Love, loss and lots of adventure

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A TRIPLE bill of ballet arrives at the King’s Theatre this week, courtesy of Bulgaria’s premier troupe.

The Sofia National Ballet — formed in 1928 — has been touring the UK since the start of summer (or what passes for it around here), performing three famous stories in the Russian classical 
tradition.

The 90-strong company has a full orchestra in tow, as well as elaborate sets and dazzling costumes for Don Quixote, Giselle and Swan Lake.

The first (for those unfamiliar with that dreamy name) tells the tale of noble old gentleman Don Quixote, whose wild and wonderful dreams of brave knights, beautiful ladies and unyielding chivalry take the audience on an adventurous journey — with more than a dose of Spanish passion.

Next up is Giselle; a tale of love, lies and forgiveness — even in death — with plenty of vengeful spirits and dramatic gestures to satisfy the biggest romantic.

The Sofia National Ballet’s time in Glasgow is rounded off with Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake; perhaps the most famous ballet of all time, telling the story of Odette; a princess doomed to spend her days as a swan thanks to an evil spell.

It’s safe to say that romance is in the air this week — all that’s left to do is grab a ticket, and get right to the heart of it all.

Don Quixote runs tonight (July 11), Giselle tomorrow (both 7.30pm) and Swan Lake on Saturday (2.30 and 7.30pm). Tickets £15-£36 from 0844 871 7648 or www.atgtickets.com/glasgow.