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Sadler's Wells, London
2 hours 15 minutes including two intervals
The award-winning Lest We Forget returns to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Featuring three poignant works, Lest We Forget reflects on the experiences of those who fought in the conflict, and those who stayed behind.

Drawing on superb design and evocative scores, choreographers Liam Scarlett, Russell Maliphant and Akram Khan have created dance pieces full of unforgettable and haunting images.

Liam Scarlett’s No Man’s Land evokes the entwined destinies of the women working in munition factories at home and the men fighting in the trenches, through emotional pas de deux set to a score by Liszt.

20 dancers tilt and sway in semi-darkness, rising and falling, in Second Breath, a “devastatingly effective” (Daily Telegraph) piece by Russell Maliphant featuring recordings of survivors and a live orchestra.

With “dancing full of pain and power” (The Independent), a pounding soundtrack and atmospheric lighting, Akram Khan’s Dust grabs you from the start and does not let go.

It stays with you long after curtain-down.
★★★★ The Telegraph

Please note: At the 24 September 7.30pm, 25 September 2pm, and 27 September 2pm performances we also perform Vera, choreographed by Stina Quagebeur and inspired by Vera Brittain’s memoir of the First World War, A Testament of Youth.

Main video: English National Ballet in Lest We Forget
Main image: English National Ballet in Dust by Akram Khan, part of Lest We Forget © Photography by ASH


No Man's Land

Liam Scarlett
Franz Liszt
Music excerpts from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses
Gavin Sutherland
Arrangement and Orchestration
Jon Bausor
Paul Keogan

Second Breath

Russell Maliphant
Michael Hulls
Andy Cowton
Ben Foskett
Stevie Stewart
Costume Designer


Akram Khan
Direction and Choreography
Jocelyn Pook
Sander Loonen
Set Design
Kimie Nakano
Fabiana Piccioli
Ruth Little


“Moving and ambitious”
“Timely and affecting”

Meet the principal cast

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