Performance dates & times

Friday 25 Feb
7:30 PM
Saturday 26 Feb
1:30 PM, 7:30 PM
Monday 28 Feb
6:30 PM
Tuesday 1 Mar
7:30 PM
Wednesday 2 Mar
1:30 PM, 7:30 PM
Thursday 3 Mar
7:30 PM
Friday 4 Mar
7:30 PM
Saturday 5 Mar
1:30 PM, 7:30 PM
Monday 7 Mar
7:30 PM
Tuesday 8 Mar
7:30 PM
Wednesday 9 Mar
7:30 PM

Running Time 2 hours, including interval

Price range

$50.00 – $292.00
$46.00 – $242.00
$48.00 – $279.00
Under 30
$46.00 – $242.00
$38.00 – $166.00

Dynamic pricing applies to this event. Ticket prices may be dynamically adjusted, either up or down, based on real-time market demand and without notice.

Cinematic staging, elegant costumes and Yuri Possokhov’s powerful choreography illuminate the tragedy of Anna Karenina, whose desire brings about her ruin.

When Anna meets Vronsky, a handsome young officer, the instant connection between them flames into an affair – with disastrous consequences. Anna leaves her conservative husband and relinquishes her son to be with her lover, but her bliss is fleeting, and when Vronsky’s passion cools she takes desperate action.

Possokhov, formerly a principal dancer with Bolshoi Ballet and San Francisco Ballet and now a major international choreographer, does full justice to Tolstoy’s novel, distilling its central romances and conflicts into a fast-moving, immersive narrative. The celebrated theatre designer Tom Pye captures the opulence of Anna’s world with a modern twist, through vividly coloured costumes and a sparse, contemporary set that conjures ballrooms, boudoirs and the fateful railway station. Finn Ross’ projections (including real-time footage of the dancers) add substance and atmosphere.

A specially commissioned orchestral score by award-winning composer Ilya Demutsky, who has worked with Possokhov on five previous occasions, captures the torment and raptures of its characters and includes a mezzo-soprano singing live on stage.

After standing ovations and critical acclaim in its debut season, Anna Karenina is set to sweep you away.


Your safety and wellbeing

You will be required to provide vaccination status proof at the point of entry. Face masks are required indoors for people aged 8 years and over. Our venues are operating at their maximum allowable capacity so you may be seated next to other patrons. Read more about our COVIDSafe measures

Book with confidence

For tickets booked through Arts Centre Melbourne, if a performance is cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19, you can receive a full refund. Tickets can also be exchanged for another performance date, subject to availability.



Yuri Possokhov
Ilya Demutsky
Valeriy Pecheykin
Based on the novel by
Leo Tolstoy
Costume and set design
Tom Pye
Lighting design
David Finn
Projection design
Finn Ross
Anna Karenina is a co-production of Joffrey Ballet and The Australian Ballet.
With Orchestra Victoria.

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