The wonderful Mara Galeazzi is one of the greats dancing with the Covent Garden Dance Company at Hatch House's open-air ballet in July.

Hatch House ballet

Photo: Signe Roderik

A unique ballet experience awaits spectators at Hatch House, near Tisbury, in Wiltshire. Now in its eighth edition, the Covent Garden Dance Company’s Ballet Under the Stars brings a mix of classical and contemporary ballet to the 17th-century Dutch walled garden outside the elegant country house.

Seated under a canopy roof, the audience will be treated to exceptional performances by some of the world’s leading dancers– and will enjoy a beautiful meal with wine at the same time, with performances taking place between courses.

This year’s dancers include Bavarian State Opera Ballet principal Lucia Lacarra – who will interpret Russell Maliphant’s Spiral Twist with her husband, Marlon Dino – and Royal Ballet Guest Principal Mara Galeazzi, who will dance in the premiere of Les Colombes, a moving story of love and loss by the late Terence Brady.

‘Les Colombes is a perfect, dramatic story that has everything an artist would love to perform,’ says Signora Galeazzi.

‘The music Terence chose, by Chopin, just fits perfectly with the story and the dance movement. I can’t wait to perform this work.’

This year’s shows will take place on July 21, 22 and 23. Tickets start at £120 and include a glass of Champagne on arrival and a three-course dinner with wines, with performances between the courses. For further information, visit www.coventgardendance.com.