“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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“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 ... that we’re all kind of dealing with the same stuff and it’s okay, that 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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