Review: Swan Lake at Milton Keynes Theatre

Swan Lake
Swan Lake
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One of the most beautiful ballets left the audience captivated at Milton Keynes Theatre.

The English National Ballet version of Swan Lake is the story of the Princess Odette kidnapped by the wicked sorcerer Rothbart and it is up to Prince Siegfried to rescue her.

At just under three hours long, this is a show which is not only required to look incredibly beautiful but the performers must have incredible stamina to keep up the frenetic pace of the performance.

Fortunately there is plenty of both in evidence throughout the show. All of the performers are on time and perfect throughout. The levels of flexibility and moves they perform is dazzling to watch.

To keep up the pace and not a foot wrong is incredible act of endurance and full marks go to Alina Cojocaru playing the duel role of Odette and Odile.

The dancers are fantastically supported by the English National Ballet’s own orchestra who are a joy to listen to.

Ballet is not likely to appeal to everyone, me included, but it doesn’t stop me think recognising the incredible standards the performers reach on the stage. For ballet enthusiasts, this is a show which must be seen.

Review by Steve Mills

Swan Lake is performed until Saturday November 15. For tickets call the box office on 0844 871 7652 or visit