Nutcracker Ballet - Victoria (BC)

Royal Theatre
Monday, November 12, 2018 - 7:00 pm
T: 888.717.6121

Announcing Tickets on Sale Now for Moscow Ballet’s Swan Lake on Saturday, November 11 at Royal Theatre in Victoria

Announcing tickets on sale now for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Swan Lake returning to Victoria's Royal Theatre Saturday November 11, 3:00pm matinee only.

Moscow Ballet’s Swan Lake is staged by Ballet Master Vladimir Troschenko, Ballet Master Emeritus for Odessa State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre and an honorary graduate of the world renowned Vaganova Academy at the school of the Kirov/Mariinsky Theater located in St. Petersburg, the city where he was born.  Principal Danseur Alexander Skulkin and  Ballerina Elena Pechenyuk perform as Prince Sigfried and Odette/Odile. Skulkin joins Moscow Ballet after performing as Principal Danseur for the Kiev National Opera and Ballet of Ukraine and Pechenyuk was awarded the title Honored Artist of Ukraine in 2016 and Honored Artist of Culture in 2013. Platinum Experience tickets feature artist Meet N Greet and branded gift items; Gold Circle Gift Packages include branded gift items. Discounts for Seniors 65+, Active and Inactive Armed Services, and Motorclub members are available from .  Single tickets are available at or call Royal Theatre BO 888-717-6121.

Swan Lake was first performed in Moscow in 1877 by the Moscow Imperial Theater. Composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, already noted for his music for Sleeping Beauty was commissioned to write the score. After several revisions, the ballet attained critical success in 1894/95 when choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov produced it for the St. Petersburg Ballet. Revered as the epitome of classical ballets, Swan Lake is a gripping tale of love, betrayal, and the triumph of good over evil. The dual role of Odette/ Odile in which the ballerina first appears as the tragically ethereal Swan Queen and later as the alluring but deceptive Odile (Black Swan) is one of the most dramatic and technically challenging roles in all of classical ballet. 

Moscow Ballet’s “Swan Lake” supports Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary’s “Bringing People to Nature” Fund-raising Campaign

Announcing Moscow Ballet partnership with Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary (SLCHNS) for their “Bringing People to Nature” fund-raising campaign to restore all the floating boardwalks on Victoria’s own Swan Lake. The Moscow Ballet company of 40 ballerinas and danseurs will perform ballet’s most beloved story ballet “Swan Lake” at Royal Theatre on Saturday, November 12, for a 2:00pm matinee only. The Moscow Ballet company is praised by the critics. “Perhaps one of the most magical moments of all, was delivered by a truly excellent...corps, a veritable highlight excelling in both synchrony and grace. Both male and female corps were outstanding all night.” from Calgary Herald, Stephan Bonfield, 2014. Phase One of the SLCHNS restoration campaign was completed in 2015, on time and on budget at a cost of $350,000.00.  Phase Two requires $800,000.00 in order to span the lake’s 755’ of floating boardwalk. “Partnering with world the renowned Moscow Ballet is a perfect partnership”, said Kathleen Burton, Executive Director, “I have wanted to bring Swan Lake to our Swan Lake since my first day on the job. When the ballet company indicated they were planning a stop as part of their 10th annual Canadian (and 24th annual North American tour) I think the squeal of excitement could be heard across the lake.” A portion of every ticket purchased online using benefits SLCHNS’s campaign to save the atmospheric and dramatic boardwalk.

Children in Victoria are also invited to participate in SLCHNS’s fund-raising campaign! They can participate in the October 8 Foliage, Flowers and Tutus Cultural Immersion sessions led by Moscow Ballet Soloist Olena Nalyvaiko. Olena will be in Victoria for one day only working hands on in workshops with the children and ending with a dance demonstration by the participants. The sessions are for ages 5 to 14 years and also benefit SLCHNS’s Bridges to Nature Campaign. In addition, Ballerina Olena Nalyvaiko will pose in costume at the Swan Lake Bridge the morning of October 8 for photographers. The public is invited to register by calling (250) 479-0211.   

About the Royal Theatre

The 1416 seat Royal Theatre opened in 1913. It has seen many of this century's great performers on its stage, including Sarah Bernhardt, Carlos Montoya, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Luciano Pavarotti, National Ballet of Canada, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Tony Bennett. The Royal retains its original Rococo/Renaissance Revival style décor and it is Vancouver Island's premiere venue for touring attractions, and home to the Victoria Symphony and Pacific Opera Victoria.

The Royal and McPherson Theatre Society (RMTS) is a not-for-profit organization that manages all operational aspects of the Royal Theatre and the McPherson Playhouse. The society is unique in that it provides “one stop shopping” for our clients, handles the rentals and upkeep of the venues, provides a box office, technical and front of house services. The RMTS currently functions as a rental venue and not a producing arts organization. The theatre’s Mission Statement is: to enrich the cultural life of the region, by operating and maintaining the civic theatres of the CRD.