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Press Release: English National Ballet’s 2019 UK Tour

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English National Ballet’s 2019 UK Tour 
Cinderella / Le Corsaire / Nutcracker
17 October – 30 November 2019

Continuing its commitment to UK touring and presenting world-class ballet to the widest possible audience, Autumn 2019 sees English National Ballet present three acclaimed ballets, Cinderella, Le Corsaire, and Nutcracker, on tour in it’s 70th Anniversary Season.  




Following Christopher Wheeldon’s colourful in-the-round restaging of Cinderella for performances at the Royal Albert Hall in June 2019, English National Ballet will bring the proscenium arch version of this whimsical ballet to audiences outside of London at Manchester’s Palace Theatre (17-19 October) and Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre (23-26 October). This inventive production combines magnificent sets and costumes, beautiful choreography, and Prokofiev’s sublime score performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.


Having delighted audiences around the world with tours including Japan, Paris, and Spain, Le Corsaire returns to Milton Keynes Theatre (20-23 November), six years after its 2013 world premiere there. 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.


Continuing its Christmas tradition of presenting a Nutcracker production each year since 1950, English National Ballet’s Nutcracker will tour to the Liverpool Empire (27-30 November). Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score is performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Since its premiere in 2010, this festive family favourite has been seen by over 660,000 people.

As part of its 70th Anniversary Season, English National Ballet will be celebrating and thanking its touring communities. English National Ballet will give away 70 tickets in each of the 4 cities it is touring to. Working with its partner venues, these tickets will be distributed to individuals who are making a positive impact in their community. To thank its audiences and fans, English National Ballet will also give a ‘Golden Ticket’ for a special English National Ballet experience to one audience member per performance throughout the tour. Opportunities will include behind-the-scenes tours, complimentary tickets, and meet and greets.


Alongside performances, English National Ballet will host a range of workshops and events throughout the tour, 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, live drawing and behind-the-scenes talks. For more details, see www.ballet.org.uk/whats-on/events-and-workshops/

Following the tour, Nutcracker (11 December – 5 January) and Le Corsaire (8-14 January) will also be performed at the London Coliseum. 





Palace Theatre, Manchester

Thursday 17 - Saturday 19 October 2019
Box Office: 0844 871 3019 or www.ballet.org.uk/cinderella


Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Wednesday 23 - Saturday 26 October 2019
Box Office: 02380 711811 or www.ballet.org.uk/cinderella


Le Corsaire
Milton Keynes Theatre

Wednesday 20 - Saturday 23 November 2019
Box Office: 0844 871 7652 or www.ballet.org.uk/lecorsaire


Liverpool Empire

Wednesday 27 - Saturday 30 November 2019
Box Office: 0844 871 3017 or www.ballet.org.uk/nutcracker


English National Ballet is a National Portfolio Organisation supported by Arts Council England.



Notes to Editors


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.


About Arts Council England

Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.



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