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The best dance and ballet shows in London this October 2019

Take your pick from the highlights of the London dance scene this month

By Time Out London Theatre |

London's dance scene is hot with high pirouettes, lithe bodies and beautiful choreography. Time Out picks the best modern dance and ballet pieces to catch in the capital this October 2019, including a rave-inspired trip to Yorkshire, a joyful hip hop musical, and the international wonders of Dance Umbrella.

Dance, Ballet


icon-location-pin Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

The Royal Ballet perform Kenneth MacMillan’s controversial masterpiece, which plunges into a world of poverty and heartbreak in pre-Revolutionary France. 

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Tyrone Singleton and Jenna Roberts in 'Concerto', as staged at the Royal Ballet in 2017
Photo: Andy Ross
Dance, Ballet

Concerto / Enigma Variations / Raymonda Act III

icon-location-pin Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

The Royal Ballet's big Autumn triple bill shows off three works by choreographers who've defined the company's history. First up, 'Concerto' is an austere piece by contemporary master Kenneth MacMillan. Then, 'Enigma Variations' is a distinctly British work by Frederick Ashton, staged in period costumes. Finally, Russian legend Pepita's 'Raymonda Act III' offers a one act schooling in ballet tradition. 

© Rob Greig

ZooNation: Some Like It Hip Hop

icon-location-pin Peacock Theatre, Holborn

This retro movie-inspired hip hop musical by choreographer Kate Prince is back in the West End after wowing audiences when it premiered in 2011. It's very loosely based on the Billy Wilder film of almost the same name, with a dash of Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' thrown in. The show skips from comical slapstick to sentimental drama to soulful musical theatre, via backspins, popping and locking, and despite the slightly convoluted first act plot, by the end you will be completely infected by the cast's upbeat energy. Our advice: just go with it and you'll have a ball. Suitable for ages 7+.

Music, Classical and opera

Orpheus and Eurydice

icon-location-pin London Coliseum, Covent Garden

This new production of Christopher Gluck's stately 18th century opera will mix distinguished musical stylings with unbuttoned dance scenes, choreographed by contemporary ballet master Wayne McGregor. 

'Hocus Pocus' is part of Dance Umbrella 2019
Photo: Philippe Pache
Dance, Modern

Dance Umbrella

Dance Umbrella lights up October by bringing some of the world's most creative choreographers to London. This year's edition of the international fest is serving up work inspired by conjuring tricks, Berlin's rave scene, and New York's Voguing balls.

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