Top London dance shows this month

Our guide to the best London dance shows you can see in the coming weeks.

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A host of London dance shows are on across the capital this month. From ballet to tap, from street dance to folk tales, there is a wealth of options. The tough choice is where to start.

We’re here to help with a handy list of the London dance shows she’s most excited about this month. We’re sure one or two will be up your dance street.

 

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella (Sadler’s Wells) – Until 27 January

Matthew Bourne's Cinderella at Sadler's Wells
Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella at Sadler’s Wells

Master storyteller Matthew Bourne brings all his inventive flair to bear on his update of the traditional fairy tale, set during World War II.  The put-upon heroine falls for a dashing RAF pilot, but they’re separated by the perils of the Blitz. It’s danced to Prokofiev’s magnificent score and features designs and lighting by Olivier Award winners Lez Brotherston and Neil Austin.

Swan Lake / The Nutcracker (Churchill Theatre) – 3 to 6 January

St Petersburg Classic Ballet at Churchill Theatre
St Petersburg Classic Ballet at Churchill Theatre

Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet returns to Bromley following its first visit in 2015. The Russian company presents a pair of ballet standards: Christmas family favourite The Nutcracker and possibly the world’s most famous ballet, Swan Lake.

Song Of The Earth / La Sylphide (London Coliseum) – 9 to 13 January

Song of the Earth / La Sylphide at London Coliseum
Song of the Earth / La Sylphide at London Coliseum

English National Ballet is back in London with a double bill. Kenneth MacMillan’s Song Of The Earth, performed to a Mahler song cycle, is a touching tale of mortality. La Sylphide is a story of romantic obsession that leads to tragedy. BOOK NOW

 

Resolution 2018 (The Place) – From 12 January

Resolution 2018 at The Place (Image: Chris Nash)
Resolution 2018 at The Place (Image: Chris Nash)

Not one show but many  – the UK’s largest festival for new dance returns for a 29th year. In the course of the festival, the works of more than 80 artists will be staged at the St Pancras venue. With so much to choose from, there’s a dance piece to suit any taste.

La Jeune Homme Et La Mort / La Sylphide (London Coliseum) – 16 to 20 January

Le Jeune Homme Et La Mort / La Sylphide at London Coliseum
Le Jeune Homme Et La Mort / La Sylphide at London Coliseum

For English National Ballet’s second double bill of January, La Sylphide is joined by the tale of a man in love with a cruel mistress. Roland Petit’s dramatic ballet is performed to music by Bach. BOOK NOW

The Nutcracker / Swan Lake (Richmond Theatre) – 17 to 21 January

The Nutcracker at the Richmond Theatre
The Nutcracker at Richmond Theatre

Another Russian ballet company presents two famous ballet works danced to Tchaikovsky’s music. At Richmond Theatre, it’s Moscow City Ballet performing the magical pieces.

Autobiography (Laban Theatre) – 26 to 27 January

Autobiography at Laban Theatre
Autobiography at Laban Theatre

The latest piece from Company Wayne McGregor finds the acclaimed choreographer turning his eyes on his own life. Inspired by his genome and his life story, each performance of Autobiography is a little different.