NEWS: Scottish Ballet announce 2018 Season

Scottish Ballet have announced a season of  familiar favourites and new adventures.

Christopher Hampson, CEO/Artistic Director, Scottish Ballet comments: 

“We are thrilled to announce our exciting plans for the 2018 season, which includes taking a full scale production – Matthew Bourne’s  Highland Fling – to the Scottish Islands for the first time, and the company debuting in Macau, performing Hansel and Gretel as part of our Asian tour. In the summer we will work with YDance on a major intergenerational dance event as part of the Euro Champs festival and the Year of Young People, and in winter our classic Cinderella will return due to popular demand.”

Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling Dances its way to the Scottish Islands

Scottish Ballet dancers and touring team will be taking Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling across Shetland, Orkney and Lewis throughout April and May 2018.

This is the first time Scottish Ballet has toured a full-scale production to such remote locations and ensures performances of this production can be enjoyed by local communities across Scotland.

Affectionately known as a romantic wee ballet, Highland Fling was originally produced in 1994 by Olivier Award-winner Matthew Bourne.  Presented exclusively by Scottish Ballet, Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling is a wonderfully imaginative re-working of the classic romantic ballet La Sylphide with a wickedly wry Scots twist and hilarity mixed with classical ballet.  In addition, Scottish Ballet is the only company to be given the rights to recreate any of Matthew Bourne’s ground-breaking and contemporary works.

Scottish Ballet Flying High With Loganair

Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling Tour Dates:

  • Theatre Royal, Glasgow 4-7 April 2018


  • Festival Theatre, Edinburgh 10-14 April 2018


  • Clickimin Main Hall, Lerwick 21-22 April 2018


  • Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall 25 – 26 April 2018


  • Atlantis Leisure, Oban 29-30 April 2018


  • Lewis Sports Centre, Stornoway 3-4 May 2018

Running time: The performance lasts approximates 1 hour 35 min, including one 20 minute interval.  Due to scenes of an adult nature, age recommendation: 14yrs+

International Asian Tour – Christopher Hampson’s Hansel & Gretel debuts in Macao

This will be the first time Christopher Hampson’s Hansel & Gretel has been performed by Scottish Ballet outside of the UK and the company is delighted to make its debut in Macau.

Inspired by the Grimm Brother’s famous fairy tale, in a small town, all the children have disappeared. Plucky Hansel and Gretel embark on an exciting adventure, traveling deep into the enchanted forest to find their friends.  A carousel of delicious treats from start to finish, Hansel & Gretel is full to the brim with magic and wit, with toys that come to life and a beautiful, bewitching ballerina who is not at all what she seems.

Scottish Ballet participates in Glasgow 2018 Euro Champs

Scottish Ballet is proud to be part of this intergenerational dance festival that will be delivered with YDance and will involve community dancers aged from 15 years and above.  Both Scottish Ballet’s Youth Exchange and Elders will be involved alongside National Youth Dance Scotland.

Scottish Ballet will also be working closely with community dancers drawn from partnering Local Authority areas and will showcase the best in intergenerational community dance.  It will take place in Glasgow during Championships in this time and will be funded by Glasgow 2018 European Championships Festival Fund 2018

Winter Season 2018/2019

Christopher Hampson’s classic Cinderella returns by popular demand

Christopher Hampson’s Cinderella returns once more as part of our Winter Season 2018/2019.  When Cinderella’s father remarries, bringing a wicked stepmother and two nasty stepsisters, her future seems bleaker than ever. Yet, while the course of true love never did run smooth, romance blossoms when she finally meets her prince.

Originally created for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Christopher Hampson will present this timeless, rags-to-riches romance. Luxurious costumes and extravagant sets create a glittering fantasy world in this ravishing interpretation of Cinderella.  The Scottish Ballet Orchestra accompanies live, performing the world famous Prokofiev score.