La Bayadère is one of Marius Petipa’s greatest works – a tale of passion, betrayal and redemption set in India. The ballet was first performed in St Petersburg in 1877. Now the Bolshoi Ballet, one of Russia’s greatest companies, brings its stunning production to the Royal Opera House, commemorating 50 years since the company first performed in Covent Garden. Dazzling sets and costumes by Nikolai Sharonov illuminate the tragic tale of the temple dancer Nikiya’s doomed love for the warrior Solor.

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