London Diary

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Opera North in Kiss Me, Kate with Quirijn de Lang as Petruchio (centre) and the ensemble. © Tristram Kenton

Kiss Me, Kate

Opera North's production of Kiss Me, Kate is coming to the London Coliseum for a short run from 20 - 30 June. The popular show includes many of Cole Porter's greater hits including ‘Another Op’nin, Another Show’, ‘So In Love’, ‘Always True To You (In My Fashion)’ and ‘Too Darn Hot’, and has choreography by Will Tuckett. The cast includes Quirjin de Lang as Fred Graham/Petruchio and Stephanie Corley as Lilli Vanessi/Katharine and the dancers are Michelle Andrews, Rachael Crocker, Freya Field, Kate Ivory Jordan, Harrison Clark, Jordan Livesey, Ben Oliver, Ross Russell and Stephanie Elstob.


Semperoper Ballett - Houston Thomas in Forsythe's In the Middle Somewhat Elevated © Emma Kauldhar


Semperoper Ballett will be appearing at Sadler's Wells from 21 - 23 June with an all-Forsythe programme comprising In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Neue Suite and Enemy in the Fugue. The Dresden-based company is under the direction of Aaron S. Watkin who is interviewed in the June issue of Dance Europe.


Ballet Central, the graduate performance company of the Central School of Ballet, will be concluding their 2018 tour at Stratford Circus Arts Centre on 14 July. The programme includes ballets by Matthew Bourne, Wayne McGregor, Kenneth MacMillan and Christopher Gable, as well Jenna Lee's new Swan Lake.


No Bolshoi or Mariinsky Ballet in London this summer but the St Petersburg Ballet are returning to the London Coliseum with their production of Swan Lake from 22 August - 2 September. Dancers scheduled to appear in some of the performances include Irina Kolesnikova and guest artists Denis Rodkin (from the Bolshoi) and Kimin Kim (from the Mariinsky).