Coppélia Schools Information

Coppélia is a comic ballet originally based on two stories named ‘The Sandman’ and ‘The Doll’ by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann. It is an enchanting tale of Dr Coppélius, the toymaker who has created the lifelike Coppélia doll. He wishes for nothing more than to bring her to life.

In the small villiage of Galicia, the beautiful Coppélia doll causes confusion and jealousies between the young couple Franz and Swanhilda; their relationship is tested on the eve of their Wedding day at the Harvest Festival.

Information below offers further detail on the themes and cross-curricular links that English National Ballet’s production of Coppélia offers. Our tailored workshops for different key stages offer opportunities to thread stories and characters from the ballet into other curriculum areas, allowing students a deeper understanding of the work.


Our energetic Coppélia workshops take students on a journey exploring the enchanting world of Dr Coppélius, the mysterious goings-on inside his toy shop and the issues of jealousy, anger and the allure of beauty.

With excellent cross-curricular links to Humanities this fun practical dance session provides an alternative way to consider modern day issues relevant to student life. All workshops introduce basic ballet principles, whilst promoting team work and building creativity.

Themes from Coppélia:

  • Myths and legends
  • Woodwork and carpentry – designing and making wooden toys
  • Seasonal festivals (Harvest)
  • Crops and farming
  • Traditional and Folk dance
  • Tales of beauty and deception – this links to similar stories of the era such as Sleeping Beauty and Snow White
  • The stereotypical sinister, magician – The sinister Dr Coppélius is a similar character to the mysterious magician Dr Drosselmeyre in Nutcracker

Schools’ performances and special ticket deal 

All Schools’ Link Workshop bookers will receive 11 free tickets (10 students and 1 teacher) for an English National Ballet matinee performance. This will be arranged with you at the time of booking. If you would like more than 11 tickets for the performance, subsequent tickets are £9 per ticket (£8 at The Mayflower).

Southampton Mayflower Theatre, 16 October 2014, 14.00
New Theatre, Oxford, 30 October 2014, 14.00
Bristol Hippodrome, 6 November 2014, 14.00

How can I book a repertoire workshop?

Contact the Department of Learning on 020 7581 1245 or email . Alternatively complete the and post/email back to the Department of Learning.

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