Royal Ballet Summer Season Swan Lake Casting !! in Royal Ballet Posted June 1, 2018 · Edited June 1, 2018 by Ashton Fan Swan Lake cast changes at Bow Street. It has been known for some time that Willian Bracewell will replace McRae at all performances. McRae has been out through injury for much of the season.I saw what is now the Bracewell, Takada cast last night. Bracewell was pretty impressive at what was only his second performance as Siegfried. On last night's showing he has good technique, is a secure unobtrusive partner and does not waste a minute of his time on stage. He actively responds to what he is being told in the mime passages and even makes what can seem merely to be "arm and hand gestures I have been taught" into gestures which have meaning in the context of the narrative. I have seen him in smaller roles but not in anything so long,exposed and demanding in terms of stamina and technique . I fear yet another name to add to the list of dancers whose performances have to be booked, if at all possible. The new information concerns Cuthbertson who is also now out through injury. She was replaced by Takada at what should have been her first performance in the run. It is now clear that she is out for the entire run of Swan Lake at Covent Garden. She is replaced on Saturday 2nd and Friday 8th June by Lamb. She is replaced by Naghdi on the evening of Monday 18th June.