2015-2016 Bolshoi Ballet Season


The Bolshoi Ballet returns to the Harlequin Theatre with an outstanding new season for 2015-2016. For the sixth consecutive year, four exceptional titles will be broadcast live via satellite from Moscow: Giselle, The Lady of the Camellias, The Taming of the Shrew and Don Quixote. In addition, three magnificent classics will be presented captured live: Jewels, The Nutcracker and Spartacus

The greatest names of the ballet world will take to the Moscow stage, including Svetlana Zakharova, David Hallberg, Olga Smirnova, Vladislav Lantratov, Denis Rodkin and Mikhail Lobukhin, along with the unparalleled Bolshoi Corps de Ballet.

Tickets are priced at £16 with a rate of £14 for concessions, and we have a fantastic season ticket offer of £85 for entry into all seven shows! Contact our box office for details on 01737 276 500.



Date SUN 11 OCT 2015

Time 4pm

Running time 2 hrs 20 mins

Music Adolphe Adam

Choreography Yuri Grigorovich

Libretto Theophile Gautier and Jean-Henry Saint-Georges

Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

The young peasant girl Giselle dies when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her will, she joins the wilis, vengeful spirits who now turn against Albrecht and condemn him to dance until he dies of exhaustion. 

This gem of Romantic ballet is one of the oldest and greatest in the classical repertoire, touching upon the great Romantic themes: a doomed love affair ending in tragedy, a dive into fantasy, and ultimate redemption through the power of love. The Bolshoi is renowned for its intimate and emotionally intense interpretation of this beloved drama.



Date SUN 8 NOV 2015

Time 3pm

Running time 2 hrs 5 mins

Music Gabriel Fauré (Emeralds), Igor Stravinsky (Rubies), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Diamonds)

Choreography George Balanchine

Libretto Theophile Gautier and Jean-Henry Saint-Georges

Cast Olga Smirnova, Semyon Chudin, Vladislav Lantratov, Anna Tikhomirova, Ekaterina Krysanova and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet

This opulent triptych was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue. It celebrates the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone.

With this first abstract ballet, Balanchine built a homage of captivating beauty to the dance schools that had forged his style – Paris, New York and St Petersburg – each represented by a contrasting jewel – emerald, ruby and diamond. Jewels offers a unique opportunity to enjoy Balanchine’s visually captivating work, as the Bolshoi is the only company authorised by the Balanchine Trust to film and broadcast his masterpiece. (Captured live on 19 Jan 2014)



New production

Date SUN 6 DEC 2015

Time 3PM 

Running time 3 hrs 5 mins

Music Frédéric Chopin

Choreography John Neumeier

Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet 

A young bourgeois, Armand Duval, falls madly in love with Marguerite Gautier, a gorgeous courtesan celebrated by Parisian high society. Despite her infidelity, Armand will do all he can to win the beautiful woman’s heart and convince her to leave her indulgent life. 

The Bolshoi breathes new life into John Neumeier's tragic masterpiece, inspired by Alexandre Dumas' novel and accompanied by Chopin's exquisite score. This production assumes a new emotional and dramatic texture that only the Bolshoi’s dancers can deliver. “Neumeier’s character-rich ballet has found a company that is equal to its challenges.” – Financial Times.



Date SUN 13 DEC 2015

Time 3PM

Running time 2 hrs 10 mins

Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography Yuri Grigorovich

Libretto Yuri Grigorovich (after E.T.A. Hoffmann and Marius Petipa)

Cast Denis Rodkin (Nutcracker Prince), Anna Nikulina (Marie), Andrei Merkuriev (Drosselmeyer), Vitaly Biktimirov (Mouse King) and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet

On Christmas Eve, Marie is given a wooden nutcracker as a gift. When the clock strikes midnight, the nutcracker transforms into a prince and saves Marie from the Mouse King and his army.

This beloved holiday classic will enchant the whole family with its fairy-tale setting and Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. The Bolshoi’s version of The Nutcracker has a unique and beautiful sense of romance, danced by the heroic Denis Rodkin as the courageous prince and the magical Anna Nikulina as Marie. (Captured live on 21 Dec 2014)



New production

Date SUN 24 JAN 2016

Time 3PM

Running time 2 hrs 5 mins 

Music Dmitri Shostakovich

Choreography Jean-Christophe Maillot

Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

Many suitors dream of marrying the lovely and sweet-natured Bianca, including Lucentio. However, her father will not let anyone marry her before her elder sister, the ill-tempered Katherina, is married herself.

French choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot lands a coup with his adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy tailored specifically to the Bolshoi dancers, and achieves a magnetic two hours of breathtaking, non-stop dance unlike any other, revealing the Bolshoi’s audacity and energy in a completely new way. This new production was staged exclusively for the Bolshoi and cannot be seen anywhere else!



Date SUN 13 MAR 2016

Time 3PM 

Running time 2 hrs 50 mins

Music Aram Kachaturian

Choreography Yuri Grigorovich

Libretto Yuri Grigorovich

Cast Mikhail Lobukhin (Spartacus), Svetlana Zakharova (Aegina), Vladislav Lantratov (Crassus), Anna Nikulina (Phrygia) and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet

In ancient Rome, Spartacus, a Thracian soldier, is captured by Crassus with his wife Phrygia. Forced to fight as a gladiator and kill one of his friends, Spartacus plots an unprecedented uprising.

Grigorovich's Spartacus was created at the Bolshoi in 1968, and has since remained the Russian company’s signature ballet. This most spectacular production is an epic tour de force, giving full expression to the strength for which the Bolshoi’s male dancers are renowned. Principal dancer Mikhail Lobukhin is stunning in the role of the legendary gladiator, alongside Svetlana Zakharova as Aegina. (Captured live on 20 Oct 2013)



New production 

Date SUN 10 APR 2016

Time 4PM 

Running time 3 hrs 10 mins

Music Leon Minkus

Choreography Alexei Fadeyechev (after Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky)

Libretto Marius Petipa (after Miguel de Cervantes)

Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet 

Cervantes’ eccentric hero Don Quixote sets off with his loyal squire Sancho Panza on journey full of adventures in search of his perfect woman. Along the way he meets Kitri, the dazzling daughter of an innkeeper, who he thinks might be his ideal love. 

The Bolshoi's panache and excellence are combined in Fadeyechev’s critically acclaimed staging of this exhilarating performance with Leon Minkus’ famous score. Featuring brand new sets and costumes to accompany this colourful and technically challenging production, Don Quixote is quintessential Bolshoi, abounding with life and not to be missed!