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English National Ballet’s Christmas at the Coliseum 
Nutcracker / Le Corsaire / 70th Anniversary Gala
11 December 2019 – 18 January 2020
London 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. 


Tamara Rojo CBE, English National Ballet’s Artistic Director said: Le Corsaire is a spectacular ballet that gives us another opportunity to showcase the extraordinary talent that is present throughout the entire Company right now. There is a physical power and brilliant dramatic presence in this generation of dancers, and I am looking forward to seeing them take on these roles which I think they will relish and have such fun with, and I think audiences will too.”


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). 




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


Notes to Editors



London Coliseum
Wednesday 11 December 2019 - Sunday 5 January 2020
Box Office: 020 7845 9300 or www.ballet.org.uk/nutcracker


Le Corsaire
London Coliseum
Wednesday 8 - Tuesday 14 January 2020
Box Office: 020 7845 9300 or www.ballet.org.uk/lecorsaire


English National Ballet’s 70th Anniversary Gala
London Coliseum
Friday 17 - Saturday 18 January 2020
Box Office: 020 7845 9300 or www.ballet.org.uk/70th-anniversary-gala


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. www.artscouncil.org.uk

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