ENB’s 75th season

Published: 23 February 2024
Reporter: Vera Liber

Akram Khan's Giselle Credit: Laurent Liotardo

Featuring two world premières, a company première and the return of audience favourites, English National Ballet’s 75th season has been announced by Artistic Director Aaron S Watkin.

Akram Khan’s Giselle will return to London at Sadler’s Wells for the first time since 2019. Mary Skeaping’s Giselle will also be touring to the Liverpool Empire and Manchester’s Palace Theatre in the autumn before returning to the London Coliseum in January 2025.

Christmas 2024 will see a new production of Nutcracker, choreographed by Watkin and Olivier Award-winning choreographer Arielle Smith, opening at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre before performances at the London Coliseum.

In spring 2025, ENB will return to Sadler’s Wells with The Forsythe Programme, a triple bill showcasing highlights of William Forsythe’s work. Playlist (EP) returns alongside New Suite, an arrangement of eight earlier pas de deux set to scores by Händel, Berio and Bach. Completing the programme is a new work in which Forsythe takes inspiration from the 2nd movement of Prokofiev’s piano concerto number 3 in C major Opus 26: “Tema con Variazioni”.

For younger audiences, ENB and English National Ballet School will revive My First Ballet: Swan Lake at the Peacock Theatre in April 2025. In summer 2025, English National Ballet will launch Choreo Labs for company dancers to explore new choreographic ideas.

To mark English National Ballet’s 75th season, a free, 10-day digital celebration in June 2025, ENB@75, will feature performance excerpts, interviews, archive footage and behind-the-scenes insights.

    Related listings

  • Akram Khan’s Giselle - Score by Vincenzo Lamagna adapted from the original by Adolphe Adam (English National Ballet)
  • Giselle - Choreography by Mary Skeaping, after Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa, music by Adolphe Adam (English National Ballet)
  • My First Ballet: Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky (English National Ballet and English National Ballet School)

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