From ballet to street dance, Russian culture is sweeping London this summer


Take your pick from concerts featuring the work of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev or Stravinsky.

Be dazzled watching performances by the world famous Bolshoi Ballet.

Laugh along with Russian stand-up comedian Pavel Volya or enjoy exquisite Russian choral music.

The very best of Russian culture is coming your way.

Highlights include the Bolshoi Ballet dancing Spartacus at the Royal Opera House from July 29 to August 10. They will also be performing Tchaikovsky’s famous Swan Lake from August 2-14.  For just three days they are dancing Don Quixote from August 15-17.

Ballet meets street dance at Beats on Pointe when the two worlds have a face-off at The Peacock from May 21 to June 16.

For theatre lovers, Chekhov’s classic play Three Sisters runs at the Almeida until June 1, a new interpretation by Cordelia Lynn.

There is a second chance to see this play in a production by the Maly Drama Theatre of St Petersburg at the Vaudeville Theatre on June 29.

Later in the year, you can see a contemporary update of Chekhov’s potent drama Ivanov at the Barbican Centre from October 11-12.

For children, there’s the classic Peter and the Wolf at the Royal Opera House on June 30th in an Oscar-winning animation accompanied by Prokofiev’s score.

Sir Simon Rattle will be conducting Rachmaninov’s Symphony No 2 at the Barbican Centre from September 18th to 19th.

A new concert The Beauty of Tchaikovsky will celebrate the works of the great composer at the Royal Albert Hall on October 2nd.

One of the rising stars of Russian music Yulianna Avdeeva will give a recital of music by Chopin, Schumann and Schubert at the Southbank Centre on October 1st. While, at the same venue, Robert Trevino conducts a concert featuring pieces by Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich on October 30th.

A collection of Russian Treasures choral music will be presented at St Bartholomew on July 15th.

Bryn Terfel is the tormented Tsar Boris Godunov at the Royal Opera House from June 19 to July 3.

The famous Russian comedian and actor Pavel Volya performs in the 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire Big Stand Up on June 3rd.

Don’t miss the Russian art exhibitions and auctions also coming to London this summer. Read about them here.

For a host of other Russian cultural events in London this year covering music, theatre, dance, film and literature, read here.


* Main image: Dancer Svetlana Zakharova of the Bolshoi Ballet performing Swan Lake. Photo by Natalia Voronova