Ballet Stories

New versions of five tales on which well-loved ballets have been based.

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LS01Swan Lake2000121120011118

by Elizabeth Buchan.

A midnight encounter by a lake with Odette, a swan-woman, is the first taste of true love for Prince Siegfried.

Read by Sian Phillips

LS01Swan Lake2000121120011118

by Elizabeth Buchan.

A midnight encounter by a lake with Odette, a swan-woman, is the first taste of true love for Prince Siegfried.

Read by Sian Phillips

LS02Coppelia2000121220011125

by Adam Thorpe.

Dr Coppelius, a skilful toy maker, makes a clockwork doll and sits her on his balcony.

So remarkably life-like and pretty is she that one young man actually falls in love with her.

Read by Emily Woof.

LS02Coppelia2000121220011125

by Adam Thorpe.

Dr Coppelius, a skilful toy maker, makes a clockwork doll and sits her on his balcony.

So remarkably life-like and pretty is she that one young man actually falls in love with her.

Read by Emily Woof.

LS03The Firebird2000121320011202

by Bonnie Greer.

Prince Ivan is so entranced by a beautiful bird of fire that he lies in wait in the forest to catch her.

The lovely creature offers her captor a magical feather for ransom.

Read by Anthony Dowell.

LS03The Firebird2000121320011202

by Bonnie Greer.

Prince Ivan is so entranced by a beautiful bird of fire that he lies in wait in the forest to catch her.

The lovely creature offers her captor a magical feather for ransom.

Read by Anthony Dowell.

LS04Giselle2000121420011209

by John Burnside.

In the lonely forest, between midnight and four o'clock in the morning, can be found beautiful, dancing sylphs.

But danger is in the air.

Read by Ronald Pickup

LS04Giselle2000121420011209

by John Burnside.

In the lonely forest, between midnight and four o'clock in the morning, can be found beautiful, dancing sylphs.

But danger is in the air.

Read by Ronald Pickup

LS05 LASTThe Nutcracker2000121520011216

by Berlie Doherty.

At a CHRISTMAS party, Clara is given the unusual gift of a toy nutcracker by her godfather.

In the middle of the night, she finds herself on a magical journey to the kingdom of sweets.

Read by Anna Massey

LS05 LASTThe Nutcracker2000121520011216

by Berlie Doherty.

At a CHRISTMAS party, Clara is given the unusual gift of a toy nutcracker by her godfather.

In the middle of the night, she finds herself on a magical journey to the kingdom of sweets.

Read by Anna Massey