Seven British theatres have cancelled the performing acts all around the country: Bristol, Wolverhampton, Northampton, Edinburgh, Bournemouth, Southend and Peterborough.
With nine remaining shows, the Russian Ballet of Siberia has been performing in the UK for over twenty years. Nadine Dorries, the culture secretary, urged the remaining venues to cancel the events in sympathy for Ukraine. “We can’t allow representatives of the Russian state to continue performing”, she wrote on Twitter.
Formed in 1981, the Russian State Ballet of Siberia has quickly established itself as one of the best Russian ballet companies, creating an international reputation and bringing the Russian ballet around the world. The company has been awarded numerous International acknowledgements such as The Golden Ticket, the Most Grandioso Performance of the Year and The Best Ballet Company of the Year.
The current tour already visited cities including Sheffield, Manchester, Blackpool, Hull, Liverpool and Nottingham, performing classics such as The Nutcracker and the Swan Lake. The original end date for the tour was the 25th of March in Bristol.
The cancellation of the Russian Ballet is only one of the main artistic performances that are being cancelled in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Darlington Hippodrome stated it will not host any productions of Carmen and Aida anymore, that were originally scheduled for next week. Coventry's Belgrade has also cancelled every Russian show in addition to the Russian Ballet show scheduled for November.
Amande Concerts, which runs the Russian State Opera, tried to defend the show explaining that the show is not Russian and that the name is just used as a "brand name" and that the origin of the company is British.
“We understand the potential for confusion this name causes, but there is no link between Amande Concerts to the Russian ‘state’ as a political entity.” They stated.