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PRESS RELEASE: English National Ballet's Winter Season at the London Coliseum

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English National Ballet 
Nutcracker / Swan Lake / Manon

London Coliseum

13 December 2018 – 20 January 2019

This Winter, English National Ballet presents three critically acclaimed productions, Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Manon, at the London Coliseum




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.


Following performances of Swan Lake and Manon on tour in the UK, English National Ballet will present both productions at the London Coliseum in January 2019. 


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. 


The final production of English National Ballet’s Winter Season is Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon. Famous for its dramatic, challenging and expressive choreography, 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.


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/



Notes to Editors

Listings information for 2018 Winter Season:



London Coliseum

Thursday 13 December – Sunday 30 December 2018

Box Office: 020 7845 9300 or www.ballet.org.uk/nutcracker


Swan Lake

London Coliseum

Thursday 03 January – Sunday 13 January 2019

Box Office: 020 7845 9300 or www.ballet.org.uk/swanlake



London Coliseum

Wednesday 16 January – Sunday 20 January 2019

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.

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In some ways I quite like the ENB late casting. Realistically I’m going to see at the most two ballets in any run and with the RB I always book for my favourites, Nunez and Naghdi. At least with the ENB random selection I get to mix it up a bit.

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