The Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake: A Photo Gallery

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Swan Lake

Having passed the mark of 1,000+ performances, Sir Anthony Dowell’s production of Swan Lake for the Royal Ballet is reported to be retiring this season, and we wonder who will be tackling Petipa/Ivanov’s huge classic for the company in the near future. We bid farewell to Yolanda Sonnabend’s designs – which celebrate Russia in the 1890s (i.e. at the time of Tchaikovsky) – with these beautiful images by Alice Pennefather, featuring Rupert Pennefather and Roberta Marquez in the leading roles:


All Photos: © Alice Pennefather, courtesy of ROH

Alice’s creative talents lie in image making. After studying photography at Falmouth College of Arts, she spent 6 years travelling and working abroad, focusing on scuba diving and filming underwater. She has recently returned to London and rediscovered her love of everything Ballet. Alice now works as a freelance photographer, and is a regular at the Royal Ballet General Rehearsals – photographing for us here at The Ballet Bag. You can see more of Alice’s work at


  • March 13, 2015


    HI, i absolutely loved this article and the photos or beautiful. AS part of my degree i have written a review of the Royal Ballet’s performance of Swan Lake and would be grateful for and views and feeback….

    Thanks for the inspiration

  • March 10, 2015


    Would be great if they kept Dowell’s text but redesigned the production to update it, but that’s probably not going to be the case…

  • March 10, 2015


    Roberta looks great! So does Rupert! Also wondering what new production the Royal might do. Maybe one by another company, like McKenzie’s version for ABT?