Join us for a sell-out First Night: a Gala Ballet in London to celebrate the English National Ballet’s 70th Anniversary: sold out

This is an unmissable ballet event, a spectacular non-stop programme of some of the most important, enjoyable and iconic works, dancers and choreographers which make up English National Ballet’s history and ground-breaking repertoire. They will be led by the great Sergio Bernal, considered the finest dancer of his era, and the remarkable prima ballerina Tamara Rojo

The First Night performance is Friday, January 17, 2020, and because we know this will be popular with our Members, and it is already a sell-out gala programme, we have also booked for the following matinee and the final evening performance, on Saturday, January 18

We shall have best seats in the centre of the Dress Circle, and we shall open the evening with a delicious three-course Champagne Dinner at the Savoy Hotel

BEST CENTRE DRESS CIRCLE SEATS IN THE HOUSE AWAIT US.

We are delighted to open the new season with a spectacular Opening Night—the English National Ballet’s 70th Anniversary Gala. This will be an artistic achievement combined with joyous entertainment and wonderful classical dance and music. Classics of the Ballets Russes melt into extracts from the great masters—Balanchine, Petit, MacMillan and more—to create an astonishing, dream-like vision of 70 years of the English National Ballet.
This is a great time to celebrate the English National Ballet: ‘This is a company on flying form’, writes the Telegraph. ‘The English National Ballet is firing on all cylinders,’ applauds the Express.
‘FINEST MALE DANCER OF HIS ERA’: SPAIN’S SERGIO BERNAL.
The Gala First Night will open the new year with a glorious celebration of ballet, and ballet history in the making. In all this glory it will showcase the international Spanish star dancer Sergio Bernal, considered the finest young dancer of his era and winner of the prestigious Positano Dance Prize, previously won by Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn.
Only three Gala performances are scheduled, and they will be sold out—but we have secured centre seats in the Dress Circle to make sure our Members do not miss out—and you can choose the First Night to the following day’s Matinee and Evening performances, to the full—having first enjoyed a delicious Champagne Three-Course Dinner at The Savoy Hotel.
ROJO, GREATEST DANCE ACTRESS OF HER GENERATION’.

This will be a very special programme combining history, classical ballet and ballet greats such as Nureyev and Carlos Acosta, Dame Alicia Markova and Sir Anton Dolin, who founded the Company. Dominic Best, who directed BBC documentaries ‘Good Swan, Bad Swan: Dancing Swan Lake’ and ‘Giselle: Belle of the Ballet’, has created a film which will dissolve into live performance on stage, with extracts from such iconic works as Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece ‘The Sleeping Beauty’, Rudolf Nureyev’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’, created for HM The Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, August Bournonville’s ‘La Sylphide’, Ronald Pettit’s ‘Carmen’ and Akram Khan’s thrilling production of ‘Giselle’.

ERINA TAKAHASHI: ‘EPITOMISES FAIRYTALE PERFECTION’.
Leading the ballerinas will be Tamara Rojo CBE, former Royal Ballet star and now the Company’s creative director as well as first prima ballerina. As well as being astonishing on stage—she has been described by The New York Times as ‘the greatest dance actress of her generation’—she has been applauded for her artistic vision. With Rojo and Bernal will be Erina Takahashi—who ‘epitomises glittering, fairytale perfection’, and an array of talents: Fabian Reimair, Francesco Gabriele Frola, Jeffrey Cirio, James Streeter and Matthew Astley, Anjuli Hudson and the young American star, Precious Adams, ‘an exciting talent’. And there will be a performance of one of the Company’s signature pieces, ‘Etudes’ by Harald Lander, which they first performed in 1955.
THE ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET, ‘ON FLYING FORM’.
All in all, this will be a must-be-there event. The price for our Members for the entire evening is only £139 per person, including centre Dress Circle seats, a three-course Champagne Dinner at the Savoy Hotel, your taxi to the Coliseum, VAT and restaurant service charge. The full value of the evening is at least £180. (If you prefer to book for the performance without the Champagne dinner, the cost is only £xx per ticket.)
THE SAVOY, WHERE OUR CHAMPAGNE DINNER AWAITS.

