A LEADING ballet company is returning to the region to perform four classic pieces as part of grand tour.

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia returns to the UK in 2020 as the company’s 18th UK tour and will feature performances of four of the world’s most popular ballets - Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.

Compromising of over 40 dancers and 30 musicians, the company will be coming to the Darlington Hippodrome from January 23 to January 26.

Commenting on the dates, Artistic Director, Sergei Bobrov said, “It is always a pleasure to bring the unique traditions of Russian Ballet to British audiences.

"Touring across the UK with a full company of dancers as well as highly skilled musicians is always exciting.

"For me, it is very special to have the power of a symphony orchestra bringing the choreography to life on stage.”

Shows will be performed by The Russian State Ballet of Siberia and accompanied by The Orchestra of the Russian State Ballet.

The productions merge traditional and digital worlds with an imaginative staging set against an ever-changing colourful backdrop with magical special effects as each storyline unfolds to accompaniment of the orchestra. .

Tickets can be booked through the Darlington Hippodrome box office or by telephone via 01325 405405