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Bolshoi Ballet on pointe at the Royal Opera House

02 August, 2019 — By Michael White

Shostakovich’s The Bright Stream, is performed on August 7 and 8 at the ROH

Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet has had a bad press in recent years, with backstage scandals and – most recently – a serious case of bigotry when a new ballet about Rudolf Nureyev was cancelled on the grounds that it acknowledged Nureyev’s homosexuality (as if that was news to anyone)!

But for all this, the Bolshoi remains one of the great companies of its kind in the world. And it’s currently on tour to London, installed at the Royal Opera House with four ballets that sum up an illustrious history.

There’s Spartacus, with its rich, late-romantic score by Khatchaturian (August 1, 9 and 10). Opening Friday, August 2 is Tchaikovsky’s immortal Swan Lake, with choreography that references the original by Petipa. Opening Wednesday, August 7, is a less familiar comic ballet by Shostakovich, The Bright Stream. And later in August comes another Petipa classic, Don Quixote.

The tour runs to August 17, start times 7.30pm. Details: roh.org.uk

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