English National Ballet bring their new production of the popular 19th century ballet Le Corsaire to Oxford’s New Theatre this autmn.  Le Corsaire (The Pirate, inspired by Byron’s poem) tells the story of Conrad, a dashing pirate, and his love for Medora, a beautiful harem girl. It is a swashbuckling drama of captive maidens, rich sultans, kidnap and rescue, disguise and conspiracy, love and betrayal, culminating in a shipwreck which is one of the most breath-taking spectacles in ballet. English National Ballet is the first UK Company to perform the complete work which showcases some of the most bravura male dancing in the ballet repertoire.

Hollywood film designer Bob Ringwood (Batman, Alien 3, Star Trek Nemesis, Ai and Troy) has created new sets and costumes for this ripping period piece, an adventure story which promises unmissable entertainment and great dancing.

‘Romance, betrayal, murder – even a shipwreck…’
New York Sun

‘This swashbuckling ballet has it all’
New York Sun

Staged by Anna-Marie Holmes after Marius Petipa and Konstantin Sergeyev
Music by Adolphe Adam, Cesare Pugni, Leo Delibes, Riccardo Drigo, Prince Pyotr van Oldenburg, Ludwig Minkus, Yuly Gerber, Baron Boris Fitinhof-Schnell and Albert Zabel
Edited by Lars Payne and Gavin Sutherland
Libretto by Jules-Henri de Saint-Georges and Joseph Mazilier in a version by Anna-Marie Holmes
Based on The Corsair (1814) by Lord Byron
Sets and Costumes by Bob Ringwood
Lighting by Neil Austin

Performances:  Wednesday 30th October 7.30pm, Thursday 31st October 2.00pm and 7.30pm, Friday 1st November 7.30pm, Saturday 2nd November 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes with two intervals

Tickets:  £11.90-£42.90 plus £4.00 transaction fee

To book online:  http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/le-corsaire/new-theatre-oxford/#overview_tab