Earlier this year, we saw English National Ballet stripped back to bare essentials in a celebration of ballet and the history of the company. This winter they're back at the beautiful Coliseum with a sumptuous trio of classic ballets: Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Manon.
Manon, always sexy, tragic fare, will be even more poignant as not only is it the first time the company have tackled this MacMillan masterpiece but in the lead role is Agnes Oaks, long-term star ballerina of ENB, who is retiring at the end of the season. She'll be dancing opposite her husband, Thomas Edur in the role of Des Grieux. It's a balletomane's wet dream, frankly and we'll certainly be there to witness it.
However, tutus and frou frou are the order of the day for the pre Christmas programme and we've got 2 tickets to Sleeping Beauty to give away to you for nowt. Simply answer this question: what's the name of the wicked fairy who ruins Aurora's christening?
Sleeping Beauty performance dates: 3-6, 9-13 December 7.30pm, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14 December 2.30pm. Tickets are subject to availability and that the competition applies to performances from Tues to Thurs. Please state which performance you would like to win tickets for. Competition closes 3 December, 5pm. Winner will be notified by email.
Book for any of the ENB's performances online.
Image by Patrick Baldwin courtesy of English National Ballet.