Family ballet opens in London

Published: 23rd July 2014

Family ballet opens in London

The English National Ballet is taking its production of Coppelia on tour following its opening in London.

And judging by photos taken at rehearsals Erina Takahashi - pictured alongside Daniel Kraus in her ballet shoes, tights and floral dress - and the rest of the cast have a real spring in their step.

Coppelia is a comic ballet which tells the story of toymaker Dr Coppelius, who invents a life-size dancing doll that he wants to bring to life.

A local villager, Franz, becomes infatuated, only for his fiancée Swanilda to then dress as the doll to show him the error of his ways, a move which fools the inventor into thinking his dream has come true.

Takahashi plays Swanilda in the family ballet with Kraus playing Dr Coppelius.

Following seven performances at London Coliseum, starting on July 23 and concluding on July 27, the tour moves on to Southampton's Mayflower Theatre in mid-October.

The tour, which finishes on November 8, also takes in Oxford's New Theatre and the Bristol Hippodrome.

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