Le Corsaire

18 Nov 2015 – 25 Jun 2016


Liverpool Empire

18 Nov 2015 – 21 Nov 2015

London Coliseum

13 Jan 2016 – 24 Jan 2016

Royal Opera House, Muscat

10 Mar 2016 – 12 Mar 2016

Palais Garnier, Paris

21 Jun 2016 – 25 Jun 2016

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The most thrilling of all classical ballets.

Le Corsaire (The Pirate) follows the escapades of a dashing pirate, Conrad, who journeys across the high seas to save his beautiful harem girl, Medora. It is a swashbuckling fantasy tale of captive maidens and cutthroats, love and betrayal.

Full of action, passion and romance, this classic story ballet has been reinvented by English National Ballet, the only UK company to perform the complete work.

This extravagant and exhilarating production enthralled audiences and received rave reviews when it premiered in 2013. Staged by Anna-Marie Holmes, with the breath-taking sets by Hollywood designer Bob Ringwood (Batman) and English National Ballet Philharmonic performing the sweeping, romantic score, Le Corsaire is an unmissable, entertaining adventure.

★★★★★ "A roaring success"
Financial Times

★★★★“Le Corsaire is all about dancing fireworks”
The Times 

★★★★ “Overflowing with colourful costumes, pirates, sumptuous scenery and dance party pieces”
The Independent 

★★★★"Fabulously entertaining… if you’ve never been to a ballet, trust me, this is the place to start"
The Observer 

★★★★"The spectacle is stunning"
The Daily Telegraph

★★★★ “A magnificent fantasy world”
Daily Express

★★★★ “A piratical delight”
The Sunday Telegraph

★★★★ “Bursting at the seams with nonstop gutsy dancing” 
Sunday Express

"A rollicking romp with exciting display dances, and gorgeous to look at"
Sunday Times

"Utterly fabulous"
"Absolutely fantastic"
Read what audiences are saying about Le Corsaire here.

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Running Time

2 hours 30 minutes including 2 intervals


A pirate ship sails across the high seas, captained by our hero Conrad and his faithful pirate crew: they are on a mission to rescue Medora, Conrad’s love, from the hands of the slave trader Lankendem.

Act I – The Bazaar

Lankendem is selling his slave girls in a busy market place. Conrad suddenly spies Medora peering from a balcony, and she throws Conrad a rose as proof of her feelings towards him.

When the Pasha, the Governor of the citadel, arrives, Lankendem presents three young women he wants to sell to him. All three are soon rejected, so Lankendem presents the enigmatic Gulnare. The Pasha buys her immediately. Meanwhile Medora attempts to escape with the help of Conrad’s slave, Ali, but is stopped. Peering under her veils, the Pasha is taken by Medora’s beauty and insists she dance for him.

As Medora dances everyone is entranced by her beauty; the Pasha, unable to resist such temptation, buys her as well. Consumed with love for her, Conrad commands Ali and the pirates to raid the village kidnapping both Medora and Lankendem and taking them back to their secret hideaway.

Act II – The Pirate’s Cave

Reunited again, Conrad shows his hideout to Medora, promising her all his treasures and possessions. Birbanto, the second in command, confronts Conrad, for all the riches are not his to give. 

After Medora, Conrad and Ali dance to entertain the crew of pirates, she pleads for the slave girls’ freedom. Conrad agrees, but Birbanto rebels: a ferocious fight ensues with Conrad victorious. 

Birbanto devises a devious plan: he sprays a rose with a sleeping potion, which send Conrad into a drugged sleep. As Conrad lays unconscious, he decides to kidnap Medora, who cuts his arms when trying to defend herself.

In the confusion, Lankendem steals her back and escapes. When Conrad awakes, Birbanto feigns ignorance: his captain vows to rescue his love again.

Act III – The Pasha’s Palace

Gulnare is entertaining the Pasha and the Vizier when they are interrupted by Lankendem entering the palace with Medora. The Pasha is delighted Medora has been recaptured and declares he will make her his most treasured wife. 

To celebrate, he smokes on his opium pipe and soon falls asleep, and dreams of his harem in his fantasy garden, with Gulnare and Medora dancing amongst flowers.

