SB’s Swan Lake for Festival

Nov 5 2019 | By More
Scottish Ballet launches 2020/21 season

Scottish Ballet is to open all three of its major tours during its 51st season from Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre, starting with David Dawson’s production of Swan Lake, opening in April 2020.

The Scandal at Mayerling, a dramatic new interpretation of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s iconic ballet Mayerling, will open in September. And Peter Darrell’s take on The Nutcracker returns as the Christmas 2020 offering, running throughout December.

Season 2020/21 Campaign Images. Pic: Nicola Selby; Artwork: Scottish Ballet Design Team

The company will be touring all three ballets to His Majesty’s Aberdeen, Eden Court Inverness and Glasgow’s Theatre Royal – with The Nutcracker also dropping into Belfast’s Grand Opera House. Tickets for all performances went on sale today – see links below.

Scottish Ballet is also touring internationally. This is My Body, a double bill of its takes on MC 14/22, choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj, and Sibilo, choreographed by Sophie Laplane, will mark its debut at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, London in April.

Then, in May, this year’s big hit: Helen Pickett’s award-winning take on The Crucible, is off to the USA with dates at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC, and Charlston’s Spoleto Festival in May.

invigorating repertoire

Announcing the 2020/2021 season launch Christopher Hampson, CEO and Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet, said: “It’s been an incredibly exciting time for Scottish Ballet during the company’s 50th anniversary year.

“The 2020/2021 season connects us with audiences from across the world through an invigorating repertoire showcasing some of today’s most cutting-edge choreographers, and Scottish Ballet’s adventurous, daring and unique style.”


Swan Lake

Swan Lake Campaign Image. Pic: Nicola Selby, Artwork: Scottish Ballet Design Team

Arching backs, spiralling arms and mesmerising patterns push the Company dancers to their physical limits in this tale of purity versus seduction. David Dawson’s daring, visceral choreography is perfectly paired with the rich, romantic Tchaikovsky score, played live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre 9-11 April 2020 Book online.
Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre 16-18 April 2020 Book online.
Inverness Eden Court 23-25 April 2020 Book online.
Glasgow Theatre Royal 29 April – 2 May 2020 Book online.

The Scandal at Mayerling

The Scandal at Mayerling Campaign Image. Pic: Nicola Selby; Artwork: Scottish Ballet Design Team

Dramatically reimagined and adapted for Scottish Ballet by Gary Harris and Christopher Hampson, The Scandal at Mayerling will feature bold new designs from Elin Steele and a new orchestration from Martin Yates.

This dramatic new interpretation, of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s iconic ballet Mayerling is true to the original, with the story set in Vienna in 1889. Crown Prince Rudolf, an anti-hero as compelling as Hamlet, has a morbid fascination with death and a voracious sexual appetite.

An intense and lavish period production, a story of obsession and mortality, with a backdrop of sumptuous set and costumes. The story is brought to life by the music of Franz Liszt, performed live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre: 17-19 September 2020 Book online
Glasgow Theatre Royal: 24-26 September 2020 Book online
Inverness Eden Court 2-3 October 2020 Book online
Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre 8-10 October 2020 Book online

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker campaign Image. Pic: Nicola Selby; Artwork: Scottish Ballet Design Team

A firm family favourite, this magical story takes you on a journey through the eyes of a child as it follows the adventures of the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Nutcracker Prince and the larger-than-life Rat King.

Leaving children and adults in awe, this heart-warming tale places Peter Darrell’s choreography centre-stage as dancers perform to Tchaikovsky’s score, that transports audiences to a far-away land of dreams…and baubles.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre 5-31 December 2020 Book online
Glasgow Theatre Royal 6-16 January 2021 Book online
Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre 20-23 January 2021 Book online
Inverness Eden Court 27-30 January 2021 Book online
Belfast Royal Opera House 10-13 February 2021 Book online


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