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Where to Watch Ballet in the UK

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Where to Watch Ballet in the UK

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Whether for a romantic evening at the Royal Opera House with a loved one, or a festive family visit to The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall, book you tickets to see a breathtaking ballet performance at one of these spectacular venues in both London and the country now…

Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall

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One of the most coveted concert halls in all of the UK, a visit to the Royal Albert Hall is a spectacle in itself. Though the venue hosts an eclectic array of shows, from pop and carol concerts t0 sporting events such as the Champions Tennis, a ballet performance at the hall cannot go amiss. Watch the Birmingham Royal Ballet perform their mesmerising production of The Nutcracker this Christmas (28 – 31 December 2019) – the ideal festive family outing – or book tickets in advance of the English National Ballet’s Swan Lake which will be performed at the hall next June.

What’s On at the Royal Albert Hall

Birmingham Hippodrome

An eminent theatre located within the heart of England’s second-largest city (and with her Majesty the Queen as patron), the Birmingham Hippodrome hosts a number of awe-inspiring ballet performances, renowned as the home of the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Book tickets to see the leading company’s performance of The Nutcracker, choreographed by Peter Wright, this Christmas, where toy soldiers, snowflakes and sugar plum fairies will delight in the most festive of performances.

Royal Opera House

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Where better to watch ballet than at the Royal Opera House? The prestigious performing arts hub is not only renowned – despite the name – for its extraordinary operatics, but is also home to The Royal Ballet, one of the most reputable ballet institutions in the world. Located amidst the cultural buzz of Covent Garden with a prepossessing palatial exterior, The Opera House itself carries with it a rich and fascinating history, originally built as a playhouse in 1732 and hosting its first ever ballet performance, Pygmalion in 1734. From a traditional rendition of The Sleeping Beauty (19 November 2019 – 16 January 2020) to Ninette de Valois’ endearing Coppélia (28 November 2019 – 7 January 2020), the Royal Opera House has an unrivalled programme of ballet to inspire all ages.

What’s On at The Royal Opera House?

Sadler’s Wells

Ballet Revolucion

Ballet Revolucion | Johan Persson

As a performance space devoted to all things dance, Clerkenwell’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre is the ideal place to indulge in ballet. Whether you’re look for a classic or more contemporary show – try Ballet Revolución (5 – 23 May 2020), a theatrical fusion of Afro-Cuban, ballet and street styles – the theatre hosts a wide variety of enthralling performances all year round. Book the upcoming Spring show Alina Cojocaru, (20 – 23 February 2020), in which the Romanian ballet dancer (notably an English National Ballet principal) will take to the stage with an array of renowned performers – including Danish ballet dancer Johan Kobborg – for an unforgettable show of quintessential and newfangled performances.

York Barbican

Situated within the picturesque northeast city of York, the York Barbican is a great place to visit to see a spectacular ballet performance. Enhance a trip to the ancient Roman city with a cultured visit to one of the venue’s many shows, from the Nutcracker to Swan Lake. Keep an eye out for their 2020 show announcements.

The London Coliseum

London Coliseum

Home of the English National Opera, the London Coliseum, with its beautiful domed ceiling and opulent gold interiors, is a wonderful place to experience ballet in the city. Catch Svetlana Zakharova’s performance of Modanse in tribute to Coco Chanel (3 – 5 December), or Radio & Juliet, a captivating and contemporary ballet set to the music of Radiohead. For more of a classic take on the style, book tickets to see the English National Ballet’s Nutcracker (1 Dec – 5 Jan 2020) or the enthralling Le Corsaire, a ‘high-seas’ adventure accompanied by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

Featured image: Michael Afonso 

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