BOOK THIS SELL-OUT 70TH ANNIVERSARY GALA

This celebrated 70th Anniversary Gala performance will be made even more enjoyable by a three-course Champagne Dinner in the famously stylish Kaspar’s Restaurant at The Savoy Hotel. Our tables for both evening performances are booked from 5pm, after which we shall be whisked to the Coliseum by taxi in good time for the performance, which starts at 7.30pm. (If instead you opt for the matinee performance, you are invited to enjoy a three-course Champagne Lunch.)
The dates to choose from are Friday, January 17 (the First Night, an evening performance), and Saturday, January 18 (matinee or evening). Tickets for the full evening cost Members just £139 per person. This includes your  Dress Circle seat at the opera, three-course Champagne Dinner at The Savoy, VAT, restaurant service charge and taxi from The Savoy Hotel to The London Coliseum. The full value is £180.
Only a limited number of tickets are available for each performance, and these are already sell-out shows, so if you would care to join us please click on one of the links below to book the full event on your preferred date, including Three-Course Champagne Dinner (or Lunch if you prefer to see the Matinee). Please do not delay, as we have very limited ticket availability.
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For tickets for the full event, the English National Ballet’s 70th Anniversary Gala Performance preceded by a Three-Course Champagne Dinner, for the First Night, Friday, January 17, 2020 (code EB17CC04), at £139 per person, please click here..
For tickets for the full event with Champagne Lunch, for the Matinee, Saturday, January 18 2020 (code EB18CC04), at £139 per person, please click here.
For tickets for the full event with Champagne Dinner, for the Final Night, Saturday, January 18 2020 (code EB19CC04), at £139 per person, please click here.
If you prefer to book your tickets by phone, please call Member Services on 020 7399 2960.
However you choose to book, tickets will be allocated on a strict first-come-first-served basis. To extend the pleasure of the evening and stay the night at The Savoy at your exclusive Club rates saving £200 or more per night (or stay at another of our hand-picked hotels and clubs, also at exclusive rates), please click here to check availability, or call us on 020 7399 2960.
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DELICIOUS 3-COURSE CHAMPAGNE DINNER AT THE SAVOY HOTEL

As a fitting opening to this glittering First Night event we shall enjoy a Champagne Three-Course Dinner at The Savoy Hotel.

You and your guests will be welcomed with a chilled glass of Champagne to toast the occasion. This will be followed by three courses from the Savoy’s delicious Pre-Theatre menu, each with a choice of dishes, chosen to reflect the season and beautifully prepared under the eye of the Executive Chef Joost Bijster, recently arrived at The Savoy from Michelin Star restaurants.

It is too soon to know the exact menu but were we to dine today the dishes would include, for starters, the delicious Cornish Crab with Avruga caviar, burnt lemon and blinis. Or you might choose Beetroot & Burrata with quinoa, yoghurt, calamansi and walnuts

As for the main course, you might enjoy a delicious Loch Duart Salmon with clams, Irish dulse and Avruga velouté. Or, for a vegetarian option, you might prefer a risotto of seasonal mushrooms, truffle and egg yolk.

To follow in this restaurant once ruled by the great chef Escoffier himself, there may be Peanut and Salted Caramel Gianduja with chocolate ganache and Maldon sea salt caramel ice-cream. Or a delicious Yuzu & Sesame Meringue Tart with Mirliton sponge, toasted tahini, yuzu curd and citrus ice-cream. Or you might prefer the Chef’s choice of ices and sorbets.

Whatever is on the menu, The Savoy will ensure that the cuisine is superb and the service faultless, and a fitting opening to the star-studded performance which lies ahead.

BOOK THIS UNMISSABLE 70TH ANNIVERSARY GALA

The Opening Night is Friday, January 17, 2020. The Matinee is Saturday January 18 and the final performance is Saturday Evening. Your central Dress Circle tickets with Champagne Pre-Theatre Three-Course Dinner (or Lunch if choosing the Matinee) at Kaspar’s at The Savoy, your taxi to the London Coliseum, VAT and service charge, the cost to Club Members is only £139 per person (the full value is £180).
We have only a limited number of tickets and these are already sell-out performances, so please book your preferred performance now.
For tickets for the full event with Champagne Dinner, for the First Night, Friday, January 17 2020, please click here.
For tickets for the full event with Champagne Lunch, for the 2pm Matinee, Saturday, January 18 2020, please click here.
For tickets for the full event with Champagne Dinner, for the Final Night, Saturday, January 18 2020, please click here.
If you prefer to book by phone, please call Member Services now on 020 7399 2960.

EXTEND THE PLEASURE WITH A NIGHT OR TWO AT THE SAVOY HOTEL

You may wish to extend the pleasure of the occasion by staying a night or two at The Savoy or another of our hotels and clubs at your exclusive Club rates.
Your Club rates at The Savoy start at £299 plus VAT in a Superior Queen room for two sharing, with a complimentary room upgrade if available on arrival. The published rate for this room is £750 per night, and the best like-for-like, fully flexible rate we can see currently on the web is £550, with no chance of an upgrade—so as a Club Member you are saving at least £200 per room per night, whether you choose to book for this gala ballet, or any other time, subject only to availability when booking.
Our rates at other hotels and clubs start at £119 plus VAT for two including full English breakfast and room upgrade.
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