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PRESS RELEASE: Principal Casting for English National Ballet's Nutcracker

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English National Ballet
Nutcracker
National Tour

27 November – 5 January 2020
Liverpool Empire and London Coliseum 

www.ballet.org.uk/nutcracker

 

As part of its 70th Anniversary Season English National Ballet is continuing its Christmas tradition of presenting a Nutcracker production each year since 1950. English National Ballet's Nutcracker returns this festive season with performances at the Liverpool Empire Theatre (27-30 November) and the London Coliseum (11 December-5 January)

 

Principal casting for the performances is announced today and sees three debuts in the roles of Clara and Nephew. Guest artist Brooklyn Mack will debut in the role of Nephew for ENB partnered with Principal Shiori Kase, First Soloist Emma Hawes will debut in the role of Clara alongside First Soloist Aitor Arrieta and Daniel McCormickdebuts as Nephew and will be dancing with Soloist Rina Kanehara. 

 

Other pairings in the roles of Clara and Nephew respectively are; Lead Principals Alina Cojocaru and Isaac Hernández, Lead Principals Joseph Caley and Jeffrey Cirio are both partnered with First Soloist Katja Khaniukova, Lead Principal Erina Takahashi will perform with Principal Francesco Gabriele Frola, Lead Principal Fernanda Oliveira and First Soloist James Forbat and First Artist Francesca Velicu with First Soloist Ken Saruhashi. 

 

Also announced today are those dancing the role of Nutcracker which sees debuts for Artist of the Company Matthew Astley and First Artist Henry Dowden. Returning to the role of Nutcracker this season are; First Soloists Aitor Arrieta, James Format and Junor Souza, Soloist Skyler Martin, First Artists Daniel McCormick and Erik Woolhouse and Artist of the Company Fernando Carratalá Coloma.

 

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.

 

To coincide with Nutcracker, English National Ballet will host a range of workshops and events, aimed to provide a gateway into the world of ballet. Activities include on-stage workshops for all ages including adult and youth ballet workshops, arts and craft family workshops and behind-the-scenes talks. The Family Friendly performance ofNutcracker is on Sunday 5 January. Children under 5 may attend this performance and up to two children under 16 can go free with each full paying adult. For more details, see www.ballet.org.uk/whats-on

 

Nutcracker Principal Casting:

In the order of Clara, Nephew and Nutcracker

 

Liverpool

Wednesday 27 November
Shiori Kase, Brooklyn Mack*+, Junor Souza

Thursday 28 November (mat)
Emma Hawes*, Aitor Arrieta, Fernando Carratalá Coloma

Thursday 28 November
Rina Kanehara, Daniel McCormick*, Erik Woolhouse

Friday 29 November
Emma Hawes, Aitor Arrieta, Fernando Carratalá Coloma

Saturday 30 November (mat)
Francesca Velicu, Ken Saruhashi, Matthew Astley

Saturday 30 November
Shiori Kase, Brooklyn Mack, Junor Souza

 

London

Wednesday 11 December
Erina Takahashi, Francesco Gabriele Frola, Skyler Martin

Thursday 12 December
Katja Khaniukova, Jeffrey Cirio, Daniel McCormick

Friday 13 December
Shiori Kase, Brooklyn Mack, Junor Souza

Saturday 14 December (mat)
Fernanda Oliveira, James Forbat, Henry Dowden

Saturday 14 December
Katja Khaniukova, Joseph Caley, Aitor Arrieta

Sunday 15 December (mat)
Erina Takahashi, Francesco Gabriele Frola, Skyler Martin

Tuesday 17 December (mat)
Rina Kanehara, Daniel McCormick, Erik Woolhouse

Tuesday 17 December
Katja Khaniukova, Joseph Caley, Aitor Arrieta

Wednesday 18 December (mat)
Fernanda Oliveira, James Forbat, Henry Dowden

Wednesday 18 December
Erina Takahashi, Francesco Gabriele Frola, Skyler Martin

Thursday 19 December (mat)
Emma Hawes, Aitor Arrieta, Fernando Carratalá Coloma

Thursday 19 December
Katja Khaniukova, Jeffrey Cirio, Daniel McCormick

Friday 20 December (mat)
Francesca Velicu, Ken Saruhashi, Matthew Astley

Friday 20 December
Shiori Kase, Brooklyn Mack, Junor Souza

Saturday 21 December (mat)
Erina Takahashi, Francesco Gabriele Frola, Skyler Martin

Saturday 21 December
Rina Kanehara, Daniel McCormick, Erik Woolhouse

Sunday 22 December (mat)
Alina Cojocaru, Isaac Hernández, James Forbat

Tuesday 24 December (mat)
Alina Cojocaru, Isaac Hernández, James Forbat

Thursday 26 December
Emma Hawes, Aitor Arrieta, Fernando Carratalá Coloma

Friday 27 December (mat)
Katja Khaniukova, Jeffrey Cirio, Daniel McCormick

Friday 27 December
Fernanda Oliveira, James Forbat, Henry Dowden

Saturday 28 December (mat)
Francesca Velicu, Ken Saruhashi, Matthew Astley

Saturday 28 December
Alina Cojocaru, Isaac Hernández, James Forbat

Sunday 29 December (mat)
Shiori Kase, Brooklyn Mack, Junor Souza

Monday 30 December (mat)
Rina Kanehara, Daniel McCormick, Erik Woolhouse

Monday 30 December
Katja Khaniukova, Joseph Caley, Aitor Arrieta

Tuesday 31 December (mat)
Erina Takahashi, Francesco Gabriele Frola, Skyler Martin

Thursday 2 January
Katja Khaniukova, Jeffrey Cirio, Daniel McCormick

Friday 3 January (mat)
Alina Cojocaru, Isaac Hernández, James Forbat

Saturday 4 January (mat)
Francesca Velicu, Ken Saruhashi, Matthew Astley

Saturday 4 January
Erina Takahashi, Francesco Gabriele Frola, Skyler Martin

Sunday 5 January (mat)
Fernanda Oliveira, James Forbat, Henry Dowden

 

*Debut in the role with English National Ballet 

+Guest Artist 

Please note, casting is subject to change. Please see www.ballet.org.uk for up to date casting.

-ENDS- 

 

Listings:

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

 

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

 

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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after Cesar Corrales and Vadim Muntagirov, Tamara Rojo is preparing the talented Daniel McCormick for the Royal Ballet :)

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No lead principals and only 1 principal - Shiori Kase appearing in Liverpool. Are they all preparing for London?!

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More likely rehearsing for Le Corsaire, I should think?  Although, looking at the casting, I can't see much in the way of reasons to be disappointed.

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