ENGLISH Youth Ballet presents a brand new production of Swan Lake at the Charter Theatre in Preston.

It promises to be a traditional production but with particular emphasis on the rivalry between the seductive evil Black Swan Odile and the beautiful but vulnerable White Swan Odette, as they compete for the affections of the Prince. Set in Russia at the time when the Mariinsky Ballet was popular with the Tsar and the Russian nobility, Baron Von Rothbart, director of the Russian Ballet schemes to secure Royal patronage through the marriage of his daughter Odile to the Tsar’s son.

Odette is eventually heart-broken which leads to a tragic and dramatic end to this famous ballet.

Enjoy the beautiful dancing of the swans in the Lakeside Scene and the sumptuous contrast of the Tsar’s Palace Gardens in Act 3.

The performances will be on Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

English Youth Ballet’s Professional principal dancers lead the pageantry of a large cast of up to 100 young talented regional dancers in this highly acclaimed company.

Tickets are £19.50, £17.50 and £15.50.