70th Anniversary Gala

London Coliseum
Approx. 2 hours 40 minutes including one interval (subject to change)
A spectacular programme for an unmissable celebration.

Celebrate with us the countless dancers, choreographers, artists, musicians, artisans, technicians and audience members who, over our 70 years, have been a part of the English National Ballet family, as we and English National Ballet School come together for this once-in-a-lifetime event.

In the first half, we present a non-stop programme of some of the most important, enjoyable and iconic works that make up English National Ballet’s history and ground-breaking repertoire. See casting and repertoire here.

Classics of the Ballets Russes (that inspired our original vision) melt into modern productions; archive footage of the Company dissolves into live action on stage; and extracts from great masters – Balanchine, Petit, MacMillan and many more – follow one another to create an astonishing, dream-like look back at our history, and that of modern ballet.

The evening concludes with a stunning showcase of the great talent across all the ranks of English National Ballet, with Harald Lander’s Etudes. This favourite of our repertory, which we first performed in 1955, begins with traditional ballet exercises and steps and ramps up to a show-stopping display of dancing.

For 70 years, English National Ballet has been known for artistic excellence, innovative collaborations and bringing world-class ballet to the widest possible audience. For this special anniversary, support us with the purchase of a premium ticket, which includes a programme and a donation to the company.


Casting and Repertoire

View full casting here.

The Gala performances will begin with a blend of film and performance. Using archive footage of English National Ballet, Dominic Best, who directed BBC documentaries Good Swan, Bad Swan: Dancing Swan Lake and Giselle: Belle of the Ballet, will create a special film which will dissolve into live performance on stage, with extracts from the following works to be performed:

  • Apollo, George Balanchine
  • Who Cares?, George Balanchine
  • La Sylphide, August Bournonville
  • Swansong, Christopher Bruce
  • Strictly Gershwin, Derek Deane
  • Playlist (Track 2), William Forsythe
  • Coppélia, Ronald Hynd
  • Dust, Akram Khan
  • Giselle, Akram Khan
  • Broken Wings, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
  • The Sleeping Beauty, Kenneth MacMillan
  • Romeo & Juliet, Rudolf Nureyev
  • Carmen, Roland Petit
  • Three Preludes, Ben Stevenson

International dance star Sergio Bernal will be joining the Company as Guest Artist for the 70th Anniversary Gala, performing Farruca (Three-Cornered Hat).

ENBYouthCo will also perform a short piece choreographed by their Creative Director, Richard Bermange.

The gala performances conclude with a nod to English National Ballet’s early years, with a performance of one if its signature pieces, Etudes by Harald Lander, first performed by the Company in 1955.

Subject to change.


Only one discount per ticket. Subject to availability. Available from the London Coliseum Box Office, on all performances.

Discounts are not available on Premium tickets.

Friends of English National Ballet
20% off Stalls, Dress and Upper Circle seats, max. 6 per person.

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

Book for two or more English National Ballet productions at the London Coliseum (Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, 70th Anniversary Gala) at the same time and save 15%

Students / Senior Citizens / Westminster Rescard / Registered Unemployed
£5 off each ticket

Under 30’s
Two-for-one on £75 tickets (in Stalls and Dress Circle)

Wheelchair Rate

Groups: 10+
Save 30% per ticket

Terms and Conditions
We regret that refunds cannot be given on tickets purchased, and exchange is subject to conditions and availability. English National Ballet reserves the right to make alterations to the programme, casting, dates, times, discounts and prices as necessary. Information subject to change.

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