Russian State Ballet of Siberia cancels remaining UK tour amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia cancelled its remaining UK tour dates in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine.

Promoter Raymond Gubbay Ltd said the tour would not continue “due to the current shocking circumstances unfolding in Ukraine”.

Theatres in Bristol, Wolverhampton, Northampton, Edinburgh, Bournemouth, Southend and Peterborough had already cancelled visits by the ballet company.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries welcomed the announcement.

“I am glad to see that performances from the Russian State Ballet of Siberia have been cancelled in venues across the country,” she said.

“Representatives of the Russian state cannot continue to perform in the UK and I fully support venues that are standing by the people of Ukraine.”

Raymond Gubbay Ltd said it had “been liaising with both government and venues throughout the weekend as to our shared sentiment”.

It added that it hoped “for a swift return to peace and stability in the region”.

The current tour kicked off in December and had already visited towns and cities including Manchester, Sheffield, Blackpool, Hull, Nottingham and Liverpool.

Other dates now scuppered include those in Leicester, Basingstoke and High Wycombe. The tour had been due to end in Bristol on 25 March.

Raymond Gubbay Ltd said it would contact ticket holders.

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia, led by artistic director Sergei Bobrov and music director Anatoly Tchepurnoi, is one of Russia’s leading ballet companies.

Founded in 1978, it has toured the country several times since its UK debut 20 years ago.