★★★✰✰ Wheeldon has woven a lot of narrative threads into his ballet spectacular.
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★★★★✰ It’s not the kind of work that will persuade anyone that ballet can be a subtle, nuanced and poetic art, but it is cracking entertainment and a treat in a dreary month.
★★★★✰ English National Ballet can once more reflect triumphally on another significant success.
★★★★✰ It's a better Sleeping Beauty than the Royal Ballet's, but it benefits enormously from a stellar performance at its heart, a reminder of how civilised ballet can be.
★★★✰✰ For all the recent innovations that Tamara Rojo has brought to the English National Ballet, including three stunning full-evening programmes of her own devising, the Nutcracker is still the heart of every season...
★★★★✰ The entire company looks strong and well disciplined.
Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou...
Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…
English National Ballet Nutcracker London, Coliseum 11 December 2014 Gallery of pictures by Dave Morgan www.ballet.org.uk You know that Christmas is really on its way when you see your first Nutcracker. And for me, it has to be a traditional one, from its classical dancing and scenario to brightly varied costumes and characters. Despite a few quirky moments, English National Ballet’s production...
Eight paragraphs of praise and I haven’t yet mentioned Alina Cojocaru! My advice to anyone yearning to see the special beauty of ballet is simple: take any chance you can to see Cojocaru dance.
...in the autumn of their dancing careers Acosta and Rojo put on a stunning display that brought many in the audience to their feet come the end.
In the Royal Ballet's last programme for this season two old favourites frame the first performances of Alastair Marriott's latest work, Connectome. It's a well-balanced evening and gives the new piece every chance to shine.
Anna-Marie Holmes’s latest staging of Le Corsaire has proved to be a triumph for English National Ballet...
A first night of superlatives and Tamara Rojo's done the country (not just London) a terrific service in her first full-evening commission. You'd be daft to miss Le Corsaire as it tours the UK. Bravo all.
The Tribute bill is a well-chosen one... The season has been so short that the dancers haven’t had time to grow into their roles. They look as though they’re remembering instructions rather than relishing the ballets.
Derek Deane created a winner that always seems to sell well and which people, including me, don't grow tired of. But fill your boots this year - next year "Romeo and Juliet" returns as the ENB/RAH blockbuster