My First Ballet – Swan Lake

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I’m extremely excited that ‘My First Ballet’ Swan Lake is back on again and we have tickets!

I was going to see it back in 2015 with my daughter but for one reason or another we couldn’t make it. We did, however, manage to see another show in the ‘My First Ballet’ series the following year, which was Sleeping Beauty!

If you haven’t heard of them before, the My First Ballet’s are created by the English National Ballet and performed by students of the English National Ballet School. Created especially for children as young as three and adapted to an hour in length with a narrator to help young audiences follow the story. My First Ballet is the perfect introduction to the magic of ballet.

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Storyline: The magician Rothbart has turned the princess Odette into a swan; only at night can she return to human form. Will Prince Siegfried be able to save her or will he fall for Rothbart’s sorcery?

Featuring choreography by Antonio Castilla, English National Ballet’s Ballet Master and Repetiteur, this shortened version follows the familiar story with Tchaikovsky’s iconic music and will be loved by young ballet enthusiasts.

Since its creation in 2012, over 250,000 people have enjoyed the My First Ballet series.

My First Ballet: Swan Lake opens at The Peacock, London on 29 March 2018 before embarking on a national tour to Churchill Theatre, Bromley (14 & 15 April), New Theatre, Oxford (21 & 22 April), Manchester Opera House (28 & 29 April), The Grand Theatre, Blackpool (05 & 06 May), New Victoria Theatre, Woking (12 & 13 May) and Princess Theatre, Torquay (19 & 20 May).

To coincide with the tour, the English National Ballet will host on-stage creative dance workshop events up and down the Country, aimed to provide a gateway into the world of ballet. Children and their parents/ guardians will have the opportunity to learn extracts from the production with English National Ballet dance artists and get up close to costumes and scenery.

English National Ballet School Summer Performances return this year to New Wimbledon Theatre 6-7 July. Tickets go on sale Monday 23 April.

We can’t wait to watch!


  1. What a cool concept! Have a wonderful time! Xoxo, K&E

  2. I have never been to a ballet before but I am hoping to go to one very soon I hope you all have an amazing time x

  3. Susan Smith says

    I saw Swan Lake many years a go, didnt think i would enjoy it, but it was bsolutely brilliant

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