The Pasha is awakened by the arrival of Conrad, Birbanto and the pirates disguised as merchants, minstrels and conjurors. They trick their way into the palace, before revealing their true identities: Conrad and his men chase away the Pasha as the pirates dance in victory. Birbanto suddenly rushes in chasing Gulnare, and Medora then exposes Birbanto as a traitor and Conrad shoots him. Ali helps Medora, Gulnare and Conrad escape and they flee to the ship, now reunited.

Main Characters

Medora – beautiful Greek woman
Conrad – dashing pirate
Gulnare – Pasha’s slave girl
Lankendem – bazaar owner
Ali – Conrad’s devoted slave
Birbanto – Conrad’s friend
Pasha - a wealthy Seyd 

Staged by Anna-Marie Holmes after Marius Petipa and Konstantin Sergeyev
Music by Adolphe Adam, Cesare Pugni, Leo Delibes, Riccardo Drigo, Prince Pyotr van Oldenburg, Ludwig Minkus, Yuly Gerber, Baron Boris Fitinhof-Schnell, Albert Zabel and J. Zibin. 
Edited by Lars Payne and Gavin Sutherland
Libretto by Jules-Henri de Saint-Georges and Joseph Mazilier in a version by Anna-Marie Holmes
Based on The Corsair (1814) by Lord Byron
Sets and Costumes by Bob Ringwood
Lighting by Neil Austin

Only one discount per ticket. Subject to availability.

Available on all performances and all price bands unless stated otherwise.

20% off dress and upper circle seats, max. 6 per person. Call Box Office to book.

Book for Nutcracker and Le Corsaire (both at the London Coliseum) at the same time and save 20%.

Save 30% per ticket. Valid Mon - Fri matinee performances (ie excludes Fri evening - Sun performances).

Up to two children (under 16) can attend half price with every full paying adult.Children under 5 are not allowed in the auditorium.

£5 off each ticket.

Two-for-one on top-price tickets (normally £79 per ticket). Call Box Office to book. Tickets will be held at Box Office for collection.

Thu 14 Jan 2pm £8 per pupil + 1 free teacher ticket per ten students. Available on selected areas only. For all other performances, the Groups rate and conditions apply.


Casting is subject to change. We will endeavour to give as much notice as possible via our website and social media.

Palais Garnier, Paris

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Tue 21 Jun 7.30pm

Tamara Rojo Lead Principal Medora

Isaac Hernández Lead Principal Conrad

Shiori Kase First Soloist Gulnare

Ken Saruhashi First Artist Lankendem

Cesar Corrales Junior Soloist Ali

Yonah Acosta Principal Birbanto

Wed 22 Jun 7.30pm

Alina Cojocaru Lead Principal Medora

Osiel Gouneo Guest Artist Conrad

Laurretta Summerscales Principal Gulnare

Jinhao Zhang Artist of the Company Lankendem

Yonah Acosta Principal Ali

Cesar Corrales Junior Soloist Birbanto

Thu 23 Jun 7.30pm

Erina Takahashi Lead Principal Medora

Yonah Acosta Principal Conrad

Ksenia Ovsyanick Soloist Gulnare

Brooklyn Mack Guest Artist Lankendem

Cesar Corrales Junior Soloist Ali

Fernando Bufalá Soloist Birbanto

Fri 24 Jun 7.30pm

Tamara Rojo Lead Principal Medora

Isaac Hernández Lead Principal Conrad

Shiori Kase First Soloist Gulnare

Ken Saruhashi First Artist Lankendem

Cesar Corrales Junior Soloist Ali

Yonah Acosta Principal Birbanto

Sat 25 Jun 2.30pm

Laurretta Summerscales Principal Medora

Brooklyn Mack Guest Artist Conrad

Ksenia Ovsyanick Soloist Gulnare

Junor Souza First Soloist Lankendem

Jinhao Zhang Artist of the Company Ali

Fernando Bufalá Soloist Birbanto

Sat 25 Jun 8pm

Alina Cojocaru Lead Principal Medora

Osiel Gouneo Guest Artist Conrad

Shiori Kase First Soloist Gulnare

Fernando Bufalá Soloist Lankendem

Isaac Hernández Lead Principal Ali

Cesar Corrales Junior Soloist Birbanto

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