English Youth Ballet is one of the UK’s largest ballet companies and will be visiting the Kings Theatre stage this October with performances of Coppélia on Friday 20th October at 7.30pm and Saturday 21st October at 2.30pm & 7.30pm. The charming story of Coppélia follows the escapades of the dreamy Franz and how he comically falls in love with a beautiful, life-like doll. The doll – Coppélia – is created by the eccentric, yet mysterious inventor, Dr Coppelius. The hilarious plot thickens when Franz’s jealous lover, Swanhilda, takes her friends on an adventure into the spooky house of the mad inventor to confront her rival. Of course, the story ends happily after the truth is uncovered. The whole town joins the most extravagant wedding celebration for the smitten Franz and Swanhilda.
The choreography is adapted from Arthur Saint-Léon’s exquisite original. The adaptation has been created by Director Miss Janet Lewis and her team of international principal artists who coach the young dancers. Much of Leo Delibe’s beautiful orchestral score to the ballet will be instantly recognised. The stage designs for the ballet are by Sebastian Petit and the costume designs are by Keith Bish. Sell-out audiences have been treated to beautiful international principal artists sharing the stage with the top up-and-coming young talent from the local area. EYB’s large cast ensures the ballet is performed with the scale and grandeur which was originally intended, the company is made up of 6 professional principals and 70 local dancers (aged 8 – 18). There are now ex-EYB young performers in some of the world’s best companies – including the Royal Ballet.
The professional principal dancers have joined EYB from some of the world’s most renowned ballet companies – including the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, National Ballet of Portugal and Ballet de Toulouse. British principal dancers include Phillip Unstill, Oliver Speers & Trevor Wood. Monica Tapiodor Moreno-cid is a Spanish principal dancer, Samantha Camejo is a Brazilian dancer and Amy Drew is from Australia.
Tickets are £24 – £22 – £19 / Concessions £2 off. Find out more and book online HERE.