Discover: The Best Dance And Ballet Productions In London

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We unveil London's most spellbinding ballet and dance productions, where artistry takes centre stage...

As summer bids us adieu, fear not, for September is pirouetting into the scene with an array of dance spectacles that will cha-cha away those autumn blues. From the soul-stirring rhythms of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at Sadler's Wells to the graceful tribute to Ukraine by the Kyiv City Ballet at the Peacock Theatre, London is ready to tango its way into your heart. And if you're up for a mind-bending adventure, avant-garde South Korean choreographer Eun-Me Ahn is set to rumba your senses. But amidst this whirlwind of dance, where do you find the city's best ballet and dance productions? Well that's where we come in- so read on to discover more!

Kyiv City Ballet

Peacock Theare, Portugal St, London WC2A 2HT

The Kyiv City Ballet are debuting in their first-ever London performance at the Peacock Theatre, they're ready to grand jeté their way into your hearts. Their program? Well, it's a medley of their favorite numbers, from 'Les Sylphides' to 'Tribute to Peace,' 'Carmen,' and a dash of Ukrainian folk dance with 'Men of Kyiv.' It's not just a performance; it's a testament to the strength of art in the face of adversity. So, let's support these dancers as they dance for peace, for Ukraine, and for a night of enchantment. Catch them at the Peacock Theatre, but hurry, as they won't be in town for long! Tickets start at just £12.50, so you can enjoy world-class dance without breaking the bank. 

Magic Mike Live

 Square, Cranbourn Street, Leicester, London WC2H 7JH

Get ready to unleash your inner wild side at Magic Mike Live, London's steamiest and sassiest dance extravaganza! Conceived and directed by the one and only Channing Tatum, this electrifying performance, which has already set Las Vegas ablaze, is now heating up the Hippodrome Casino in the heart of London. Whether you're planning a ladies' night out, a sultry date night, or just an excuse to dress to the nines, Magic Mike Live promises an unforgettable evening that'll leave you breathless and maybe even a little flushed. The Hippodrome Casino has been transformed into a mesmerizing and intimate venue, specially designed to immerse you in the experience. Expect 360-degree dance acrobatics, heart-racing routines, and a few surprises that might just include a special appearance by Mr. Tatum himself! So, if you're into fun with friends, laughing out loud, dressing up, letting loose, cute cocktails, and, of course, hot guys, then this is your ticket to an unforgettable night. Arrive early, stay late, and soak in the unique atmosphere with drinks available throughout the show. Tickets start at just £69.

<> Giselle

London Coliseum, St Martin's Ln, London WC2N 4ES

Giselle pirouettes into the heart of London's dance scene! Since its Parisian debut in 1841, this enchanting ballet has been enthralling audiences with its timeless tale of love and betrayal. The English National Ballet's rendition, choreographed by the illustrious Mary Skeaping, is a fan favorite, whisking you away to a world where love transcends even death. Watch as Giselle, a young and fragile village girl, falls for a seemingly perfect suitor, only to discover a heart-wrenching truth that drives her to the brink of madness. But that's not the end of her story; from beyond the grave, she joins the ethereal Wilis, a coven of women who lead men to their fates through dance. Will Giselle exact her revenge on the man who wronged her, or will her love conquer all, even the forces of darkness? This hauntingly beautiful production features stunning choreography, mesmerizing design by David Walker, and enchanting lighting by Charles Bristow. Book your Giselle London tickets today and let the English National Ballet take you on a journey through love, heartbreak, and redemption at the London Coliseum from January 11 to January 21, 2024.

Nutcracker: Tuffnut Jazz

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX

Jazz up your holiday season with a twist on a timeless classic at The Nutcracker by Tuffnut Jazz Group! Choreographed by Olivier Award-winning maestro Drew McOnie, this toe-tapping production adds a dash of jazz to the beloved Tchaikovsky score, reimagined for an on-stage jazz band by the talented Cassie Kinoshi. Held at the pop-up Tuff Nut Jazz Club on Level 1 of the Royal Festival Hall, this isn't your grandmother's Nutcracker—it's a cabaret-inspired extravaganza! You can nab a cabaret table for two at £136-£150, or opt for more reasonably priced standard tickets. Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, this reimagined Nutcracker promises a whirlwind of hope, heart, and humor as Clive, Nutcracker, and Sugar Plum embark on a mischievous adventure filled with self-acceptance. Prices start at £35.

