English National Ballet My First Ballet: Coppélia

English National Ballet My First Ballet: Coppélia


My First Ballet: Coppélia

5 April – 25 May 2014, Peacock Theatre, London and on tour

PRESS PERFORMANCES: Tuesday 8th April 2pm and 7pm

Concept and Direction: George Williamson

Choreography: George Williamson, after Ronald Hynd

Musical Director: Gavin Sutherland

Design: David Walker with additional costumes by Wizzy Shawyer

Lighting Designer: Richard Howell


English National Ballet and English National Ballet School present the third in their My First Ballet series with Coppélia, the comic tale of an eccentric toymaker and his mechanical doll, based on Ronald Hynd’s original production. Last year’s creative team of Gavin Sutherland and ENB’s Associate Artist George Williamson, will be collaborating again to bring young audiences their first taste of ballet, with captivating music and beautiful choreography performed by students of the English National Ballet School. Léo Delibes’s irresistibly melodic score is accompanied with narration from Michael Coleman to ensure that everyone enjoys this classic story.  

Children aged 3 and above can get their first taste of classical ballet. Created with youngsters in mind, the simplified version builds on the great success of My First Sleeping Beauty and My First Cinderella, which both appeared at the Peacock Theatre and on tour, hoping to inspire long term relationships with the art form, reaching out to newcomers today and developing the audience of tomorrow.

The dancers will wear the sumptuous costumes from the company’s full production giving audiences the look, feel and quality of a classic ballet. However the adapted story and choreography will make it more approachable and fun for younger audiences.

English National Ballet School is a touring company featuring second year students of outstanding potential in performances produced by English National Ballet, continuing the initiative to bring ballet to young audiences. George Williamson is a graduate of English National Ballet School.

English National Ballet was awarded a £114,520 grant from the Leverhulme Trust in 2013. The grant was awarded to support two years of the series and English National Ballet are delighted to announce that the funding will also support My First Ballet: Coppélia, helping to develop the dancers of the future and enable students to gain vital skills by working with a professional company.

George Williamson, Associate Artist, said: “I am so pleased to be working on the My First Ballet series for a second year. Last year’s production reached over 45,000 children and it’s fantastic to be a part of their first steps to becoming supporters of the ballet. I am tasked with transforming this joyful ballet so that it is engaging to the eyes of children as young as three, introducing them to classical music, balletic mime and the magic of the theatre while still giving them all the elements of a grown up ballet. I have a fantastic team of artists working with me on this project and we cannot wait to share this charming story with children across the country.”

Running Time: 80 minutes approximately | Suitable for ages 3+

George Williamson – Associate Artist

George Williamson is a young British choreographer and graduate of English National Ballet School. George’s first major commission was Firebird for English National Ballet. His role, which was new to ENB last year, aims to nurture young talent with great potential. George will also work with arts organisations to build collaborative projects, and bring the work of English National Ballet to communities across the UK, particularly to the touring venues. He oversees the choreographic competition, which is a yearly event for the Company, as well as the Emerging Dancer Competition. He returns to the My First Ballet series after choreographing last year’s My First Cinderella.

The Leverhulme Trust was established by the Will of William Hesketh Lever, the founder of Lever Brothers. Since 1925 the Trust has provided grants and scholarships research and education. Today, it is one of the largest all-subject providers of research funding in the UK, distributing over £60m a year.  

My First Ballet: Coppélia

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

01743 281281

5 April 11am, 2pm, 5pm

6 April 11am, 3pm

Tickets: £26, £21, £11 (Child £21, £16, £9)


My First Ballet: Coppélia

Peacock Theatre

0844 412 4300

8 April 2pm, 7pm

10 April 2pm

11 April 11am, 2pm

12 April 11am, 2pm, 5pm

13 April 11am, 2pm

15 April 11am, 2pm

16 April 11am, 2pm

17 April 11am, 2pm

19 April 11am, 2pm, 5pm

Tickets: £25, £20, £15, £10


My First Ballet: Coppélia

Palace Theatre, Manchester

0844 871 3019

26 April 11am, 2pm, 5pm

27 April 11am, 3pm

Tickets: £26, £21, £11 (Child £21, £16, £9)


My First Ballet: Coppélia

Assembly Hall Theatre, Royal Tunbridge Wells

01892 530613

3 May 11am, 2pm, 5pm

4 May 11am, 3pm

Tickets: £26, £21, £11 (Child £21, £15, £8)


My First Ballet: Coppélia

New Victoria Theatre, Woking

0844 871 7645

10 May 11am, 2pm, 5pm

11 May 11am, 3pm

Tickets: £26, £21, £11 (Child £21, £16, £9)


My First Ballet: Coppélia

Waterside Theatre Aylesbury

0844 871 7607

17 May 11am, 2pm, 5pm

18 May 11am, 3pm

Tickets: £26, £21, £11 (Child £21, £16, £9)


My First Ballet: Coppélia

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

08448 717 620

24 May 11am, 2pm, 5pm

25 May 11am, 3pm

Tickets: £26, £21, £11 (Child £21, £16, £9)

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