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PRESS RELEASES: Principal Casting for English National Ballet's Nutcracker and Le Corsaire

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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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English National Ballet 
Le Corsaire
Milton Keynes Theatre 
Wednesday 20 – Saturday 23 November 2019 
Tickets: ballet.org.uk/le-corsaire

 

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.

 

Principal casting sees Lead Principal Erina Takahashi, Lead Principal Fernanda Oliveira, Principal Shiori Kase and First Soloist Katja Khaniukova performing the role of Medora and Lead Principal Joseph Caley, Lead Principal Jeffrey Cirio, Principal Francesco Gabriele Frola and Guest Artist Brooklyn Mack as Conrad. This will be a debut with English National Ballet in the role of Conrad for Frola, Caley and Cirio. 

 

Also announced today are those who are dancing the roles of Ali, Birbanto, Gulnare, and Lankendem. Debuts with English National Ballet include Lead Principal Jeffrey Cirio and First Artist Erik Woolhouse in the role of Ali, Principal Francesco Gabriele Frola and First Artist Henry Dowden in the role of Birbanto, First Soloist Emma Hawes and First Artist Julia Conway as Gulnare and First Soloist Aitor Arrieta as Lankendem.

 

Le Corsaire Principal Casting:

In the order of Medora, Conrad, Gulnare, Lankendem, Ali and Birbanto

 

Wednesday 20 November 

Erina Takahashi, Francesco Gabriele Frola*, Shiori Kase, Brooklyn Mack+, Jeffrey Cirio* and Erik Woolhouse

 

Thursday 21 November (mat)

Fernanda Oliveira, Joseph Caley*, Emma Hawes*, Junor Souza, Ken Saruhashi and Henry Dowden*

 

Thursday 21 November

Shiori Kase, Brooklyn Mack, Julia Conway*, Aitor Arrieta*, Daniel McCormick* and Erik Woolhouse

 

Friday 22 November

Katja Khaniukova, Jeffrey Cirio*, Emma Hawes, Junor Souza, Erik Woolhouse* and Francesco Gabriele Frola*

 

Saturday 23 November (mat)

Shiori Kase, Brooklyn Mack, Julia Conway, Aitor Arrieta, Daniel McCormick and Henry Dowden

 

Saturday 23 November

Erina Takahashi, Francesco Gabriele Frola, Katja Khaniukova, Ken Saruhashi, Jeffrey Cirio and Erik Woolhouse

 

*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:

Le Corsaire
Milton Keynes Theatre
Wednesday 20 - Saturday 23 November 2019
Box Office: 0844 871 7652 or 
www.ballet.org.uk/le-corsaire

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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I got all excited thinking they'd announced Corsaire casting for the Coliseum :( 

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8 hours ago, alison said:

I got all excited thinking they'd announced Corsaire casting for the Coliseum :( 

 

Sorry Alison!  I'm sorry  I can't. get to MK this week.

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All the Le Corsaire casts are terrific (I have seen some rehearsals) and the trip out from London to Milton Keynes is not that tortuous and certainly achievable on any one evening.

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Not a Press Release but what we've been waiting for. An embarrassment of riches and there aresome very tempting ticket offers around at the moment(see usual thread).

 

Le Corsaire Principal Casting:

 

In the order of Medora, Conrad, Gulnare, Lankenden, Ali and Birbanto

 

Wednesday 8 January

Alina Cojocaru, Isaac Hernández, Shiori Kase, Brooklyn Mack+, Jeffrey Cirio, Erik Woolhouse

 

Thursday 9 January (mat)

Fernanda Oliveira, Joseph Caley, Julia Conway, Aitor Arrieta, Ken Saruhashi, Miguel Angel Maidana*

 

Thursday 9 January

Erina Takahashi, Francesco Gabriele Frola, Emma Hawes, Junor Souza, Daniel McCormick, Henry Dowden

 

Friday 10 January

Shiori Kase, Brooklyn Mack+, Katja Khaniukova, Ken Saruhashi, Erik Woolhouse, Fernando Bufalá

 

Saturday 11 January (mat)

Alina Cojocaru, Isaac Hernández, Shiori Kase, Brooklyn Mack+, Jeffrey Cirio, Erik Woolhouse

 

Saturday 11 January

Erina Takahashi, Francesco Gabriele Frola, Emma Hawes, Junor Souza, Daniel McCormick and Henry Dowden

 

Monday 13 January

Katja Khaniukova, Jeffrey Cirio, Rina Kanehara, Junor Souza, Daniel McCormick, Francesco Gabriele Frola

 

Tuesday 14 January (mat)

Shiori Kase, Brooklyn Mack+, Katja Khaniukova, Ken Saruhashi, Erik Woolhouse, Fernando Bufalá

 

Tuesday 14 January

Fernanda Oliveira, Joseph Caley, Julia Conway, Aitor Arrieta, Ken Saruhashi, Miguel Angel Maidana*

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Great cast for the 11th matinee to which I have tickets really pleased 😊

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 Yes, I already had the opening night, which is the same cast, have now also booked for the Erina Takahashi cast!

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The cast I most want to see are doing the best slot for me, the Saturday evening. Unfortunately Saturday is the only day that isn't currently included in any of the offers! So I'm now dithering over whether to cough up full price or wait & see if any offers appear that include the Saturday...

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There's only 1 date I can do so I had booked one of the offers blind. I had hoped for Brooklyn Mack and Shiori Kase but sadly not. Still delighted I have Erina Takahashi and Francesco Frola. I liked him in Cinderella. This will be so much fun.

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Booked just now with a Cyber Monday (whatever that is!) offer. Very excited about seeing Brooklyn Mack

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We hear a bit less about Rina Kanehara those days...

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30 minutes ago, MAX said:

We hear a bit less about Rina Kanehara those days...

Rina Kanehara has been off for a while but is due back this month in "Nutcracker".

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