BALLET: Ballet Theatre returns with lavish double bill

ST PETERSBURG Ballet Theatre returns to the Congress Theatre this month with two lavish productions: The Nutcracker (January 26 and 27) and The Sleeping Beauty (January 28 and 29).

The talented young company from St Petersburg was formed in 1994.

Touring with 50 dancers on stage and a superb 35 piece orchestra, the resulting experience is simply magical and one that continues to delight UK audiences.

St Petersburg Ballet Theatre’s performance of classical ballet gives a true dancing experience, combining artistry, technique, narrative and live music, attracting a whole new generation of ballet lovers.

The company is packed with talented world class dancers and principals all showing virtuosity and bravura and giving thrilling performances.

A favourite amongst all ages, The Nutcracker is a magical fairytale ballet.

On Christmas Eve Clara tiptoes downstairs to retrieve one of her presents, but instead finds herself at the beginning of an adventure which will take her on a wonderful journey to far off places.

The Sleeping Beauty is equally as charming – a spellbinding ballet with a Wedding finale attended by every fairytale character you could possibly imagine.

On the day of Princess Aurora’s Christening a curse is placed on her by the wicked fairy Carabosse, one day she will prick her finger on a spindle and die.

But the good Lilac Fairy changes the curse so the Princess will instead fall asleep for 100 years.

Evening performances are at 7.30pm with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

Tickets cost from £17-£30, call 412000.