UK and International Tours
23 Sep - 26 Feb

A new ballet by Akram Khan, his second full-length production for English National Ballet.

We are sorry to announce that the performances of Creature at Sadler’s Wells and the Bristol Hippodrome in Autumn 2020 have been cancelled, and the performances in Chicago have been postponed.  The theatres’ box offices will be contacting ticket buyers in due course. Creature will receive its world premiere at Sadler’s Wells, London in September 2021: tickets now on sale.

Following the pivotal impact of Dust and Giselle, Akram Khan returns to English National Ballet for his third collaboration with us.

In a dilapidated former Arctic research station, the Creature has been conscripted by a military brigade into a bold new experimental programme. He is being tested for his mental and physical ability to adapt to extreme cold, isolation and homesickness; vital qualities in mankind’s proposed colonisation of the ‘final frontiers’ on earth and beyond.

Creature is an unearthly tale of exploitation and human frontiers inspired by Georg Büchner’s expressionist classic Woyzeck, with shadows of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Drawing on themes of abandonment, isolation and the fragility of the mind, Creature is the tale of an outsider and the search for belonging.

“The outcast, the stranger, have been a common theme in my work”, says Khan. “In Creature, I am looking further into the areas related to the sense of abandonment, rage and loss.”

Khan is joined by a brilliant creative team of Academy Award-winning designer Tim Yip, composer and sound designer Vincenzo Lamagna, lighting designer Michael Hulls and dramaturg Ruth Little.

A co-production between English National Ballet and Opera Ballet Vlaanderen (OBV)
Co-producers; Sadler’s Wells, London

Nominated for the FEDORA VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Prize for Ballet 2019

Main Image – Dancer: Jeffrey Cirio. Photo © Jason Bell. Creative Direction: Charlotte Wilkinson



Akram Khan

Direction and Choreography

Vincenzo Lamagna

Original Music and Sound Design

Tim Yip

Visual and Costume Design

Michael Hulls

Lighting Design

Ruth Little


Andrej Petrovic

Assistant Choreographer

Yvonne Gilbert

Sound System Designer

James Keane


Mavin Khoo


Nicky Henshall



Meet the principal cast

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