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Press Release - English National Ballet - My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty & School - National Tour

Jan McNulty

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English National Ballet and English National Ballet School present
My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty
National Tour
16 April – 9 June 2019

Performance times and ticket prices vary (see below for details)




English National Ballet and English National Ballet School present a new version of the much-loved fairy-tale ballet, Sleeping Beauty, as part of its My First Ballet series created especially for children as young as three. Adapted to an hour in length and with a narrator to help young audiences follow the story, My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty is the perfect introduction to the magic of ballet.


My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty opens at The Peacock, London on 16 April until 27 April 2019 before embarking on a tour to Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe (4 & 5 May), Richmond Theatre, Richmond (18 & 19 May) Manchester Opera House, Manchester (25 & 26 May), New Theatre, Oxford (31 May - 2 June) and Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells (8 & 9 June).


Featuring choreography by Antonio Castilla, English National Ballet’s Ballet Master and Repetiteur, and Dramaturgy by Lou Cope this new version follows the familiar story of Sleeping Beauty, but with a difference. 



The Peacock, London
16 April - 27 April 2019
Box Office: 020 7863 8222
Tickets: £10.00 – £37.00


Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe
4 & 5 May 2019
Box Office: 01494 512 000
Tickets: £13.50 - £28.50


Richmond Theatre, Richmond
18 & 19 May 2019
Box Office: 0844 871 7651
Tickets: £12.00 - £27.00


Manchester Opera House, Manchester
25 & 26 May 2019
Box Office: 0844 871 3018
Tickets: £12.00 - £27.00


New Theatre, Oxford
31 May - 2 June 2019
Box Office: 0844 871 3020
Tickets: £12.00 - £27.00


Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
8 & 9 June 2019
Box Office:
Tickets: £12.75 - £27.75



My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty Symbol Resources 

English National Ballet is delighted to once again be commissioning Widgit to create a range of symbol resources alongside My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty. These resources aim to make ballet more accessible, supporting written text to make the meaning clearer and easier to understand, aiding literacy and learning for all ages and abilities. Available to download online for free (PDF format) and extra activities are printed in programmes at venues throughout the My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty tour. English National Ballet’s My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty symbol resources are designed for use before, during and after performances.


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.


English National Ballet School 

English National Ballet School is a world-renowned specialist training centre for aspiring and highly talented young ballet dancers aged 16 to 19. Founded in 1988 by English National Ballet, today the school exists as a separate entity but maintains strong links with its parent company, sharing its commitment to excellence and access. Its mission is to nurture and develop the next generation of world-class dance artists; artists who are confident and versatile, able to push boundaries and bring their creativity to the fore. Students participate in a three-year programme, validated by Trinity College London, with graduates joining prestigious dance companies worldwide. Currently a third of the dancers at English National Ballet are graduates of the School. The School also offer weekly children’s ballet classes, ENBS Juniors, for 3 – 10 year olds.


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