London Diary


Following an extensive refurbishment as part of the Royal Opera House's Open Up project, the Linbury Theatre has announced its first season, opening in December 2018. Dance highlights include TRIOConcert Dance with Alessandra Ferri, Herman Cornejo and Bruce Levingston from 17 - 27 January; New Work New Music with The Royal Ballet 6 - 9 February; National Dance company Wales  with their Awakening programme 8 - 9 March; Introdans in  a Dutch Masters bill 15 - 17 March; International Draft Works 11 - 12 April; Lost Dog in Juliet & Romeo 13 - 14 April; Pas Public 23 - 30 May; Ballet Black in The Suit and a new work  from 13 - 15 June and a Young Talent Festival from 16 June - 6 July. The video shows Royal Ballet first artist Joseph Sissens performing an extract from Charlotte Edmonds' jojo - the first dance performance in new Linbury Theatre.


The Royal Ballet opens the new season with Kenneth MacMillan's Mayerling from 8 - 30 October. Principal casting includes: Watson, McRae, Soares, Hirano or Bonelli as Crown Prince Rudolf; Osipova, Lamb, Cuthbertson, Hamilton, Takada or Morera as Mary Vetsera.


Presented by Dance Umbrella as part of this year's festival, Dimitris Papaioannou's The Great Tamer is being billed as an 'enigmatic exploration of life' and can be seen at Sadler's Wells on 16 & 17 October.


 Cymru Ballet in Dylan Thomas: A Child’s Christmas, Poems and Tiger Eggs.
© Sleepy Robot.

Dylan Thomas: A Child's Christmas, Poems and Tiger Eggs

Ballet Cymru will be presenting a new creation, Dylan Thomas: A Child’s Christmas, Poems and Tiger Eggs, inspired by one of Thomas’s most popular works, A Child’s Christmas in Wales. With choreography by Darius James and Amy Doughty, and music by Mason Neely and Cerys Matthews, the new ballet promises to take us on a journey through “snow, cats and melancholy!”  The ballet will come to the Lilian Baylis Studio Theatre in London on 3 & 4 November. Dylan Thomas: A Child’s Christmas, Poems and Tiger Eggs will also tour to Grantham, Cambridge, Teignmouth, Newport, Doncaster, Salisbury, Taunton, Leeds, Bangor, Stroud and Aberystwyth.



Royal Ballet choreographer and principal character artist Alastair Marriott, who is interviewed in the October issue of Dance Europe, is one of the Ballet Association's guests on Wednesday 7 November.   Meetings are held at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in London and start at 7.30. Visit for further information.


English National Ballet Lead Principal Joseph Caley in The Sleeping Beauty.


Joseph Caley, Lead Principal at English National Ballet, will be the guest of the London Ballet Circle on Monday 12th November at 7:30pm at The Civil Service Club, 13-15 Great Scotland Yard, London SW1.  £5 for members, £8 for non-members and guests.  Everyone is welcome.