Arts and Entertainment English National Ballet's 'The Nutcracker'

English National Ballet, London Coliseum

Dance: A bit of pointing and shoving

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Dance: Too sweet to be wholesome

THE NUTCRACKER ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET LONDON COLISEUM

FIRST NIGHT

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Dance: Dear, sweet Precious Little Sleep

WHEN Wayne Sleep's company of dancers introduced themselves by racing across the stage at the London Coliseum, most of them watched where they were going. His head alone revolved, uncannily, almost eerily, like Michael Redgrave's dummy in Dead of Night, to keep his face locked on the audience, drinking in their recognition and applause. He needs a spotlight in the way green plants need the sun.

Dance: In step with Sleep

There had been rumours that those lovely Hochhauser people were going to be bringing something extra special to the Coliseum this August. Something imported. Whatever it was, it fell through, but Wayne Sleep, OBE had a window in his schedule so he was booked instead.

Dance: Old stager cuts a fine dash

WAYNE SLEEP'S DASH LONDON COLISEUM

Dance: Skating far too close to the edge

We always knew that the London Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet) were performing marvels at their old home. With no flying tower, and a stage like a shelf, the Royal Festival Hall (which was built purely for orchestral concerts) is a dance director's nightmare - as the Royal Ballet is now discovering.

Letter: Opera budget

Sir: It is extraordinary for Derek Deane, the artistic director of English National Ballet, to make such strong allegations of waste against the Royal Opera House (20 November) without citing examples of such extravagance and without any knowledge of Royal Ballet budgets.

Letter: Arts in the South

Letter: Arts in the South

Dance: Super furry animals

Taking your children to the ballet can seem a fine idea, until they start screaming. But take heart, there are some Christmas shows designed to mesmerise even the most discerning young critic

Interview: A sweet suite to suit all sorts

English National Ballet is putting bums on seats with a popular new production of `The Nutcracker'. Artistic director Derek Deane is very happy about this - and rightly so - but then someone went and mentioned the Royal Opera House ...

Christmas crackers

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Offer: Classical & opera

One of the artistic highlights of the ENO autumn season is Janacek's From the House of the Dead at the London Coliseum.
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