by Bournonville expert Johan Kobborg, this production is the ultimate romantic masterpiece.
Sunday 2 December 2018, 4.00
Inspired by heroic stories of brave knights, Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful servant Sancho Panza set out on an adventure to meet his ideal woman, Dulcinea. Cervantes’ hero comes to life in the Bolshoi’s critically acclaimed staging of this exalting performance.
Sunday 23 December 2018, 4.00
The holiday classic returns to the majestic Bolshoi stage for a live broadcast of a timeless story, The Nutcracker, taking audiences of all ages on a magical journey through a world of enchantment complete with dancing snowflakes and dolls that have come to life, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.
Sunday 20 January 2019, 4.00
La Bayadere is one of the greatest works classical ballet history. Dazzling sets, costumes, and one of the most iconic scenes in ballet, the “Kingdom of the Shades,” illuminate the tragic tale of the temple dancer Nikiya’s doomed love for the warrior Solor, and their ultimate redemption. A must-see!
Sunday 10 March 2019, 4.00
The Sleeping Beauty
A resplendent fairytale ballet performed by the Bolshoi, The Sleeping Beauty features scores of magical characters including fairies, the Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, and a beautiful young Princess Aurora performed by Olga Smirnova, a “truly extraordinary talent” (The Telegraph). This is classical ballet at its finest.
Sunday 7 April 2019, 4.00
The Golden Age
With its jazzy score by Shostakovich and its music-hall atmosphere featuring beautiful tangos, The Golden Age is a refreshing and colourful dive into the roaring 20’s. A historic ballet that can be seen only at the Bolshoi!
Sunday 19 May 2019, 4.00
Carmen Suite/ Petrouchka
The passionate one-act ballet by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso originally conceived for legendary Bolshoi prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya will captivate audiences alongside Petrushka, a new creation for the Bolshoi by contemporary choreographer Edward Clug, in an evening encapsulating the soul of Russian Ballet.