“A show of terrible beauty and extraordinary craft” (The Guardian), this is not Swan Lake as you know it.

Rooted in the midlands of Ireland, ancient mythology and the ills of the modern world collide in this extraordinary adaptation of the beloved classic.

Combining soaring dancing and boundary-busting theatre, song and live music, acclaimed director Michael Keegan-Dolan swaps Tchaikovsky’s original score for Irish folk music with a Nordic noir twist.

Stunning and hard-hitting, yes. Yet good things arise out of the bad, as this extraordinary, magical performance transports you along an imagined dark path towards the light and resounding redemption.

★★★★★ The Guardian

★★★★★ Financial Times (UK)

★★★★★ Evening Standard (UK)

A Sadler’s Wells co-production with Michael Keegan-Dolan; Colours International Dance Festival, Theaterhaus Stuttgart; Dublin Theatre Festival; and Theatre de la Ville, Luxembourg. With support from The Civic Theatre, Tallaght and South Dublin County Council Arts Office

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"Exquisitely, painfully beautiful" reviews Jennifer Shennan on RNZ's Upbeat.

"A real, raw Swan Lake production that will leave you speechless" on Stuff.

“Keegan-Dolan deploys the traditional myth to clever and devastating effect,” writes former ballet dancer Charlotte Graham in ARTicle.

"I feel like one of my jobs through being a storyteller is to share ... we’re all kind of dealing with the same stuff and it’s okay, someone will walk out of the theatre and go ‘it’s okay!’” Michael Keegan-Dolan in The Neighbourhood Paper

Post-show Artist Talk: Thu 15 March, St James Theatre auditorium

Contains strong language and sexual themes

St James Theatre

1hr 15mins (no interval)

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