English National Ballet returns with Gershwin show

Culture vultures may soon be looking to book luxury suites in London ahead of a new string of performances at the London Coliseum by English National Ballet.
Strictly Gershwin will come to the theatre on January 4th to 15th 2012, following its successful run at the Royal Albert Hall.

Making use of the musical classics of the famed composer, known for his big-band style, the performance will combine some of the world's best dancers with a 50-piece jazz orchestra.

A short walk from Leicester Square, ideal for those staying in central London hotels, performances will be guided by the musical direction of Gareth Valentine and costume designers Roberta Guidi di Bagno.

"This glittering production recreates the razzmatazz of the big band era and Hollywood musicals, featuring a journey in dance from ballet to tap, ballroom to jazz, building to a breathtaking finale," explained the performers.

Audiences will be entertained with performances of top Gershwin classics, including Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, Summertime, Shall We Dance, The Man I Love, Someone to Watch Over Me and Strike up the Band.

The show has received praise from critics, with the Times reporting: "[Strictly Gershwin is] a sleek and hugely enjoyable production that celebrates some of the greatest popular music of the 20th century."

Additionally, the group will be running special events that dance fans can attend, such as Strictly Ballet, which allows fans to watch the dancers take part in their morning class.

Strictly On-stage, on January 7th and 14th, offers a creative workshop giving attendees a unique view of the performances and costumes.

Until December 30th, the group is performing the perennial festive favourite The Nutcracker, also at the London Coliseum.

Featuring the famous musical works of Tchaikovsky, that includes Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, the venue promises: "A magical, memorable and unmissable Christmas treat."

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