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Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration

Six British dance companies come together on the Royal Opera House stages to celebrate MacMillan’s extraordinary legacy

Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet and Yorke Dance Project come together to celebrate the profound influence of Kenneth MacMillan, marking the 25th anniversary of his death.

What's on

Concerto / Le Baiser de la fée / Elite Syncopations

18 | 19 October at 7.30pm
Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet, The Royal Ballet and Scottish Ballet perform two of MacMillan’s sunniest works alongside a new production of his dark, classical fairytale.

The Judas Tree / Song of the Earth

24 October at 7.30pm
1 November at 7.30pm

The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet present two of Kenneth MacMillan’s most complex and important works.

Gloria / The Judas Tree / Elite Syncopations

26 | 27 October at 7.30pm
Birmingham Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet, The Royal Ballet and Scottish Ballet perform three ballets that show the range and versatility of MacMillan’s muse.

Jeux

18 | 19 | 24 October at 6.30pm
The Royal Ballet dances Wayne Eagling’s short ballet inspired by MacMillan’s re-creation of Nijinsky’s lost Debussy work.

Sea of Troubles

26 | 27 October at 6.30pm
1 November at 6.30pm

Yorke Dance Project performs Kenneth MacMillan’s powerful short ballet inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Insights

In addition to the performances on the main stage and in the Clore Studio, there will be a vibrant programme of insights exploring MacMillan’s legacy.

The company directors

Find out more about the directors of the six companies participating in Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration.

News and features

  1. 12 May 2017

    Reviving Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling: a Royal Ballet milestone

    MacMillan’s potent dramatic ballet places great demands on its cast and requires careful planning – but the results are electrifying.

  2. 19 April 2017

    Mayerling dance highlight: the Bedroom pas de deux

    This intense duet reflects the shared obsession that will lead Prince Rudolf and Mary Vetsera to their joint suicide.

  3. 13 April 2017

    Ballet Essentials: Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling

    Our quick introduction to this shattering work from the master of dark narrative ballet.