Image: Jeffrey Cirio rehearsing Song of the Earth © Laurent Liotardo

Struggling for Christmas present ideas? We can pointe you in the right direction. For an extra special present, which will last all year, make someone a Friend of English National Ballet.

For a ballet or dance fan, becoming a Friend or Patron  is the perfect gift. Delivered in an elegant gift envelope, welcome packs will also include an exclusive Christmas card, either left blank or with a message of your choice. Our Friends are the first to hear our year-round programme of stunning performances and events, receive advance casting notifications, and get behind-the-scenes access, including the opportunity to attend working stage rehearsals.

Tamara Rojo and Jeffrey Cirio rehearsing Song of the Earth © Laurent Liotardo


Friends of English National Ballet gain access to our special events including masterclasses, talks and Company Class and have the opportunity to attend working stage rehearsals which are only open to our supporters! All of this in addition to receiving exclusive ticket offers and discounts, priority booking and advance notification of castings. We will keep you up to date with the goings on of the Company through regular mailings including our monthly e-newsletter and annual magazine In the Wings.

Our Great Friends receive all Friends benefits plus invitations to rehearsals in our studios and opportunities to watch English National Ballet Philharmonic rehearsing at Henry Wood Hall in Borough. You will also receive invitations to additional events exclusive to Great Friends including the Annual Great Day Out.

Read more or buy a Gift Membership here. Friend membership begins at £50 per year by Direct Debit and Great Friend membership starts at £110 per year by Direct Debit.

Precious Adams in rehearsals for La Sylphide © Laurent Liotardo

Being able to attend rehearsals and masterclass events in the English National Ballet studio is a wonderful benefit of being a Friend. These events provide a fantastic opportunity to get up close to the action and really understand exactly how a ballet is staged – just magical.
Sue, a Great Friend

Know a young fan?

Help children discover the world of ballet by signing them up as a Ballet Buddy. At just £25 for the year, being a Ballet Buddy gives children between 3 and 10 years old the opportunity to obtain a unique insight into the world of ballet, meet dancers, learn the secrets behind the stage performance, and enjoy fun events, tailored just for them. Read more here.

The Ballet Buddy open day was such an amazing experience for my five-year-old and I. The atmosphere at the Company is truly one of family, where we were made to feel very welcome.
Kate, a Ballet Buddy parent

For further information or to organise a gift, call the Friends Office on 020 7590 2950 or email Order by Thursday 21 December to guarantee delivery for Christmas.

Friends and Ballet Buddies Gift packs will also be available to purchase from the Merchandise desk at the London Coliseum from 13 December 2017 – 6 January 2018.