England on Fire

Sadlers Wells Theatre, Rosebery Ave, London EC1R 4TN

BalletBoyz are back with a bang, and they're setting the stage ablaze at Sadler's Wells with their unmissable production, "England on Fire." With characteristic audacity and a dash of political flair, this uber-ambitious and multidisciplinary extravaganza promises to be a fiery fusion of dance, music, and visual art. It's a triumphant return for BalletBoyz, who have always pushed the boundaries of British ballet, and this time, they're not holding back. With over forty talented artists, including musicians, choreographers, and dancers, "England on Fire" immerses you in a contemporary journey that explores trust, betrayal, friendship, love, identity, loneliness, honor, and redemption. From punk dancemaker Holly Blakey to post-punk band Gag Salon, this is not your traditional ballet—it's a bold and explosive live experience that dares to be different. Tickets range from £15 to £55, so grab yours and prepare to burn the dance floor at Sadler's Wells from November 8 to November 11, 2023.

Alice Ripoll: Zona Franca


Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX

Get ready for an electrifying dance experience as Brazilian dance group Cia Suave and choreographer Alice Ripoll make their much-anticipated London debut at the Southbank Centre with "Zona Franca." This dynamic performance tackles profound questions about freedom, individual choices, and the impact of societal shifts. Through a captivating blend of popular Brazilian dance styles, including passinho, contemporary dance, contact improvisation, performance theatre, Afro-house, and more, Ripoll's choreography explores the political climate of Brazil, reflecting on the presidency of Jair Bolsonaro and the hopes associated with President Lula's return to power. Don't miss this energetic fusion of movement and political commentary from November 2 to November 4, 2023, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Tickets range from £20 to £32.

The Snowman

Peacock Theatre, Portugal St, London WC2A 2HT

The festive season is upon us, and the Peacock theatre welcomes the frosty adventure of "The Snowman" to the stage again for its 26th year. This timeless tale, based on Raymond Briggs' beloved picture book and the classic film, tells the enchanting story of a young boy whose snowman creation magically comes to life. With captivating choreography, spectacular design, and the iconic song "Walking in the Air," this production promises to transport you to a winter wonderland filled with penguins, princesses, and even a visit from Father Christmas himself. Don't miss the magic of "The Snowman" from November 18th to December 30th, 2023. Tickets start at just £18.00, and there are family group offers available starting from £30 each. 

Don Quixote

Royal Opera House, Bow St, London WC2E 9DD

"Don Quixote" tilts its way onto the Royal Opera House stage this autumn. With a running time of approximately 3 hours, including two intervals, Carlos Acosta's production of this classic tale brings together comedy, wit, and bravura choreography in a sun-bleached village in southern Spain. Follow the vivacious young couple, Kitri and Basilio, through a whirlwind of jolly villagers, cheeky ragamuffins, and dashing matadors, all set to the spirited score by Ludwig Minkus. This energetic work is a showcase for The Royal Ballet's Principal dancers, with joyous ensemble dances and bravura solo roles. Starring exceptional talents like Marianela Núñez and Vadim Muntagirov, "Don Quixote" promises a night of heartwarming humor, romance, and stunning dance. Catch it from September 30th to November 17th, 2023, with prices ranging from £9 to £150. 

Message In A Bottle

Peacock Theatre, Portugal St, London WC2A 2HT

"Message In A Bottle" is the electrifying dance spectacle that'll have you dancing in your seat. This gripping tale of humanity and hope, inspired by Sting's Desert Rose, takes you on an exhilarating journey through displacement, immigration, and survival. Choreographed by Olivier Award nominee Kate Prince and set to Sting's iconic hits like "Roxanne" and "Every Breath You Take," this production combines breathtaking athleticism, high-energy footwork, and heart-stirring storytelling. Following its rave reviews at Sadler’s Wells The Peacock theatre in the West End, it's back by popular demand. Book your tickets here!

The Nutcracker: ROH

Bow St, London WC2E 9DD

As the festive time of year quickly approcahes, it only makes sense to dive into all the Christmas performances on offer. The traditional take on "The Nutcracker" at the Royal Opera House is the ultimate holiday treat that'll have you pirouetting in delight. This beloved classic, set to Tchaikovsky's enchanting score, whisks you away to an Edwardian London Christmas Eve party where the magic begins. As the clock strikes midnight, join Clara and her beloved Nutcracker as they journey through a world of snow, battle the Mouse King, and twirl into the glittering Kingdom of Sweets, all accompanied by breathtaking choreography and sumptuous designs. With plenty of evening and matinee performances, this festive ballet is the perfect way to share the magic of the season with family and friends.