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The Moorish general Otello has been appointed Governor of Cyprus and married the beautiful young Venetian, Desdemona. But their happiness is threatened when Otello's ensign Iago begins to hint that Desdemona has been unfaithful.
The Mariinsky Ballet's acclaimed staging of Tolstoy's epic novel Anna Karenina receives its British premiere. Choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky to Rodion Shchedrin's powerful score, the ballet's extraordinary heroine breaks all moral and social conventions with devastating consequences.
Anthony Dowell's romantic interpretation returns the ballet to its 1895 origins by using the choreography of Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa. Dramatic costumes emphasize the contrast between human and spirit worlds, while glowing lanterns, shimmering fabrics and designs inspired by the work of Carl Fabergé create a magical setting.