Three classic ballets during summer tour at theatre

Sofia National Ballet: Don Quixote
Sofia National Ballet: Don Quixote

Three classic productions will be brought to the stage next week when the Sofia National Ballet visits Milton Keynes Theatre.

The ballets Don Quixote, Giselle and Swan Lake will be performed in succession on three nights from Monday, July 29 until Wednesday, July 31.

Accompanied by The Orchestra of Sofia National Ballet, the dates are part of a summer tour in which the company will visit only eight venues around the country.

The Sofia National Ballet first formed in 1928 and are said to be steeped in the Russian classical tradition. The company now boasts 90 dancers and a full orchestra.

Don Quixote is the story of an eccentric, yet noble, old gentleman whose dreams of a fantasy world full off brave knights and beautiful ladies lead the story. Love, duels and choreography combine with a dash of Spanish passion in this moving ballet.

Swan Lake is often thought of as one of the most romantic ballets of all time. Odette, a princess, is turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. The contrasting backdrops of scenes by a moonlit lakeside and the opulent splendour of a palace ballroom are enriched by Tchaikovsky’s superbly orchestrated musical narrative.

The poignant ballet, Giselle, tells a story of the lead character and her duplicitous lover, Albrecht. It is a tale of love, treachery and forgiveness from beyond the grave.

Giselle will be performed on Monday, Don Quixote on Tuesday and Swan Lake on Wednesday. Performances will take place at 7.30pm each night. There will also be a 2.30pm performance of Swan Lake on Wednesday.

Tickets cost £12-£36. To book, call 08448 717652 or visit