Roland Petit’s Coppélia starring Sergei Polunin opens at the London Coliseum in one month

United KingdomUnited Kingdom  The Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet debuts Coppélia at the London Coliseum . 6 performances only Thursday 11th to 14th July 2013

Stanislavsky Ballet; Photo credit:E Fetisova
Stanislavsky Ballet; Photo credit:E Fetisova

In one months’ time, The Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet brings Roland Petit’s 1975 version of one of the world’s most well-known and charming ballets, Coppélia, to the London Coliseum for the first time this July, with music from the English National Ballet Orchestra.

The story follows the comic adventures of the red-blooded Franz and how he falls in love with a beautiful, life-like doll. The doll – Coppélia – is created by the eccentric yet mysterious toymaker Dr Coppelius. The funny plot thickens when Franz’s jealous lover, Swanhilda, takes her friends on an adventure into the spooky toyshop of the mad toymaker to confront her rival. Of course, the story ends happily after the truth is uncovered. The whole town joins the most fabulous wedding celebration for the besotted Franz and Swanhilda.

The vibrant musical score was composed especially for the ballet, in 1870, by the great master Léo Delibes. It features well-loved classics such as the stirring Act I Mazurka and the grand Waltz of the Hours.

In 1939 the Moscow Art Ballet, founded by the former Bolshoi ballet star Victorian Kriger, joined the Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre, and so The Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet was established and quickly became one of Russia’s leading Ballet companies touring extensively across Europe and the USA.

The company brings together the finest principal dancers including Sergei Polunin, Semyon Velichko, Kristina Shapran and Erika Mikirticheva. It is led by the General Director Vladimir Urin and internationally renowned dancer Igor Zelensky is Artistic Director.

At a press conference announcing these performances Polunin said, ‘I am very sorry that, due to health issues at the time, I wasn’t able to explain to everyone why I couldn’t perform in April but I’m delighted to have another opportunity to dance at the Coliseum in July. Coppélia is one of my favourite ballets and I will be there!’

Swanilda : Erika Mikirticheva, Kristina Shapran, Natalia Somova
Frantz: Sergei Polunin, Dmitry Sobolevsky,  Semyon Velichko
Coppelius: Anton Domashe
11 July (eve): Sergei Polunin, Kristina Shapran
12 July (mat): Dmitry Sobolevsky, Natalia Somova
12 July (eve): Semyon Velichko, Erika Mikirticheva
13 July (mat): Sergei Polunin, Kristina Shapran
13 July (eve): Semyon Velichko, Natalia Somova
14 July (mat): Sergei Polunin, Erika Mikirticheva

Music by Léo Delibes
Choreography by Roland Petit
Staged by Luigi Bonino
Choreographic Assistant – Gillian Whittingham
Set Designer – Ezio Frigerio
Assistant Set Designer– Guiliano Spinelli
Costume Designer– Franca Squarchapino
Associate Costume Designer – Laura Lo Surdo
Lighting Designer: Jean-Michel Desire
Conductor – Anton Grishanin

The London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

11-14 July 2013

Evening performances 7.30pm

Sat matinee 2.30pm and Sun Matinee 2pm

(Concessions: Group Rate of £35 available for Groups of 10+ when booking seats in the Dress Circle usually priced £50.)

How to book
BOX OFFICE – 020 7845 9300 £3.50 booking fee applies  £1.75 Booking fee applies
IN PERSON – Performance Days: Mon to Sat 10am – 8pm