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World class ice skaters take Swan Lake to new heights

19 October, 2011

Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and Tony Mercer in association with the Royal Albert Hall present:


Following their acclaimed performance of Cinderella on Ice in 2010, international ice dance sensation, THE IMPERIAL ICE STARS, are set to make a triumphant return to the ROYAL ALBERT HALL from FRIDAY 18 until SUNDAY 20 MAY 2012 with a dynamic new staging of their award-winning masterpiece SWAN LAKE ON ICE.

Presented by The Imperial Ice Stars and the Royal Albert Hall, this never-seen-before performance of SWAN LAKE ON ICE has been specially redesigned for this magnificent London venue, and will feature spectacular world-class skating, innovative staging, sumptuous costumes, and magical special effects.

The 26 World, European and National Championship skaters, who between them hold more than 250 competition medals, take contemporary ice dance to a new level with their daring and graceful feats – some of which are so complex they haven’t yet been named!

Internationally-renowned ice choreographer Tony Mercer combines daring high-speed leaps, throws and lifts with the most graceful and sublime ice dancing, performed on a specially created frozen stage. With Tchaikovsky’s glorious and memorable music performed by a live orchestra, this innovative portrayal of the classic love story will take your breath away.

Over the last eight years, The Imperial Ice Stars have built up a worldwide following and garnered international critical acclaim for their sophisticated interpretations of classic works, performing to almost three million people across five continents, at some of the world’s most prestigious venues.

Their world tours have earned them an unrivalled reputation for pushing the boundaries in the genre of ice dance with their skill and athleticism on the ice, their creative and powerful story-telling, their sumptuous sets, spectacular special effects and opulent costumes.

This will be only the fourth time that the arena floor of the Royal Albert Hall has been transformed into an ice rink in the history of the 140 year old venue, and the 400 sq m rink for SWAN LAKE ON ICE will be one of the most impressive yet.

Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Albert Hall, Jasper Hope, says: “It’s a pleasure to welcome The Imperial Ice Stars back with this brilliant new production.  Freezing 14,000 litres of water inside the Hall is a technical challenge to say the least but this transformation of the world’s most famous stage is going to look spectacular.”

Whether you’ve seen The Imperial Ice Stars SWAN LAKE ON ICE before or have yet to experience the thrill of world-class ice skating in an intimate setting, this adrenaline-rich interpretation of one of the most popular ballets will have you on the very edge of your seat.


For further press information, images and interview requests please contact Marika Player at Target Live: / 0203 372 0960 /

Further information about The Imperial Ice Stars can be found at: 

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Friday 18 May – Sunday 20 May 2012
Friday @ 7.30pm, Saturday 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 2.00pm & 6.00pm
Tickets: £17.50 - £60 (booking fees apply)
Box Office: 020 7589 8212
Fine dining packages and group rates for 10+ are available for certain performances. Please call the Box Office for details

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