About the showRarely performed classic Raymonda bursts onto the West End in a dramatic new version inspired by Florence Nightingale. Dramatising the fortunes of a heroine seeking to write her own destiny, this rousing ballet plays at the London Coliseum.
As the Crimean War rages in 1853, Raymonda runs away from home to become a nurse on the front lines. Amidst the grit and blood of battle, she is torn between her fiancé, an English soldier called John, and her dear friend Adbur, leader of the opposing Ottoman army.
Inspired by the real nurses who supported the Crimean War efforts, Raymonda is a co-production between English National Ballet and Finnish National Ballet. The 19th century classic has been excitingly reworked by dancer and English National Ballet Artistic Director Tamara Rojo, who will make her directing and choreographing debut.
Audiences can also expect much of the original ballet to be on display, including a dramatic score by Alexander Glazunov and choreography by Marius Petipa.
Casting for Raymonda at the London Coliseum is to be announced.
Setting a rousing classic in a thrilling new historical setting, Raymonda is an unmissable offering from the London Coliseum. Catch its limited London run from 7 January 2021.
Who Should See It?Raymonda is so rarely performed in its entirety, that this new version of the ballet from leading names in British and European ballet is a must-see.