Sunday, 4 July 2010

Bolshoi Ballet in London this summer

Ivan Vasiliev in Spartacus
Photograph :  Damir Yusupov

July 19th sees the Bolshoi Ballet litereally blast into town with Spartacus.  There hardly seems a more fitting ballet with which to open their London season.  You may have seen Carlos Acosta dance the title role when he guested with the Company - a huge honour for him and a thrill for the audience if you were lucky enough to be there - but it's also true to say that the Bolshoi have their own incredibly talented dancers and the First Night cast is Ivan Vasiliev, Nina Kaptsova, Svetlana Zakharova and Alexander Volchkov.  Could you want for more ?

Back in March I published the full casting, which is reproduced here for ease of reference.  If you are unfamiliar with the Company and would like some guidance as to which casts to see, my recommendations are highlighted in large font (please bear in mind that booking has been open for a while and you may not be able to buy tickets to see the recommended casts at this late stage).  The Company are so jam packed full of stars that any of the casts will be excellent.  Casting is always subject to change, and updates will be posted here.

July 2010

Monday 19th July, 7.30pm
Ivan Vasiliev, Nina Kaptsova, Svetlana Zakharova, Alexander Volchkov

Tuesday 20th July, 7.30pm
Pavel Dmitrichenko, Anna Nikulina, Maria Alexandrova, Yury Baranov

Wednesday 21st July, 7.30pm
Mikhail Lobukhin, Nina Kaptsova, Ekaterina Krysanova, Artem Shpilevsky

Thursday 22nd July, 7.30pm
Maria Alexandrova, Ruslan Skvortsov
Friday 23rd July, 7.30pm
Natalia Osipova, Viacheslav Lopatin

Saturday 24th July, 2.00pm
Anastasia Stashkevich, Viacheslav Lopatin

Saturday 24th July, 7.30pm
Natalia Osipova, Ruslan Skvortsov

Monday 26th July, 7.30pm
Serenade - Ekaterina Krysanova, Anna Leonova, Anastasia Yatsenko, Artem Shpilevsky
Giselle - Svetlana Zakharova, Nikolay Tsiskaridze, Maria Allash

Tuesday 27th July, 7.30pm
Serenade - Anastasia Yatsenko, Anna Leonova, Anastasia Stashkevich, Artem Shpilevsky
Giselle - Natalia Osipova, Alexander Volchkov, Maria Allash

Wednesday 28th July, 7.30pm
Serenade - Ekaterina Krysanova, Anna Leonova, Anastasia Yatsenko, Artem Shpilevsky
Giselle - Anna Nikulina, Ruslan Skvortsov, Anna Leonova

Paquita/Petrushka/Russian Seasons
Thursday 29th July, 7.30pm
Paquita - Maria Alexandrova, Alexander Volchkov
Petrushka - Ivan Vasiliev, Natalia Osipova, Denis Savin
Russian Seasons - Natalia Osipova,  Svetlana Zakharova, Andrey Merkuriev

Friday 30th July, 7.30pm
Paquita  - Anzhelina Vorontsova, Nikolay Tsiskaridze
Petrushka  - Viacheslav Lopatin, Ekaterina Krysanova, Vitaly Biktimirov
Russian Seasons - Natalia Osipova

Saturday 31st July, 2.00pm
Pavel Dmitrichenko, Anna Nikulina, Yury Baranov, Maria Alexandrova or Ekaterina Shipulina??

Saturday 31st July, 7.30pm
Ivan Vasiliev, Nina Kaptsova, Svetlana Zakharova, Alexander Volchkov


Le Corsaire
Monday 2nd August, 7.30pm
Maria Alexandrova, Nikolay Tsiskaridze, Ekaterina Krysanova

Tuesday 3rd August, 7.30pm
Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev, Nina Kaptsova

Wednesday 4th August, 7.30pm
Ekaterina Shipulina, Ruslan Skvortsov, Anastasia Yatsenko

Thursday 5th August, 7.30pm
Maria Alexandrova, Nikolay Tsiskaridze, Ekaterina Krysanova

Don Quixote
Friday 6th August, 7.30pm
Svetlana Zakharova, Mikhail Lobukhin

Saturday 7th August, 2.00pm
Ekaterina Krysanova, Andrey Merkuriev

Saturday 7th August, 7.30pm
Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev

Sunday 8th August, 3.00pm
Svetlana Zakharova, Mikhail Lobukhin


  1. Very nice!

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend, darling!


  2. Thanks for posting ! I am looking forward to it ! I have got my ticket for Don Quixote with Svetlana :-) :-)

  3. Amazing! I wish I could be in London at those data.

  4. Thank you for posting this! It was way back in March through your excellent blog that I discovered my favourite dancers - Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev and Svetlana Zakharova - would be coming to perform in London.

    Thanks to your post with the casting list as soon as booking was open on the ROH website I was able to get some great tickets. I'm now literally counting down the days until 7th August to see Don Quixote!

    I discovered this afternoon that the Guardian are running a competition for readers to observe the Bolshoi company class on 28th July and 6th August and I immediately thought of this post.

    I hope it's ok to post the link :)

  5. Couture Carrie - thank you

    Chatton - thank you - do let me know what you make of it !

    Cloudia - hello and thanks !

    Syl - there will be other places to see them !

    ToThePointe - lovely to hear, thank you. Let me know what you make of it won't you ?


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