Classical Ballet and Opera House


Nutcracker Friday 7 October 7.30pm

Swan Lake, Saturday 8 October 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sleeping Beauty, Sunday 9 October 2.30pm

Eastbourne Theatres are thrilled to welcome Classical Ballet and Opera House to the Congress Theatre 7 – 9 October with a programme of timeless performances. This ballet company, new to Eastbourne, is from Moldova with dancers from different countries, including Ukraine. Featuring live orchestras with over 30 musicians, enjoy performances of winter classic The Nutcracker (7 Oct), compelling story Swan Lake (8 Oct) and spectacular fairy-tale Sleeping Beauty (9 Oct).

A lavish Ballet of festive season, The Nutcracker needs little introduction…

Snow flurries, sweets, princes, magic, and love are just some of the elements that are brought together in one of the most famous ballets in the world. A highly accessible ballet, full of familiar music such as the Waltz of the Flowers and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy this ballet continues to capture the hearts and imaginations of all generations across the world.

A truly captivating piece of theatre, it is a wonderful introduction to ballet whilst retaining its appeal to anyone who is familiar with it.

Swan Lake (8 October) is a timeless ballet with exquisite dancing. A tale of two young women, Odette and Odile, who resemble each other so strikingly that one can easily be mistaken for the other.

Swan Lake is the compelling legend of a tragic romance in which a princess, Odette, is turned into a swan by an evil curse. Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful young woman he is instantly captivated – will his love prove strong enough to break the evil spell that she is under?

From the opulent splendour of the palace ballroom to the moonlit lake where majestic swans glide in perfect formation, this tale of tragic romance has it all.

Swan Lake captures, like no other ballet, the full range of human emotions – from hope to despair, from terror to tenderness, from melancholy to ecstasy.

A wonderful evening out, the memories of which you will cherish long after the final curtain falls.

Every child’s favourite fairy-tale, Sleeping Beauty (9 October) is the classic story of love and innocence, mystery and magic! Stunning choreography, sumptuous costumes and wonderful sets form the fantasy world in which the Lilac Fairy struggles against the evil Carabosse.

Based on the fairy-tale by Charles Perrault, Sleeping Beauty tells of the Princess Aurora, cursed at her christening by the evil Carabosse to prick her finger one day on a spindle and die. Thanks to the timely intervention of the Lilac Fairy, she doesn’t die, but sleeps for a hundred years.

Woken by a prince, who has battled through the Enchanted Forest to reach her, they marry at a ceremony attended by nursery rhyme characters like Puss in Boots and all the other forest creatures.

There are no scores more successful in supporting the full range of ballet than those by Tchaikovsky.

Highlights include the Famous ‘Rose Adagio’ when Princess Aurora is introduced to four princes.

Sleeping Beauty is a ballet that all can enjoy, even the very young.

To book for any of these truly captivating ballets from Classical Ballet & Opera House (The Nutcracker (Friday 7 October 7.30pm – Swan Lake, Saturday 8 October 2.30pm & 7.30pm – Sleeping Beauty, Sunday 9 October 2.30pm) visit or call Box Office on 01323 412000. Tickets £34 – £40. Concessions £2 off. Under 16s £23.