Tamara Karsavina was the first to play the Firebird, replacing Anna Pavlova whom had fallen out with Diaghilev and left the Ballets Russes.
Karsavina and Adolph Bolm in 1911
Leon Bakst designed the costumes.
Anna Pavlova as the Firebird from the Mariinsky Archive.
Lydia Lopokova in the Firebird in 1919
Valentina Blinova as the Firebird with the Ballets Russes in Sydney, 1936
Helene Kirsova, Ballets Russes Sydney 1936
Maria Tallchief in 1946 with New York City Ballet
The Original Production was revived in the 1960s in Moscow by the Bolshoi. Here the Firebird is played by Maya Plisetskaya.
Margot Fonteyn as the Firebird in 1956
Irma Nioradze from The Mariinsky
Leanne Benjamin from The Royal Ballet