The Australian Ballet


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The heroic story of a slave who leads a rebellion against tyranny, and his passionate love for his wife.

  • Melbourne | Sydney


  • Duration

    155 mins / 2 Intervals

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Photography by Justin Ridler

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In 2018, one of The Australian Ballet’s most popular works springs to new life. Spartacus tells the story of a gladiator who led a slaves’ rebellion against the Roman empire. Charting the journey of a man finding passionate love, his mission and freedom, the ballet showcases the company’s men at their spirited and athletic best.

Lucas Jervies is a choreographer, a NIDA-trained director and a former dancer of The Australian Ballet: Spartacus is his passion project. His brand new production will feature the soaring music of Aram Khachaturian; sets and costumes by Jérôme Kaplan, who created the inventive designs for Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella; and our male dancers in their most powerful moment as the slaves who rise against the tyranny of their rulers.

Think ballet is all pointe shoes and tutus? Think again.

A new Australian gladiator is in the ring.

Her­ald Sun

Watch the trailer

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Production credits


Choreography Lucas Jervies
Music Aram Khachaturian
Costume and set design Jérôme Kaplan
Lighting design Benjamin Cisterne
Dramaturge Imara Savage
Fight Director Nigel Poulton

We celebrate the many philanthropists who are making this production possible, with special thanks to:

Mr Kenneth R Reed AM, SPARTACUS
McCusker Charitable Foundation, FLAVIA
Friends of The Australian Ballet (NSW) Ltd, CRASSUS
Mrs Roslyn Packer AC, TERTULLA
The Australian Ballet Society, BATIATUS

The Dame Margaret Scott Fund for Choreographers supports Lucas Jervies

Universal in its themes, Spartacus is a classic story of an underdog who fights back against all odds. The passionate love between Spartacus and his wife Flavia anchors an urgent rebellion against the Roman Empire and Crassus, a Roman general.

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Artists of The Australian Ballet. Photography by Branco Gaica

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The first version of Spartacus seen on Australian stages was choreographed by László Seregi. It was premiered by The Australian Ballet in 1978 and toured New York, Washington DC and Costa Mesa.

"​May the telling of this story remind us that we all bear the responsibility to treat each other with humanity." David McAl­lis­ter AM, Artis­tic Director