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And the press release: English National Ballet Nutcracker / Swan Lake / Manon London Coliseum 13 December 2018 – 20 January 2019 www.ballet.org.uk This Winter, English National Ballet presents three critically acclaimed productions, Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Manon, at the London Coliseum. The company today announces Principal Casting for performances of Nutcracker and Manon, and, an additional performance of Manon. Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet said: “I’m thrilled that we’re able to give our London audiences as many chances as possible to see this wonderful production by putting on an additional performance. It's also a great opportunity for them to experience the remarkable talent shining across the whole Company, who have all really enjoyed bringing Manon to life." English National Ballet presents Manon, and also Swan Lake, at the London Coliseum in January 2019 following performances of both productions on tour in the UK this Autumn. Famous for its dramatic, challenging and expressive choreography, Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon features some of the most demanding and fulfilling roles in ballet. Manon is accompanied by Jules Massenet’s haunting music performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. English National Ballet’s hugely successful production of the timeless classic, Swan Lake, choreographed by Derek Deane with music performed live by the English National Ballet Philharmonic, will bring some of the most iconic scenes in ballet, and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, to London audiences once again. Continuing its Christmas tradition of presenting a Nutcracker production every year since 1950, English National Ballet’s Nutcracker returns this festive season, following sold out performances in 2016 and 2017. 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. Principal Casting Nutcracker (in the order of Clara, Nephew, Nutcracker) Thursday 13 December Rina Kanehara, Jeffrey Cirio, Fernando Carratalá Coloma Friday 14 December (mat) Fernanda Oliveira, James Forbat, Daniel McCormick* Friday 14 December Erina Takahashi, Isaac Hernández, Aitor Arrieta Saturday 15 December (mat) Katja Khaniukova, Ken Saruhashi, Erik Woolhouse Saturday 15 December Shiori Kase, Francesco Gabriele Frola*, Fernando Carratalá Coloma Sunday 16 December (mat) Fernanda Oliveira, James Forbat, Daniel McCormick Tuesday 18 December (mat) Begoña Cao, Aitor Arrieta, Junor Souza Tuesday 18 December Alina Cojocaru, Francesco Gabriele Frola, James Forbat Wednesday 19 December (mat) Katja Khaniukova, Ken Saruhashi, Erik Woolhouse Wednesday 19 December Rina Kanehara, Jeffrey Cirio, Fernando Carratalá Coloma Thursday 20 December (mat) Begoña Cao, Aitor Arrieta, Junor Souza Thursday 20 December Shiori Kase, Francesco Gabriele Frola, Daniel McCormick Friday 21 December (mat) Francesca Velicu, Ken Saruhashi, Erik Woolhouse Friday 21 December Jurgita Dronina, Joseph Caley, Skyler Martin Saturday 22 December (mat) Erina Takahashi, Isaac Hernández, Aitor Arrieta Saturday 22 December Alina Cojocaru, Francesco Gabriele Frola, James Forbat Sunday 23 December (mat) Jurgita Dronina, Joseph Caley, Skyler Martin Wednesday 26 December (5pm) Shiori Kase, Francesco Gabriele Frola, Daniel McCormick Thursday 27 December Erina Takahashi, Isaac Hernández, Aitor Arrieta Friday 28 December Alina Cojocaru, Francesco Gabriele Frola, James Forbat Saturday 29 December (mat) Rina Kanehara, Jeffrey Cirio, Fernando Carratalá Coloma Saturday 29 December Jurgita Dronina, Joseph Caley, Skyler Martin Sunday 30 December (mat) Francesca Velicu, Ken Saruhashi, Erik Woolhouse Manon (in the order of Manon and Des Grieux) Wednesday 16 January Alina Cojocaru and Joseph Caley Thursday 17 January (mat) Jurgita Dronina and Isaac Hernández Thursday 17 January Begoña Cao and Aitor Arrieta Friday 18 January (mat) Emma Hawes and Rupert Pennefather Friday 18 January Erina Takahashi and Jeffrey Cirio Saturday 19 January (mat) Alison McWhinney and Francesco Gabriele Frola Saturday 19 January Jurgita Dronina and Isaac Hernández Sunday 20 January (mat) Alina Cojocaru and Joseph Caley *Debut in role Casting for Swan Lake to be announced in due course. Casting is subject to change. Please see www.ballet.org.uk for up-to-date casting. ENDS For further information about English National Ballet and to book tickets visit www.ballet.org.uk. Please note performance details are subject to change. Notes to Editors Alongside performances, English National Ballet will host a range of workshops and events throughout the Winter, aimed to provide a gateway into the world of ballet. Activities include on-stage workshops for all ages, Live Drawing, Family Events, and behind-the-scenes talks. For more details, see www.ballet.org.uk/whats-on/ Listings information for 2018 Winter Season: Nutcracker London Coliseum Thursday 13 December – Sunday 30 December 2018 Press night: Thursday 13 December, 7.30pm Box Office: 020 7845 9300 or www.ballet.org.uk/nutcracker Swan Lake London Coliseum Thursday 03 January – Sunday 13 January 2019 Press night: Thursday 03 January, 7.30pm Box Office: 020 7845 9300 or www.ballet.org.uk/swanlake Manon London Coliseum Wednesday 16 January – Sunday 20 January 2019 Press night: Wednesday 16 January, 7.30pm Box Office: 020 7845 9300 or www.ballet.org.uk/manon About English National Ballet English National Ballet has a long and distinguished history. Founded in 1950 as London Festival Ballet by the great English Dancers Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin, it has played a major role in the growth and history of ballet in the UK. Today, English National Ballet is renowned for taking world-class ballet to the widest possible audience through its national and international tour programme, offsite performances at festivals including Glastonbury and Latitude, its distinguished orchestra English National Ballet Philharmonic, and being a UK leader in creative learning and engagement practice and delivery, building innovative partnerships to deliver flagship programmes such as English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s. Under the artistic directorship of Tamara Rojo, English National Ballet has gained new acclaim as it introduces innovative new works to the Company’s repertoire while continuing to honour and reinvigorate traditional ballet.