FOUNDING OF THE COMPANY
Ballet stars Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin, along with impressario Julian Braunsweg, officially established the Company that would become English National Ballet.
Beginning life under the name Gala Performances of Ballet, the Company adopted the name Festival Ballet, then London Festival Ballet until June 1989.
Touring was at the heart of the Company's plans from the very beginning with the first performances taking place at the King's Theatre, Southsea, followed by a season at the Pavillion, Bournemouth.
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