English National Ballet’s Christmas at the Coliseum

This Winter at the London Coliseum, English National Ballet presents Nutcracker (11 December – 05 January) and Le Corsaire (8-14 January) alongside three special gala performances celebrating English National Ballet’s 70th Anniversary (17-18 January).


Continuing its Christmas tradition of presenting a Nutcracker production each year since 1950, English National Ballet’s Nutcracker returns this festive season. Over 100 dancers and musicians bring to life the popular Tchaikovsky score featuring the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Waltz of the Flowers, performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Since its premiere in 2010, this festive family favourite has been seen by over 660,000 people, and continues to attract new audiences, with 70% of 2018’s audience members first time attenders at the London Coliseum. 

Autumn 2019 also sees Le Corsaire return to the UK six years after its premiere in 2013, having delighted audiences around the world with tours including Japan, Singapore, Paris and Spain. The only UK company to perform the complete work, English National Ballet’s production was staged by Anna-Marie Holmes and features sets by Hollywood designer, Bob Ringwood, and a sweeping score performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.


English National Ballet will be rehearsing these productions in their state-of-the-art new home on London City Island, which the Company moved to in August 2019. 


Alongside performances, English National Ballet will host a range of workshops and events throughout the Coliseum season aimed to provide a gateway into the world of ballet and the productions the Company is touring this season. Activities include dance workshops for all ages and live drawing. For more details, see www.ballet.org.uk/whats-on/events-and-workshops/


The gala performances in January 2020 will celebrate the countless dancers, choreographers, artists, musicians, artisans, technicians and audience members who, over the Company’s 70 years, have been a part of the English National Ballet family. The Company and English National Ballet School will come together for this milestone celebration which sees a programme of some of the most important and ground-breaking works that make up English National Ballet’s diverse repertoire. As previously announced, repertoire and further information about the gala performances can be found at www.ballet.org.uk/production/70th-anniversary-gala/


Ahead of performances in London, Nutcracker and Le Corsaire are on tour in the UK this Autumn. Nutcracker will be presented at the Liverpool Empire (27-30 November), whilst Le Corsaire is performed at Milton Keynes Theatre (20-23 November).


For further information visit www.ballet.org.uk 


Image courtesy of ENB

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